The present advice is that church services and the Tea Room can continue, although many will want to stay away. However, this may change very suddenly. The Bishop will send an e-mail if and when this is to happen, and we will update as we find out.

Certain events organisers have decided to cancel or postpone ….
Passover Meal on Saturday 28th March
Concert with Royal Marines Band on Friday 17th April
St Mary’s Lambs (Wednesday mornings)
Connect Youth Group (Friday evenings)
Tea and Company (1st Sunday of each month)

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St. Mary’s will be following guidance from The Church of England which draws on advice about best practice from the NHS and Public Health England this includes:

1. No physical touch at welcome or departure.

2. No physical touch at the Peace

3. No passing round collection baskets – we will have baskets on plinths at front and at the back of the church, and people can place their offerings there as they enter or depart or as they come for communion, or leave after communion.

4. Communion is to be taken in ‘one kind’ – bread only

5. Communion to be taken standing, not kneeling at altar rail.

6. No teas and coffees at the end of the services.

Please stay at home for 14 days (7 days if you live alone) if you or anyone in your home have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

At this time, there is no guidance to cancel services.

Please click here for the most up-to-date information from the Church of England

Please click here for the most up-to-date information from the NHS