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Following the issuing of new government guidelines on places of worship, from Sunday 5th July public services will resume at St John’s, with many still available online.

The pattern of worship and prayer will be as follows:

  • The Parish Mass will be celebrated in church at 10am on Sundays, continuing to be streamed on Facebook and uploaded to YouTube afterwards. The service booklet each week can be found on this page.
  • Low Mass will be celebrated in church on Wednesdays and Saturdays and on Festivals, always at 10am. It will be possible to join in via Zoom: a link is distributed via the parish email, which you can sign up for here.
  • Morning and Evening Prayer will be said in church every day at 9am (9.15am on Sundays) and 5pm.
  • For now, Christian Meditation will remain on Zoom only.
  • The church will be open between the usual hours: between 8.45am and 5.30pm each day. Please use the alcohol hand gel provided, and observe social distancing. The church is cleaned each evening after the doors are shut.

Various precautions will be in place:

  • Those who come to the Parish Mass on Sundays will be required to give their name and telephone number, which we will keep for 21 days, to enable tracing to take place if another worshipper displays symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Worshippers will be required to sit in households or support bubbles, with two metres between groups.
  • There will be no singing.
  • The bread for the people will be covered while prayers are said over it.
  • The president will wash his hands at various points.
  • Communion (bread only) will be brought to people’s seats.
  • Those who use a toilet will need to disinfect it afterwards.
  • There will be no refreshments after services.
  • When necessary, separate doors will be used for entrance and exit, and doors will be left open for ventilation.

We hope that you will join us as soon as you feel confident to do so.

The children’s groups (Diddy Disciples and Junior Disciples) and the Upper Norwood Hive will not resume for now. We will make an announcement when this is possible. Our dedicated Covid-19 page contains all the latest information.

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