Tier 4: Covid Guidelines for St Mary’s
As ever, some Covid guidelines seem contradictory……
SUNDAY SERVICES
On the one hand, churches are allowed to remain open for worship, so a minimum number of services will still take place: Sundays at 8.00am and 10.30am.
On the other hand, people are advised to stay at home! So who will be attending these allowable services?
The answer is probably those who feel that attending services are beneficial to their weekly routine, rhythm of life and mental/spiritual wellbeing.
This means that although Sunday services will continue, they are not likely to be well attended.
If you do have Covid symptoms you are asked to stay isolated.
If you do receive a Positive result, let us know what services you were at, as we will need to contact everyone who was at those services (another reason for not having hundreds at each service!)
If those who were at the service then self-isolate, it will mean that even fewer people will be attending services for at least the next week after.
The government recommend that those with Underlying heath conditions and those in the vulnerable category should seriously consider any form of contact around others in Tier 4
TEA ROOM
The Tea Room may remain open but only for take-away services. OPENS ON 2ND JANUARY
Our free lunches for children are still available before January 2nd. Please visit Portchester Methodist Church between 10am and 12pm for a voucher to take to the new Tesco Express in the precinct.
WEEKDAY SERVICES
We will not be holding Morning Prayer for the time being.
MID-WEEK MEETINGS
The only ones which can take place are support groups, so the Saturday morning Covid Support Group could continue.
FUNERALS
Funerals are allowed with a maximum of 30 people present.
WEDDINGS
Weddings are not allowed unless the life expectancy of one of the couple is not great, and in that case only a maximum of 6 people may turn up.