COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Guidance

Last updated Wednesday 21st July 2021

Statement from our Church Wardens

The Government has removed most of the legal restrictions related to Covid as of Monday 19th July, including those related to gathering for worship.

 However, this is set against a backdrop of sharply increasing rates of infection at both national and local level. We want to ensure that St Giles continues in its aim to be ‘Covid Aware’ and ‘Covid Conscious’ by keeping practices during worship that reduce the risk of transmitting infections but will also allow us to exercise some new freedoms.

Whilst we cannot ensure total ‘security’ or enforce measures, we can be ‘aware of’ and model actions that aim to reduce the likelihood of infections. This response is in line with guidance from Bishop John, our own Clergy Team and our Covid Task force and will be kept under regularly review.

More details will be provided in due course but as from Sunday 25th July:

  • Please continue to book via ChurchSuite to ensure that social distancing can be maintained during the service

  • Use the hand sanitiser as you enter the church building

  • Continue to wear your mask on entry and whilst in the church building

  • Sing! …..but we ask that you keep your mask on as you do so

  • Communion will continue to be ‘in one kind’ (wafer only)

  • Doors will be kept open to ensure a flow of air from the outside

  • Leave the building promptly and socialise outside (or at the picnic in Becket’s Park)

  • Please refrain from shaking hands or hugging

Our aim is that our practices demonstrate our love and care for each other and our town by ensuring that they are effective in reducing the risk of harm with the minimal impact upon the reason that we are gathering; to worship our Lord and to build each other up in our faith.

You may find the following information helpful:

Is the building COVID secure?

We have taken all the measures necessary according to government guidelines to ensure that our building is safe for public worship services.

If I want to attend a Sunday Service, how do I book a seat?

For the time being, in order to keep everyone safe, we need to restrict the number of people in the building at an one time.  It is therefore necessary, if you wish to attend any of our in-person services, to book your seat.  You can find information on how to do this here together with further details on our in-person and on-line services.

Will I be asked to register my details on entering the building?

We are asking everyone to pre-book their seat before attending a service in church and your details will be taken at this point.  If you arrive and have not booked, depending on availability, you may still be able to attend and we will ask you to register your details so we can assist with the NHS Test and Trace.  This is typically your name and contact details.  For further information click here .

How can I play my part?

In order to keep ourselves and everyone safe, we ask that you wear a face covering whilst in the church building and sanitise your hands on entry.

Will we be able to sing?

Congregational singing is permitted and will be very much part of our service.  However, for the time being, we ask that you keep your mask on as you do so.

Can children attend?

Yes, we welcome children of all ages.  However, we do ask that they remain with their parents for the duration of the service.  We hope to start running our children’s groups again in September.

What about facilities like refreshments and toilets?

We are unable to offer refreshments at the moment.

Our toilet facilities are open and we ask that you observe the guidelines that are in place.

What is the government advising?

The government’s Covid-19 Response (Spring 2021) can be found here

For more information about what’s going on at St Giles please visit our What’s On page.

Please visit our weddings, funerals and baptism pages, for the latest information.

If you need some practical support, please contact the church office on 01604 628623 or email the office  and we will be in touch with you as soon as we can.

If you have a prayer request please also contact the office who will share this with the Pastoral Prayer Team

We are here to help and support you during this difficult time.

Please note, we will add any further updates to this page when needed.

First published on: 13th March 2020