COVID-19 (Corona Virus) and Parish Services / Activities

FROM THE RECTOR

Our Parish implemented changes to the administration of the Holy Communion in late February 2019. Since then protocols have been issued by the Bishop’s office.

Holy Communion, until further notice, will be administered under one species (bread). The presiding priest alone will partake of the wine. Worshippers are reassured that this ancient practice of the Church conveys the full benefits of Holy Communion to those who receive it by faith.

Handshaking – especially at the Sign of Peace and at the church doors – is suspended and worshippers are asked to maintain good hygiene practice by washing hands and using sanitiser.

Caring for One Another

If you feel unwell, please do not attend services or other parish activities. We have many elderly people in our congregations as well as people with compromised auto-immune systems. Loving our neighbours as ourselves in this instance will mean avoiding our neighbour until we are well again.

In order to promote each other’s well-being, activities in the parish involving high-risk groups ( eg. seniors) and indoor propinquity will be suspended for the time being. This includes:

  • the Handicrafts Group
  • the Discovery Group
  • study groups, EfM and Lent groups
  • nursing home visiting

Some other low-risk activities will continue for the time being (eg. Junior Choir) however members of these groups who are in high-risk categories are encouraged to self-select out of participation.

Sunday Morning Refreshments will not include food for the time being. All handling of cups and preparation of tea / coffee should be done in compliance with food handling guidelines.

The Parish AGM scheduled for Sunday 29 March is postponed. A new date will be advertised once the current situation becomes clearer.

These actions are being taken in order to ensure that all parishioners feel at ease and that no one feels pressured or obliged to carry on, and to minimise the risk of infection.