We are following the latest regulations regarding cleaning, hygiene, social distancing and the Test and Trace system, all of which significantly impact what we are able to do at this time.
You can find our risk assessment here: http://tiny.cc/n1norz
Those hoping to attend St Leonard’s for worship will need to ensure they have done a number of things beforehand, including emailing some information to us, and follow a number of guidelines around their visit.
Times of services and other arrangements may need to change on a week by week basis, as we discover how things work. Keep an eye on our email newsletters, website and social media for updates. There are a number of changes we’ve had to make to the worship space, to the content and shape of our services, and to our methods for welcoming and seating worshippers.
WHEN IS WORSHIP HAPPENING?
On Sunday 5th July services with a strictly limited capacity of 40 people per service will take place at 9.45am and 11.15am. These services will be identical Parish Eucharists put together with a broad and mixed congregation in mind (including young people and families). We intend to broadcast the 9.45am service through Facebook as usual and post it later as a video.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO IN ORDER TO ATTEND?
- PLAN TO ARRIVE AT THE RIGHT TIME
- SEND US TEST & TRACE INFORMATION
- Whether you hope to attend at 9.45am or 11.15am
- Number of people in your party
- Full names or all who are in your party
- Contact address and telephone number for all those in your party
Sending your details can’t be an absolute guarantee that you will be accommodated at the service, though we do not anticipate capacity will be a problem. Once the capacity limit of 40 is reached, stewards will ask people to return at a different time or on a different day.
- FACE COVERINGS
WHO MAY ATTEND?
- Anyone who is not showing symptoms associated with COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell)
- Anyone who is not self-isolating due to a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the household, or because they have been requested to so by NHS Test & Trace
- Those who fall within the “clinically extremely vulnerable” group are strongly advised to enjoy worship through live-stream or broadcast at home and not attend church, though the final decision is theirs.
- Entry will be solely through the North West (Lexden Road) door, which will be opened around 10 minutes before the beginning of each service.
- There will be a queue along the path leading to the entrance, with 2 metre spaced markings on the floor to facilitate social-distancing.
- You will be registered by a steward according to your Test and Trace details.
- Please do not enter the church until you are invited in by a steward.
- You will then need to sanitise your hands thoroughly at the sanitising station by the door.
- A steward will then indicate where you should sit. A standard pew can accommodate three individuals, a couple from one household and an individual, or a household of 3 or more. Every other pew is cordoned off and should not be used.
- The service length has been shortened.
- No singing is permitted.
- The words of the service will be projected on to a screen as books are not available. (Single-use large print orders of service will be provided for those who require them.)
- The peace will not be shared physically.
- The collection will not be taken physically – we ask you to make your offerings online (or by telephone to the parish administrator), if you can.
- Special hygiene arrangements will be in place at the distribution of Holy Communion, which will be received in one kind (consecrated bread) into the hand only, at the bottom of the chancel steps.
- Worshippers will need to leave the building at the conclusion of the service without gathering for social time.
- There will be no refreshments for the time-being.
- Please leave the church through the south east extension door (facing Church Lane) only.
WHAT WE HAVE DONE TO MAKE YOUR VISIT FOR WORSHIP SAFE
Following government and Church of England guidance and regulations we have completed a risk assessment (which can be read here) and introduced the following measures:
There is a hand sanitiser station inside the entrance and exit doors of the church. Please ensure that you use this as you enter the building and leave.
For worship entry to the church will be via the North West door (facing Lexden Road). Please follow the floor markings within the church and eventually exit through the South East door of the church (facing Church Lane).
Visitors are asked to observe the markers. At all times please respect other people and maintain a 2m distance, except when sitting in a pew where a distance of 1.6m can be kept safely. We ask that the porch, church and entrance are kept completely clear of all obstructions including buggies and mobility scooters. This 1.6m social distance is permitted by the government regulations provided that ‘risk mitigation’ is in place. We have introduced the following risk mitigation methods:
- Face-to-face seating is avoided
- Non-essential social spaces have been closed
- Ventilation has been improved by keeping the North West, South East, and Emergency exit doors, and internal double doors open at all times
- We are encouraging the use of face coverings
In the nave, we have provided for seating on alternate pews with 1.6m between individuals. The majority of the pews can accommodate either:
- Three individuals
- A couple from one household and an individual
- OR one household (if consisting of more than 2 people)
The church is cleaned each week in accordance with the latest Government regulations. Shared surfaces (such as pew tops) will be cleaned between and after Sunday services.
We ask that you only use the church toilets if you have no other option but to do so.
The toilets will be cleaned after the Sunday services.