Here you can find up-to-date information about what St John’s is doing during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are keeping up to date with Government guidelines and will respond quickly and appropriately if these change.
Worship and Prayer
The church is open for public worship and services are no longer being streamed online.
Various advice is in place to keep everyone safe:
- It is mandatory to wear a face covering inside the building unless you are exempt, and we ask that you are considerate of the sensitivities of others and keep an appropriate distance. Hand sanitiser is available at the entrance to the building and we ask that you check in using the QR code and NHS app.
- Those who come to the High Mass on Sunday morinng 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.
- Communion will be in one kind only until Advent Sunday on 29 November, when the chalice will be reinstated.
- Those who use a toilet will need to disinfect it afterwards.
- When necessary, separate doors will be used for entrance and exit, and doors will be left open for ventilation.
- For now, Christian Meditation remains on Zoom only.
- The church is open for private prayer 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.
The Hive is operating as usual with a sit down meal and afternoon activities.
Foodbanks have reported a significant increase in demand during the pandemic, as many people have found themselves unemployed or on a reduced income. Now we have reopened our doors, you can donate food for Norwood and Brixton Foodbank, but you can also donate money in the following ways:
- By phone:
Text dinner 5 to 70085 to donate £5
Text dinner 10 to 70085 to donate £10
- Online through the Foodbank’s Virgin Money charity page.
- By cheque or standing order: information here
- Through Bankuet, which provides the Foodbank with exactly what they need
Supporting St John’s
Most of our normal expenditure hasn’t gone away (insurance, Parish Support Fund, building maintenance), but we have lost all the income we usually receive from hiring out the hall and the church.
Therefore more than ever we need your support to keep St John’s running until things are back to normal. If you are able to give any amount, either as a one-off or more regularly, please donate.