COVID UPDATE – 2nd JANUARY 2022
Covid infections are currently running at well over 100,000 a day, so Covid risks are very present.  However the size of our normal congregations allows us to spread out well in church.  Churchwardens will ensure there is some social distancing when they seat people.  We can all do our bit to reduce the risks by taking lateral flow tests before attending events.  Please remember that face masks are once again a legal requirement in church (apart from exempt groups) unless leading from the front of church.

CHURCH OPEN:  The church building is unlocked from 9am to 5pm each day for visitors and for prayer.   Sanitiser and face marks are made available at the church door.

MAIN SUNDAY SERVICE:  This is the 11am service, which is often live streamed.  Seating will still be spaced out as much as possible.  In the side asisles seating will be especially well spaced, which may suit some worshippers.  Recommended seats will be indicated by hymn book and Order of Service.  Sanitiser will be available at the church door, and used before receiving Holy Communion.  Holy Communion will be in one kind only.  Doors will be left ajar where possible, to maximise ventilation

OTHER SERVICES: Similar arrangements will apply for the Said Eucharist services on Sundays at 8.30am, and Wednesdays at 10am, except that Holy Communion may be offered in both kinds.

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

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