Last week, the Prime Minister laid out the government’s timetable for the resumption of something approximating to “normal” life. In view of the continued fall in infections, both locally and nationally, the Churchwardens and I have decided that this is an appropriate time to begin a cautious re-opening of St John’s to public worship. Last week, we invited you to attend the Wednesday and Saturday Low Masses and we now feel ready to invite limited numbers to attend Mass on Sunday. For the next two Sundays, 7 and 14 March, we will be very happy to welcome a congregation of no more than 45 people. Assuming this goes well, then from 21 March, we plan to allow a congregation of up to 90 people.
There are of course some conditions which come with this re-opening and these are:
- you MUST let us know in advance that you plan to attend. You do this by emailing [email protected] no later than 5pm on the preceding Friday. If you email after this time, or turn up without having emailed, we may not be able to let you come into church
- you will have your temperature taken on entry to St John’s. If the reading shows that you have an elevated temperature, I regret that we will ask you to leave
- you must wear a mask, use hand sanitiser and observe distancing regulations
- once you have taken a seat in church, you must stay there – please don’t change seats
- you must not stay in church after the Mass or spend time chatting to other worshippers. I completely realise that it will be a pleasure to see familiar faces again, but please take conversations outside
Should you prefer to continue to participate online, this is absolutely fine – you need to do what is best for you – and we will continue to stream our services online for the foreseeable future.
We will continue to review the situation over the coming weeks and will change our plans if that seems sensible or necessary.