How do St Mary's services feel post-lockdown? - updated December 2021

We are monitoring the Government Covid-guidance closely, and will continue to follow it, seeking to act responsibly as well as to respect the freedoms that we are currently being granted. Current legislation requires facemasks to be worn only in shops and public transport, but not in hospitality venues. We will therefore not be insisting that people wear facemasks at St Mary’s unless that legislation changes. We recognise, though, that many people will chose to do so at present, and so encourage everyone to respect one another’s choices and help one another to feel as comfortable as possible as we worship together. We will also rope off alternate pews in some sections of the church so that people can easily remain socially distanced should they prefer to do that. 

Sunday worship:

Distancing

Social distancing restrictions have now been fully lifted. While individuals and households may sit wherever they would like, we urge everyone to respect the wishes of others, and only sit close together if both parties are comfortable with that.

Face masks

We will not be requiring anyone to wear masks, although, of course, we fully recognise that some people will prefer to continue wearing their face-masks and ask everyone to be sensitive to one another's choices.

Singing

We are delighted to be able to sing again!

General easy precautions

We'll continue to collect information for Track and Trace. Please sign in on the sign-in sheet or with your smart phone using the QR code. This information is kept for 21 days. Please use the hand sanitiser as you enter and leave the church.

Refreshments

We are enjoying tea, coffee and refreshments before our 10.30 service, and hope to be able to extend our hospitality again to do the same after our services as soon as volunteer numbers recover.

Livestreaming

We will continue to serve those who still feel vulnerable through the live-streaming of our main Sunday service.

Thursday worship

As above. Additionally the building will have been cleaned just before the service.

Private prayer

The church is now open daily for private prayer.

A comprehensive risk assessment is available if you would like further detail. 


FAQ’s

Can we sing?

Yes - we can sing now!

Can we have communion?

Yes - although this may still look a little different from normal.

Are there youth and children’s groups?

Yes, we're delighted that our groups for children and youth are operating again.

Will our services be ‘normal’?

While we recognise that some people remain hesitant about re-engaging post-lockdown, we are trying to make our services feel as near to the way that they did pre-Covid as we responsibly can.

What's happening soon?

Youth Christmas Party Fri 10th Dec New Beaconsfield Hall, Shipton-under-Wychwood More info
Sunday Service in church Sun 12th Dec St. Mary's Church, Chipping Norton More info
Encounter Sun 12th Dec St Mary's Church, Chipping Norton More info