Christ Church – COVID-19 Opening Arrangements (Updated)

10:30am Sunday Zoom services will be continuing to allow all to join, regardless of health worries. However, a schedule of Sunday Services in the benefice churches is being developed.

Sunday Services in the Church Buildings will be announced here or via email.

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Summer Services

This pattern of times and locations will be followed during April and possibly through to June with Holy Communion alternating between the parishes.

“Freedom” Day on 19 July has changed the rules but we await final guidance and arrangements for our churches in light of the rising number of cases of the Delta Variant.

August services: special arrangements for the summer continue as follows:
9.15 a.m. Christ Church, Stone.
11:00 am Oulton on 1st, 15th, 29th August.
11:00 am Moddershall on 8th and 22nd August

Read about the steps we have put in place for when we will be holding services again, below, and here.

This, however, this has to be a spoken service with many and various restrictions in addition to the 2m distancing and the advice for vulnerable groups).

Services for United Benefice of Christ Church, Stone and Oulton with Moddershall

On 19 July, the UK Government confirmed the move to “Step 4” of their Covid-19 recovery roadmap. The Government advises caution and places the onus for health and safety on the “venue managers” for public events. The basic advice being:

  • good ventilation
  • diligence in hygiene
  • wearing a face covering in enclosed and crowded spaces, and;
  • limiting contact with those we do not live with.

At present, we have stopped Zoom Services, and the recorded YouTube Service. We will continue to monitor the situation.

Service leaders have thus far been the only ones permitted to not wear masks so long as they remained 2m+ from congregants. This changes in the light of reduced regulations.

The table below covers our Benefice and allows for the time for those yet to be vaccinated to be confident in the presences of others and therefore relies on our good will to keep the vulnerable in mind. The start of the school term is a change point in view of expected progress in the vaccination programmed amongst younger adults.

From Sunday
25th July
From Sunday
5th September *
MasksWearing of masks is encouragedTo be reviewed
Hand sanitiserAvailable on entryAvailable on entry
Track/TraceContact details of non-Electoral Roll (ER) members to be takenContact details of non-ER members to be taken
SeatingContinue with every other pew to provide space.
Space between households to be self-regulated.
Every other pew to provide space.
Space between households self-regulated
Service ordersSheet (to be taken away by participant)
Books if used to be quarantined
Books if used to be quarantined
SingingCongregational songs permitted!
Words on sheets/screen.
Song books to be placed with pew Bible.
Congregational songs permitted!
Words on sheets/screen.
Song books to be placed with pew Bible.
Exchange of PeaceSpokenSpoken
Holy CommunionBrought to the pew (one kind only)One kind only received from stations
CollectionStanding Order or BACS Transfers, or other electronic transfer.
Envelope scheme continues.
Cash to be in envelopes.
Placed on Collection plate on entry
BACS/SO or other electronic transfer.
Envelope scheme continues.
Cash to be in envelopes.
Placed on Collection plate on entry
Gathering post-serviceWe encourage outdoor mingling, rather than indoors – No refreshments yet.We encourage outdoor mingling, rather than indoors – No refreshments yet.
ToiletsContinue with disinfectant wipe procedureContinue with disinfectant wipe procedure
CleaningRegular between services.
When COVID positive case:  building closed 48h.
Regular between services.
When COVID positive case:  building closed 48h.

*Review in light of CofE guidance

The Vicar and wardens of Christ Church, Stone.