Covid – 19 Opening Churches
Opening the Church
You will have heard the announcement from the government that places of worship will be allowed to open for private prayer from 13th June.
St. Helen’s along with other churches in our United Benefice will not be opening for private prayer yet.
The reason is that it will take some time to make our building safe and very clean and then maintain a cleaning regime every time the church is open. There is also social distancing to take into account. We need a proper risk assessment and to have the necessary materials and personnel in place. This will be challenging for our small churches. Many who visit and indeed our church officers are in the age group classed as vulnerable. The safety of all who come through our doors is paramount.
Everyone has a parish prayer book for their use which lasts until August. I have spare copies if needed. This helps to give us time to get organised. We are receiving guidance nationally and locally on what we need to do.
In the meantime, keep praying, keep the faith that we all share and look after each other.
Rev’d Stephen Monk