The PCC have agreed to have Eucharist services on the first Sunday of each month. This will be reviewed re. additional services as we navigate our way beyond lockdown.
Please note that the church remains closed for private/individual prayer until further notice.
Eucharist Service on Easter Sunday 2021
St Peter and St Paul Church Eucharist Service was held on Christmas Day, Friday 25th December 2020 at 9.30 am.
With thanks to:
Revd Jeanne Males, officiant;
Julian Sampson, organist;
Carol Attenborough for the floral arrangements
Public Worship at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Worth from 1st November 2020
At St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Worth, we are committed to the safety of our congregation and all visitors. We will implement all aspects of the Government’s and the Church of England’s guidance. The church will be reopening for Eucharist Services from 1st November. Unless, current Covid-19 restrictions change, there will be services on the first Sunday of each month thereafter. The first service will be on Sunday 1st November 2020. There will also be a Eucharist Service on Christmas Day. All services will start at 9.30 am.
A full risk assessment has been carried out and there will be some necessary changes as follows:
The church will be closed to the public for 72 hours BEFORE and AFTER each service.
There will be new signage in the church and some areas will be clearly cordoned off.
Entrance for the services will be via the main West Door.
Exit will be via the North Door.
There will be a table in the nave with hand sanitiser, advisory posters and a register of attendees.
Orders of Service in their plastic covers will be available at this table.
All Orders of Service are to be left on the pews at the end of each service.
They will be removed, cleaned and quarantined for at least 72 hours.
Kneelers are not to be used and they will be kept in the cordoned off areas.
It is mandatory for all worshippers to wear a face mask unless exempt.
Social distancing must be observed at all times.
Members of the same household may sit together.
Singing is not permitted, but organ music will be played before and after the service and during the distribution of Communion.
The Order of Service will be unchanged.
Readings will be delivered from the area at the front of the chancel, between the pulpit and lectern.
The Peace will be offered from pews with a bow and joined hands rather than a handshake.
Communion will be prepared in the usual way at the altar, and wafers will be offered by the celebrant in the area at the front of the chancel. Wine will not be shared.
Worshippers will socially distance as they walk to receive Communion and follow a one-way system via the Lady Chapel and aisle on the south side of the church to return to their seats.
There will not be a formal collection of monies at any time during the service.
Donations can be made on a collection plate which will be made available as the congregation exit via the North Door at the end of the service.
Annie Simmons, PCC Secretary, St Peter and St Paul Church. 13.10.20
St Peter and St Paul’s Church will continue to be open for individual/private prayer on each weekday between 12 noon and 4 pm and between 10 am and 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The only time the church will be closed is 72 hours before and after each Eucharist Service.
Please do not enter the church if you have symptoms of coronavirus.
Please be aware that you enter the church entirely at your own risk.
Please use the hand sanitiser when you enter and exit the church.
Please adhere to the Government’s latest social distancing guidelines at all times.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches from 16 March 2020
In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice.
Churches should be open where possible but with no public worship services taking place. Prayers can be said by clergy and ministers on behalf of everyone and churches should consider ways of sharing this with the wider community.
There will still be funerals, but the rules on gatherings and social distancing need to be applied here as everywhere. Due regard must also be given to protecting elderly and vulnerable groups.
For couples getting married, weddings services can take place but subject to the rules and guidance on social distancing. Any wedding in a church would need to be on a very small scale.