coronavirus Coronavirus - Latest Update 

Sunday 1 November
Following the Prime Minister's announcement yesterday our churches will be closed for worship in the buildings from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, but are open for our services on Sunday 1 November and will still be open for private prayer as usual. Join us online instead.

Saturday 8 August
Face coverings are now mandatory in our church services 

Saturday 25 July
People are now encouraged to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet, such as a place of worship. The Church of England strongly advises that face coverings should be worn by all those attending our Sunday services though it is not mandatory.

Saturday 11 July
This week our PCC agreed that we can restart services in church from Sunday 19 July. We agreed to continue to have online services for those who prefer or cannot get to church. During a trial period to the end of August we will hold services twice a month at St Peter's at 10am with our first being on 19 July and twice a month at All Souls' at 9.30am and St Mark's at 11am with our first being on 26 July. There will be no evening service during this period. We will follow all Church of England guidelines to ensure our services are as risk free from coronavirus as possible.

We hope many of you will be able to join us for worship in church over the next few weeks, but we want to make sure our services are safe for everyone, so please bear in mind the following before you come:

  • Please do not attend a service if you have any symptoms of the virus or have come into contact with someone in the last 14 days who has tested positive.
  • if you are at extra risk or classified as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ then please consider carefully the risks of coming to church, though the decision is yours alone.
  • Due to the risks of transmitting the virus lifts should not be given by church members so if you need a lift please ask a member of your household to take you if possible or consider a taxi that has safety measures in place.
  • The wearing of face coverings is voluntary.
  • To assist with the government’s track and trace system we will keep a record for 21 days of all who attend our services.
  • Please don’t arrive more than 15 minutes before the service starts to minimise the time spent in the closed environment.

To minimise risk of transmission of coronavirus the following measures will be in place in each church:

  • A thorough cleaning regime will ensure that any surfaces likely to be touched by worshippers will have been cleaned before the service
  • Please use the hand sanitiser provided as you enter the church or bring your own
  • Please ensure you do not encroach within two metres of anyone from outside your household. You may have to queue to come in to church and as you wait to be instructed by a sidesperson as to where to sit, so please keep your distance.
  • To ensure social distancing every other pew will be unavailable to be used in St Peter’s and All Souls’ and in St Mark’s chairs will be placed where you can sit. Please sit at the far end of each row away from the aisle, except in the wide middle pews in St Peter’s where it is best to sit in the middle. Only one household can sit in any pew or row, except for some middle pews at St Peter’s where it may be possible for two individuals to sit two metres apart and away from the aisles.
  • Unfortunately there can be no Sunday school provision for children and no tables set out for colouring and activities, so please bring your own activities for children. If you bring young children please don’t let them wander around church as they have no concept of social distancing.
  • There will be no collection during the service, but there will be a plate at the back of church for you to place your offering before or after the service. If you have been setting money aside for Gift Days or other purposes please put them in an envelope clearly marked. Cash and cheques will be accepted, but will not be handled for 72 hours.
  • There will be no singing during the service, but hymns may be played for silent worship and reflection. During any responses please do not raise your voice.
  • No hymn books or Bibles will be handed out, so if you would like a Bible please bring your own. In St Peter’s and St Mark’s all words will be shown on the screen. In All Souls’ service sheets will be provided, but must be taken home.
  • During communion we will be using individual communion wafers rather than bread; wine will not be offered. We will follow Church of England guidelines to keep it safe which will be explained during the service.
  • After the service please wait to be told by the service leader and/or sidesperson when to leave and which exit to use. Please do not linger in the building. There will be no refreshments after the service, but you can talk outside church in groups of no more than six people if you keep two metres away from each other.

Saturday 27 June
With the government's announcement this week that churches can resume worship from 4 July we are still awaiting more detailed guidance from the Church of England. We will not rush into resuming worship in our churches until we have consulted, planned and prayed, but we hope to be able to return to our churches in mid to late July. Weddings can  take place in our churches with up to 30 guests from 4 July.

Tuesday 9 June
With the easing of restrictions  the government is allowing churches to open for private prayer. We have decided to open St Peter’s and All Souls’ at the times below from Monday 15 June, but for practical reasons not St Mark’s. We are roping off many areas including pews and putting just a few chairs out to sit on to make it easier to keep clean and hygienic. Please make use of our churches if you would like to and have no Covid-19 symptoms. Please abide by the rules for everyone’s protection.
St Peter’s open from Monday 15 June
    Monday to Friday 9.00am-12.30pm
    Sunday 9.00am-6.00pm
All Souls’ open from Sunday 21 June
    Sunday 9.00am-6.00pm

Tuesday 12 May
Following the easing of lockdown the Bishop of Guildford has announced that churches in the diocese can be entered by one minister and their household only for private prayer and livestreaming services, but not for the public or for services. We have decided that we will record parts of our livestreamed services from the churches in the parish from next week. Jonathan will record from St Peter's, Sam from all Souls' and Rachel from St Mark's.

Tuesday 24 March
Following yesterday's announcement by the Prime Minister we have had to close St Peter's and All Souls' for visiting and prayer. However, for those able to, we can still meet together online to pray every day at 9am for Morning Prayer which we may soon extend to the evening.

Wednesday 18 March
Following yesterday's announcement that our public services and midweek groups have been cancelled, we have been working on how best we can continue to support you both practically and spiritually. To find out more about this, including livestreaming a Sunday morning service, pastoral support and a Shop and Drop service please click here.

Tuesday 17 March
Following the Prime Minister's announcement last night the Archbishops have announced today that public services will no longer be held in the immediate future. Unfortunately that means there will be no public services in the parish this Sunday 22 March, Mothering Sunday. However, we will be looking at other ways we can worship, pray and engage with God in some sense corporately, and will seek to keep our churches open as usual for private prayer so please watch this space!

We have also cancelled all midweek groups for the time being and will let you know when things resume.

As a parish we will be looking at how we can support people who are have a practical need such as buying groceries and how we can support each other spiritually. If you need any help or can offer help please contact us.

In the meantime this C of E website provides some lovely relevant prayers and liturgy for this time.

Saturday 14 March 2020
We are following Church of England advice regarding our services, ministry and events, but the situation is constantly changing. Currently we are planning to run all our services and events for the foreseeable future, but this may well change. This page will be updated as necessary.

Key points to note at present to minimise risk of infection:

  • please don’t attend services or events if unwell or advised by a medical professional to self-isolate
  • if you are self-isolating for any reason please let one of the ministry team or pastoral assistants know so we can support you practically and pray for you
  • alcohol-based hand-sanitiser will be available on entry to church and must be used 
  • the wine will not be administered at communion, but the bread will continue to be. All communicants are to stand
  • no handshaking or other physical contact will take place at the peace
  • collection bags will not be passed round during the service, but the plate will be available at the back of church before and after the service
  • we recommend if you want hymn books or bibles that you take one home, clean it and use it every week
  • drinks will be served after church as usual, but not biscuits with those serving thoroughly washing their hands
Government advice on recognising the signs of Coronavirus (Covid-19), and how to react, have also changed. You should stay at home for seven days and not attend church services or events if you have either:
  • A high temperature, and/or
  • A new and continuous cough
You do not need to call 111 unless you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition does not improve after seven days. Further advice can be found here.
Please continue to take the following precautions:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. This is particularly important after taking public transport.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
If you have any questions, queries, comments or concerns regarding church please do not hesitate to get in touch.