Booking information for services in September
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.
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
06/09/2020 – St James’ Elstead Harvest. 10am
13/09/2020 – Family Service at St James Elstead, 10.30am
20/09/2020 – St Michael’s Thursley, Harvest, 9.30am
27/09/2020 – St Nicholas Peper Harow, Harvest 27/9/2020, 9.30
27/09/2020 – St James’, Elstead, 10.00
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: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/whos-at-higher-risk-from-coronavirus/
Booking opens on the Sunday before a service and is open for 7 days, closing on the Saturday before the Sunday morning service. For example, for the service on the 16/8/2020, booking will open on the 9/8/2020 and close on the 15/8/2020.
- 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 and via our Facebook page, 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.