St Mary’s during Covid-19
Services returning to St Mary's Church and the Parish of Putney
Following the Government’s announcement that places of worship could open for services from 4th July, we are now back in our beautiful churches for services, with socially distanced communion. We will maintain an online presence for the foreseeable future for those more comfortable to continue worshipping from home.
We are thrilled to share how we, as a Parish, have begun our return to physical church.
Our Parish service timetable is:
8.30am All Saints’ Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion
9.15am St Mary’s & Zoom
10.30am All Saints’ Parish Eucharist*
10.30am St Mary’s Parish Eucharist* (Live Streamed every Sunday on our YouTube channel)
6pm St Mary’s Caritas
Parish weekday Morning Prayer continues every Monday – Friday, 9.15 am, at All Saints’ Church.
Wednesdays at 12.30pm St Mary’s Lunchtime communion
In order to ensure that we adhere to Government’s regulations we will have a system to ensure, as far as we can, that our churches are safe places in which to congregate for services and, therefore, have more chance of staying open. To reassure you we have outlined our new system below. Obviously, we ask that if you are experiencing, or have recently experienced, any of the Covid-19 symptoms please continue to enjoy our remote services from home until after the quarantine period has elapsed in order that our services may continue safely for everyone in our community. Full, written instructions are below and you can also watch the following video to visualise what is being asked of those attending St Mary’s church. Click here for the St Mary’s video
At St Mary’s you will enter the church from the cafe and leave from the Tower door. We will have church wardens and sides people welcoming you outside the church and we ask that you queue in an orderly and socially distanced manner. Our welcoming team will also be in the church to guide you so do not worry if you can’t remember the following!
When inside the church you will see signs indicating in which direction you should walk if approaching the altar for communion (clockwise if sitting to the right of the altar, anticlockwise if on the left).
On entering the church you will have to sanitize your hands and again if you choose to take communion. If it your preference to wear a face mask and gloves by all means continue with your practice but there is not an expectation, under the government guidance, that this is mandatory. The church will be cleaned between services on a Sunday. On weekdays it will be cleaned at the end of every day it is open to the public.
Our service booklets and donation envelopes will be stored in separate boxes for you to collect at the entrance and then to deposit again when exiting. Please leave the Track and Trace forms on your seat so that our cleaning team know which seats have been in use to aid with a speedy clean after service.
It is mandatory for all those attending our services to complete a Track and Trace form (or one form for a household) and by entering the church you are agreeing to comply with this. In accordance with GDPR regulations these forms will be securely collated for 3 weeks and thereafter destroyed.
Seats will be placed at 1-2 m distances apart. Please do not move or rearrange our seats as they have been set out in a while as to maximise the number of congregants within the social distancing guidelines.
While we may have music we are unable to sing together so the services will be shorter without our customary hymns.
You will be able to receive communion though this will be in silence and the person dispensing it will simply nod. For those seeking a blessing you will be able to collect a blessing card from the basket on the altar before kneeling so that you know the prayers Rev’d John will be making for you when he stands before you.
Please note that children are very welcome to attend our church services, however, we cannot provide Sunday School provisions so families will have to stay together in the church.
While our toilet facilities will be open we ask that, where possible, you try to avoid congesting in these areas to reduce the risk of transmission.
During services only the ground level of the church, and the toilets, will be open. The church office, stairs, gallery and Brewer Building are closed to the public. The vestry will only be for the use of deacons and the clergy will robe in the church office.
Sadly, we cannot offer post service refreshments at the moment.
We appreciate there is a lot of detail above! We hope that rather than be daunted you are reassured that we are doing everything in our power to resume church services in such a way that they may continue safely for all until “business as usual”!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Rev’d John at [email protected]