What is Sunday like?
**We have decided to delay our return to worship in church in light of a number of factors such as the increase in COVID cases locally and the fact, due to a variety of circumstances, that many in the 'staff team' (clergy and others) need to take extra care. We intend to provide services in church over Christmas itself. See Services and Latest News for up to date information. **
What happens at church during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Doors open about 20 minutes before the service as there is a lot to get ready beforehand, so please bear with us.
Masks are required, except for those who are exempt or under 11 years old
For track and trace, please use the new NHS app on your phone to scan our QR code, or a steward will note down your details if you do not have the app.
Please sit on a chair with a green tick (or, if you are with a member of your household, you can sit next to the person/people you are with even if there is a cross on the chair/s). A steward will help you with this.
Carefully take an order of service as you arrive (or bring back the one you used at last week's 9.30am).
For Holy Communion services, we will provide guidance at the service about receiving Communion. It is your choice whether to receive it or not.
What happens at the service?
This depends on the service. All services include prayers, readings and a reflection. At the 9.30am service there is also music and sometimes singing. Unfortunately, only a small number of choir members will be able to sing the hymns, but we can all hum along to them.
What happens after the service?
After the service, you will be guided out of the church by the stewards so that we avoid contravening the social distancing rules. You can then chat to people at a distance outside the church.
What is available for children at church?
Children are very welcome as always, but you will need to bring your own activities and small toys for them to keep them settled as the colouring and children's areas have had to be removed and there are no children's groups.
On the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month we have a All Age / Outdoor Service which is for all to attend, but especially families. You need to bring chairs/picnic blankets; a pencil case and are welcome to bring flask/drinks/snacks (but no sharing please). If the weather is bad we will move inside the church so please bring your masks for 11 year olds upwards.
We also have Sunday Munch at 9.30am on the 2nd Sunday of the month. This is for children in Year 5 to Year 10. The session will take place outdoors, unless raining when it will need to move indoors. Your children will need to bring with them; a pencil case and note book, their own drink / snacks (please no sharing) and a face mask for those aged 11 and above, these will not be required to be worn during Sunday Munch, but will be required when arriving / departing and in the Church itself. We aim to help children explore what it means to live a Christian life and encourage discussion about topics that affect young people.
Will there be a collection so I can give money?
Only contactless payments are possible at the moment but St John’s has a machine that will take these.
Is car parking available?
Please park in the overflow car park. If there are no spaces there please use the right-hand drive and, if that’s full, use the left-hand drive. This is important because people may be queuing to get into church, and we need to segregate traffic from people. Anyone who has difficulty walking may, of course, park next to the church.
I’m disabled, will I be able to get into the church?
Yes, we have step-free access at the side of the church and there will be plenty of people on hand to help you. We also have an accessible toilet inside the church.
Are there toilets in the church?
Two toilets are in use including an accessible toilet.