COVID-19
Covid-19 - our current guidance
Updated: Friday 1st April 2022
St John's PCC regularly review our Covid-19 risk assessment. The current local restrictions and guidance are in force for visitors to the church and centre.

For your safety, and the safety of others, we politely request that anybody who is intending to attend a service at St John's Church or activities at St John's Centre read the following text before travelling to the building.

St John's Church is open for public worship

We want to offer you a warm and safe welcome to St John's Church.

On Sundays, there will be monthly services at 8:30am and weekly services at 11am. The earlier service will be from the Book of Common Prayer (traditional language).

You are no longer legally required to wear a face covering inside St John's Church or Centre. You are welcome to do so as your own choice. There is no expectation to do so, especially if you were exempt under Covid legislation. However, if you would feel more comfortable if wearing a face covering for part or all of your visit, you are encouraged to do so.

Though social distancing from other households is no longer required by law, we ask you to consider those who may be vulnerable, who may be uncomfortable being approached, or who may not be fully vaccinated.

Our children's and toddler groups and Sunday creche have resumed. Midweek church activities have also now resumed.

Congregational singing has resumed at St John's. Mask wearing is not required.

Refreshments after the 11am service have resumed.

We continue to provide hand sanitisation stations around the building to reduce the risk of contact-based transmission.

The toilets in church will be available.

Important: as restrictions are lifted, to help keep church a safe place, if you or any member of your household...

  • have symptoms of Covid-19, currently defined as one or more of a fever, a new and persistent cough, a loss of or change to your sense of taste and/or smell,

  • are awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test,

  • have a positive test result for Covid-19, or have a diagnosis of suspected or confirmed Covid-19,

  • have been in contact with somebody who has symptoms of Covid-19, who is awaiting the results of a test for Covid-19, who has a positive Covid-19 test result, or who has a diagnosis of suspected or confirmed Covid-19,

  • have been identified as at risk of infection with Covid-19 or asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS app,

  • are within any self-isolation or quarantine periods,

...we politely ask that you please do not attend church in person at this time. Please observe the points above even if you have no symptoms or do not feel unwell.

Following any of the above, please follow NHS guidelines regarding the timescales surrounding when it will be safe for you to return to church. Please consult your GP or appropriate NHS services if in doubt.

You may wish to take a Covid-19 lateral flow test before coming to church. These are self-test kits which you can perform at home and are best completed within 24 hours before attending. They are available from some retailers and will deliver a result within an hour of the test being taken. You will not be asked to provide proof of a negative test or vaccination to gain entry, however we would obviously ask you not to attend if your test returns a positive result.

It is impossible to remove all risk, and the Bishop has made it clear that anybody who does not feel comfortable returning to public worship in church buildings at this time should not feel under any pressure to do so. We support the Bishop in this position.

Further, regular reviews of these arrangements will take place and they may be loosened or tightened - or the facility closed again, as felt necessary to protect our clergy, staff, volunteers, congregation and community. Despite these measures, we will of course endeavour to make church and the centre as welcoming as possible.

Thank you for your understanding and support at this time.

Updated: April 2022
This guidance supercedes previous information, and will remain in place until further announcement. Updates will be posted on this page. Major revisions will be publicised on our news page. Should any discrepency exist between our advice/requirements and the government's legal requirements, the requirement of the law should be followed.

St John's Centre is open

We want to offer you a warm and safe welcome to St John's Centre.

Users must have a dynamic risk assessment, proof of public liability insurance and a signed contract. Users must adhere to government guidance while using the facility.

We continue to provide hand sanitisation stations around the building to reduce the risk of contact-based transmission.

To help keep the centre a safe place, if you or any member of your household...

  • have symptoms of Covid-19 (currently defined as one or more of a fever, a new and persistent cough, a loss of or change to your sense of taste and/or smell),

  • are awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test,

  • have a positive test result for Covid-19, or have a diagnosis of suspected or confirmed Covid-19,

  • have been in contact with somebody who has symptoms of Covid-19, who is awaiting the results of a test for Covid-19, who has a positive Covid-19 test result, or who has a diagnosis of suspected or confirmed Covid-19,

  • have been identified as at risk of infection with Covid-19 or asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS app,

  • are within any self-isolation or quarantine periods,

...we ask that you please do not come to the centre. Please observe the points above even if you have no symptoms or do not feel unwell.

Following any of the above, please follow NHS guidelines regarding the timescales surrounding when it will be safe for you to return to your activities. Please consult your GP or appropriate NHS services if in doubt.

You may wish to take a Covid-19 lateral flow test before coming to the centre. These are self-test kits which you can perform at home. They are available free from pharmacies and will deliver a result within an hour of the test being taken. You will not be asked to provide proof of a negative test or vaccination to gain entry, however we would obviously ask you not to attend if your test returns a positive result.

Please monitor our weekly notice sheet, emails, social media pages, website and this page for any further updates.

Further, regular reviews of these arrangements will take place and they may be loosened or tightened - or the facility closed again, as felt necessary to protect our clergy, staff, volunteers, congregation and community. Despite these measures, we will of course endeavour to make church and the centre as welcoming as possible.

Updated: January 2022
This guidance supercedes previous information, and will remain in place until further announcement. Updates will be posted on this page. Major revisions will be publicised on our news page. Should any discrepency exist between our advice/requirements and the government's legal requirements, the requirement of the law should be followed.