COVID-19
Current Local Covid-19 at St John's Church & Centre
Updated: Friday 10 September 2021
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 the later than usual time of 11am. The earlier service will be from the Book of Common Prayer (traditional language).

The law no longer requires the wearing of face coverings in church. As part of our local risk assessment, we politely request that those who were not previously exempt wear a face covering in the building until seated. At your discrection, the Government encourages you to wear a face covering at all times while in the building, but this is not enforced.

We continue to encourage social distancing from other households while in the building. This is no longer a legal requirement and will not be enforced, but we ask you to consider those who may be vulnerable, who may be uncomfortable being approached, or who may not be fully vaccinated.

We will be operating provision for Test and Trace. If required, we may pass on the contact details you provide to NHS Test and Trace.

Our children's and toddler groups are planned to resume in the coming weeks.

Congregational singing has resumed from Sunday 12 September 2021. To take part we politely ask you to wear a face covering while singing, unless you were exempt under previous government guidance.

Refreshments after the 11am service will resume from Sunday 26 September 2021. Social distancing will be in operation.

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

Though the toilets in church will be available, we ask that you avoid using them unless absolutely necessary.

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 the 24-36 hours before attending. 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.

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: Thursday 23 September 2021, 20:30
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.

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: Monday 16 August 2021, 17:00
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.