Arrangements have been updated to reflect step 4 of the Government map from 19th July 2021.

CHURCH OPEN:  The church building is unlocked from 9am to 5pm each day for visitors and for prayer.  Only very limited shared resourses (bibles, prayer books, prayer cards) are available in church so visitors may wish to bring their own.  We ask visitors to:

  • to wear a facemask in church if there are several people present
  • to sanitise hands on arrival and departure from church
  • to touch as few surfaces as possible while in church

MAIN SUNDAY SERVICE:  This is 11am service, which is usually live streamed.  We prepare a seating plan for this service, to ensure that the different households are spaced throughout the church building in as safe a way as possible.  For the seating plan it is helpful if people tell us in advance if they are attanding by contacting Mike Parkes (mikieparkes@gmail.com, Tel: 01564 783189).   Booking is not mandatory and unexpected arrival can usually be seated in a safe way.

  • We ask the congregation to wear marks, including for congregational singing (not legally required)
  • We have the full choir, rather than just six people, but socially distanced, not robed or processing
  • We recognise that people may attend services without booking in, but it helps if they do book
  • Seats will be indicated by hymn book and Order of Service (no purple cards)
  • Please sanitise hands on entry and exit to church.
  • Please wait for a warden or sidesman to show you to your seat.
  • Holy Communion will be in one kind only
  • Doors to remain open, where possible, to maximise ventilation

OTHER SERVICES: On some Sundays at 8.30am, at 10am on some Wednesdays, and on other festival days there are Said Eucharist services in the Lady Chapel.  There is no need to book in adavance for these services.

  • Please wear a face mark for these services
  • Please sanitise hands on entry and exit to church.
  • Please wait for a warden or sidesman to show you to your seat.
  • Holy Communion will be in one kind only
  • Doors to remain open, where possible, to maximise ventilation

BAPTISMS/WEDDINGS/FUNERALS:  The capacity of the church is not restricted for these events, but we do need to take measures (like the above) to ensure that people feel safe in church.  If the church is very full (150 people) then it is important that the people attending understand the risks involved.

ONLINE PRAYER: The Church of England has made some simple prayers for the moment available here.  There is also the opportunity to prayerfully light a virtual candle.

GUIDANCE:   St Mary’s Lapworth follows the relevant COVID-19 guidance published by the Government, the Church of England, and the Diocese of Birmingham.