Below you'll find a summary of the worship arrangements for Sunday and weekday services as adopted by our Parish Council in the light of Diocesan and Government requirements. Please also check the "What's on now?" section of the main menu for any additional changes and announcements regarding our worship and church activities at Christ Church.
Christ Church is required to follow all Government and Diocesan requirements - so that we and the wider community continue to stay safe.
...what are the worship requirements now?
The arrangements below are neccessary to meet the Government and Diocesan health requirements, so that we and our whole community stay as safe and well as possible. Some of the arrangements may be further relaxed with time, but as of November 2022 please be aware of the following -
THERE IS NO NEED TO SHOW EVIDENCE OF VACCINATION STATUS OR TO 'CHECK IN' AT ANY SERVICES OR PARISH MEETINGS - ALL SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE.
although mask wearing is NOT mandatory, the strong Diocesan and Government advice (November 2022) is that masks are RECCOMENDED TO BE WORN AT ALL INDOOR SERVICES AND CHURCH MEETINGS AND WHENEVER SOCIAL DISTANCING CANNOT BE EASILY MAINTAINED. The Parish Council has endorsed this Diocesan recommendation and strongly encourages parishioners to wear masks to services and church gatherings;
anyone showing Covid or flu-like syptoms should not attend church services but rather self-test and isolate until cleared by medical testing - please do NOT attend church if you are unwell or showing any of these symptoms. This is for the safety of all;
Hand sanitisers will continue to be available at the church door and should be used by those attending, on arrival and on leaving the church;
social distancing should be maintained before, during and after ALL services, including during the actual Eucharist itself; the Greeting of the Peace should not include any physical contact with others at the church - an acknowledgement with clasped hands or a slight bow is sufficient (and safer!);
refreshments will be served inside the church if Government directives permit and social distancing can be maintained.
These restrictions are necessary and required if we are to stay safe and if our worship in church is to continue.... and it is worshipping together that is the important thing!
... and as Diocesan and Government directions change, and as some of the remaining restrictions listed above can be lessened or removed, then ourVicar and the Parish Council will announce further changes.
....and we will continue to be able to worship together as a faith community!
Updated 1st November 2022