COVID-19

CHURCH SERVICES 

CORONAVIRUS-COVID 19 

All Saints’ and St. John’s Back to Church Guidelines

Do not attend church if you are feeling unwell, particularly if you are exhibiting any of the common symptoms of Covid-19: fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss or change to your sense of taste or smell.

You may also wish to stay at home if you are in a vulnerable group. Weekly service sheet will still be circulated via email and Facebook. Contact the Rector if you would like a home visit (adhering to health and safety guidelines).

Directions for attending Sunday Worship

  • On arrival please enter church by the usual entrance door – if arriving at the same time as others, please keep 2 metres between you and them.
  • Sanitize your hands on arrival, you may wish to bring your own sanitizer.
  • Please follow any instructions from the church wardens or the designated stewards.
  • Pews will be filled from the front.
  • Only seats which do not have a social distance sign can be used. With the current requirement of 2 metres, our seating capacity has been reduced significantly. Please understand that this may mean your ‘usual’ pew will not be available to you. It is also possible that demand may exceed capacity – your patience and understanding is appreciated.
  • Only people who live in the same household can sit in the same pew.
  • No prayer books or hymnals will be used (or brought from home). Singing, sadly is not presently allowed but some music will be included.
  • The collection plate will not be passed around – there will be a collection basket at the back to the church for envelopes and collection money.
  • Standing orders or bank drafts are the most ideal at this time.  If you would like to set up a standing order, please contact the parish office for a standing order form.
  • Contact detail forms must be completed on every occasion you attend church, this information will be used should contact tracing becomes necessary. Complying with GDPR requirements, these forms will be held in the parish office for three weeks before being destroyed.
  • Please leave no trace behind, make sure to collect all your items before leaving the pew.
  • At the end of the service, please exit by the back door, the church should empty from the back first. Sanitise your hands as you leave.
  • Please do not congregate in the carpark and adhere to strict social distancing requirements outside the church.
  • Shaking hands and all other physical contact should be avoided
  • Unfortunately, no refreshments can be provided for the foreseeable future.
  • We are currently awaiting guidance on the administration of Holy Communion.
  • The use of Face Mask is discretionary in line with current public health advice which states that face coverings should be used indoors in situations where it is difficult to practise social distancing. The wearing of cloth face coverings may prevent people who do not know they have the virus from spreading it to others.
  • We recommend that parents only bring children to church if they are capable of social distancing and able to sit in the pew for the entire service, this is a difficult request and may cause some frustration. Jam Club will not be back at this moment.
  • Toilets facilities will be made available on request to a church warden or a designated steward.
  • Isolation Room –In the unlikely event of anyone feeling unwell during the service and isolation room will be provided, if you are feeling unwell please notify a steward.

A service of prayers and readings for use at home on Sundays, by individuals and families, will be distributed on-line each week through the parish network. We will continue to update our websites and face-book pages. 

A volunteer network is also being established to support those who are self-isolating and those who feel particularly vulnerable. 

In cases of pastoral emergency please contact the Parish Office Tel: 851 2459. If unattended please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible. 

We encourage everyone to observe official directions on social distancing and self-isolation in order to slow down the spread of the virus and to protect one another, especially the most vulnerable in our community. 

We also encourage everyone to commit themselves to prayer at this challenging time. 

For other parish information: 

Parish Office Tel: 01 851 2459 

A PRAYER 

 IN THE TIME OF THE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 

Almighty and All-loving God 

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 

I pray to you through Christ the Healer 

for those who suffer from the Coronavirus COVID-19 

in Ireland and across the world. 

I pray for all who reach out to those who mourn the loss 

oeach and every person who has died as a result of the disease. 

Give wisdom to policymakers, 

skill to researchers, 

strength and safety to medical and emergency staff 

and comfort to everyone in distress. 

This I ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord 

who showed compassion to the outcast, 

acceptance to the rejected 

and love to those to whom no love was shown. 

Amen.