Coronavirus

In person services at St Anne’s and Earnley

We hope as many of you as feel safe will join us on Sundays and throughout the week – but fully understand if you cannot. The churches will also be open every day for private prayers and worship.

Gradual changes to our system in church

The church has now been split into two parts. The front pews are for those who wish to ‘mingle’ with others and the back pews are for those who wish to sit with some space around them.

Rule of thumb is… if there is a hassock on the seat, you can sit there.
Please replace all hassocks and hymn books at the end of the service.

We continue as follows:

  • Please sanitise your hands on entering and leaving the church
  • Continue to wear your masks (except for hymn singing which is optional)
  • We will still be taking a list of people attending the services for Track & Trace
  • Remain seated for most of the service
  • For hymn singing – we will now stand
  • Masks are optional for singing only
  • Communion will only be in one kind, only the priest will receive wine from the chalice on behalf of the congregation

We will continue with the online services and the Pews News will be distributed for those online or who continue to shield themselves at home.

We will follow our normal pattern of services in the weeks and months ahead, accepting that safety restrictions will remain in place for the foreseeable future and updated with developing advise.

NHS COVID-19 app

Both St. Anne’s and Earnley will be displaying the QR Codes that links to the NHS Covid-19 track and trace app. If you have a compatible smart phone, please download the app and then each time you attend church services (or other places that display the code) scan the code. This will then enable you to be informed of any outbreaks in the areas you have visited giving you advice, plus much more information.

Private prayer

Our churches are open for private prayer.

St. Anne’s is open from 11.00am – 5.00pm, Monday to Saturday and 11.30am – 5.00pm on Sundays. Part of the church has been roped off for the use of private prayer and to enable that area to be cleaned regularly. Please do not go outside of this area.

Please ensure you use the hand sanitiser, provided in the porch, on your way in and also use the sanitiser provided near the door, at the back of the church, on your way out. This is very important, not only to safeguard yourself, but to protect others using the church.

Please do not move kneelers! They are placed to denote where to sit for your prayer time keeping these allocated seats separate. Please, also, do not touch hymn books and service books.

We want everyone using the church to stay safe and stay well.

Earnley church is open 24/7, please ensure you read the notices that will guide you in the use of the church for private prayer.