Opening churches and Booking Information

To remain Covid-secure, we can only accommodate limited numbers of people in church buildings during a service, so we ask you to book your places ahead to avoid disappointment. We provide important information below about booking and what you can expect from the services.

Due to the lockdown our churches will be closed until 2nd December.

Elstead church will be open for Private Prayer on Sunday’s and Thursday’s 2.30-4.30pm

Thursley church will be open for Private Prayer on Tuesday’s and Saturday’s 10-12pm

Shackleford church will be open for Private Prayer on Monday’s and Friday’s 9.30-3pm


We have spaces for:

          • 24 people at  St James’, Elstead
          • 30 people at St Mary’s, Shackleford
          • 24 people at St Michael and All Angels
          • 30 people at St Nicholas’, Peper Harow

You can book via the links below but please read all the information on this page before booking your place.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our church buildings.

Rev Hannah and Rev Delia


6th December 2020 

8am – BCP Communion Service, St Mary’s Shackleford

10am – Sunday Communion Service, St James, Elstead and Online on Zoom

6pm – Advent Service, St Nicholas, Peper Harow


13th December 2020

8am – BCP Communion Service, St James, Elstead

10.30am –  Family Service at St James, Elstead,– Gift Service

4pm—Darkness to Light—Thursley Carol Service

20th December 2020

9.30am – Sunday Communion Service, St Michael’s and All Angels, Thursley

5pm – Carol Service, St Nicholas, Peper Harow

24th December 2020

3pm – Crib Service, St James, Elstead and Online on Zoom

6pm  – Carol Service, St James, Elstead and Online on Zoom

9.30pm – Midnight at Bethlehem, St Nicholas, Peper Harow

11.30pm –  Midnight Communion Service, St James, Elstead and Online on Zoom

25th December 2020

9.30am – Christmas Day Service, St Michael’s and All Angels,


10am – Christmas Day Service, St Mary’s Shackleford

10.30am – Christmas Day Service, St James, Elstead and Online on Zoom


Zoom Details:

Meeting ID: 789 4342 0469

Password: ETSPH




Returning to Worship in the Church Buildings

Before you arrive

Please read all the information below before booking your place in church using the links above.

We ask you to consider your own risk of attending an indoor gathering. While we will be taking a number of steps to keep you safe, we cannot make this risk-free.  You might want to look at the NHS guidance on whether you are at higher risk of coronavirus and be guided by their advice:

    • When you book, we will take some contact details. These will be kept for 21 days after the service and given to Track and Trace if someone from the service later tests positive for coronavirus.  They won’t be used for any other reason and if they are not needed for this purpose, they will be securely disposed of after 21 days.
    • You may want to bring your own hand sanitiser
    • The Government and the Church of England are now strongly advising anyone attending a church service to wear a mask/face covering. Please remember that face coverings protect others from your germs – they are not very good at protecting you from other people’s germs. They are not a replacement for good social distancing, hand hygiene, and self-isolating if you have symptoms

We ask you NOT to attend a service if you have:

o A new cough

o A temperature

o Lost your sense of smell or taste

When you arrive

    • The doors will open 15 minutes before the service. Before that you will need to wait on the church path. Please stay a safe distance from others in the queue.
    • The sidespeople/wardens will let people into the building. You will be asked to wash your hands on arrival, then go immediately to a seat in church. You will be asked to fill the church up from the front to the back. We are not able to reserve any pews at this time.
    • The seats in church will be arranged in ones and twos at 2m intervals from each other. We ask you to go straight to a seat and remain there for the duration of the service.
    • Gentle music will be playing to help you pray as you wait for the service to begin.
    • The doors will be open to allow some ventilation so you may notice it is a little cooler than usual.

During the Service

    • You will be given a service booklet with the words you need for the service. This will then be your personal copy; please take it home with you after the service.
    • If you are helping with the intercessions or the readings during the service, please bring a copy with you and take it home after the service.
    • The 10.00am services from St James’ will be livestreamed on Zoom but those watching at home will see a view of the pews and the chancel. To ensure we include those worshiping at home, some elements of service (e.g. a reading, the prayers or a sermon) may be given by someone at home; you will be able to watch this on the screen.
    • The 9.30am services from Thursley, Shackleford and Peper Harow will not be livestreamed. When we have services in these churches we will also have a separate Zoom service.
    • Due to risk of aerosol spread, there will be no singing during the service.
    • We ask that when you are saying the responses that you speak quietly and prayerfully – again to reduce risk of droplet spread.
    • When we share the peace, we cannot move from our places – we will simply wave or make a sign of peace to those in other households.
    • During distribution of communion, only bread will be distributed. The priest will wear a mask and wash their hands before distribution. The bread will be brought to you at your seat. You might want to use your hand sanitizer (if you have brought some) before receiving communion.
    • If you do not want to receive communion for any reason, that is absolutely fine – just hold your order of service in front of you and the priest will pray a blessing instead.

At the end of the service

    • After the priest has processed out, the sidespeople/wardens will ask people to leave a row at a time. Please wait for the sidespeople/wardens to ask you to leave.
    • Please take any orders of service home with you.
    • Please do not stop to chat while leaving the building.
    • Once out of the building you are welcome to talk in small groups of not more than 6 in the churchyard. Please do not block other people’s exit from the building.
    • Please remember to stay 2m apart from people from other households.
    • If you test positive for coronavirus up to three weeks after the service, please let us know.

Risk Assessments for Opening Churches

St James’

Parish Risk Assessment Template v.4.1 (4)Weddings

Parish Risk Assessment Template v.4.1 (4)Worship

Parish Risk Assessment Template v.4.1 (5) funerals

St Mary’s

Parish Risk Assessment Shackleford

St Michael’s and All Angels

Risk Assessment – Opening Churches to the Public – Parish Risk Assessment Form Thursley

St Nicholas’

Parish Risk Assessment Peper Harow