Covid-19

Arrangements in place

The services will be broadcast live on the St Matthew's YouTube channel.   Details of our services can be found on our Services page and a recording of the service will also be available via St Matthew’s YouTube channel.

Philippians 2.4 Let each of you look not to your own interests but the interests of others.

We feel the time is now right to say mask wearing in church is now optional. Many of us will choose to continue wearing masks and we encourage people to do this. People serving at Communion will wear masks during distribution, as will welcomers and the coffee team. Other Covid measures remain in place

Please continue to sanitise your hands when you come in and go out.

The one-way system will remain in place for communion, as will other COVID measures such as ventilation.

We want to welcome everyone, but we ask that you do not come to the church building if you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of COVID 19.

Cleaning and hygiene

The church is being regularly cleaned in line with government guidelines.

Arrival at church

Please enter the church building through the glass doors. Hand sanitizer is available just inside the doors which we ask everyone to use this: please don’t linger at the doors or sanitizer station to avoid a cluster of people.

Seating and one-way system

Chairs and pews are set at appropriate distance apart to maintain social distance.  Households can of course sit together without observing social distancing. Please don’t move the chairs as these have been carefully positioned.

Communion

Communion will be offered by intiction until further notice.

Other arrangements

We will be livestreaming the service, so if you are concerned about being filmed, please let the welcomers know and they will seat you somewhere where there’s no risk of this. We realise that there are good reasons why people cannot be filmed so please don’t hesitate to say so.  However, we would also like to have some congregation visible in the livestream, so please say if you are happy to be seen ‘on camera’.

At the moment we can’t offer the usual style of prayer ministry because of the need for social distancing. However, if you would like to be prayed for, please write your prayer down (anonymously if you wish) and put it in our prayer ministry box.