Update 31st July 2020
From 9th August onwards, all those attending worship in St.Giles will be required to wear a face covering of some kind. The wearing of a face covering will no longer be optional. However, if anyone comes to church without a suitable face covering, we will endeavour to provide one at the door.
For your safety during worship in St Giles Church
We look forward to welcoming many of you to join in public worship in St.Giles Church after months of lockdown. Please take note of the advice below, and that on face coverings above:
On entry to the building:
Please make use of the hand gel available.
Please allow us to make a note of your attendance in case this is needed for subsequent "tracking and tracing". The information on attendance will only be kept for 3 weeks.
Please follow the one-way system up the side aisle and down the centre aisle to find a seat.
Please only occupy seating (as a household) marked by a Bible on the pew seat. These will have been placed strategically to allow for social distancing.
There will be music, but no singing.
There will be no sharing of The Peace and no presentation of an offering.
Readers, intercessors and preachers will all be expected to use the hand gel as they approach the lectern - as will the priest before distributing Holy Communion.
Only the bread will be distributed to the congregation, and it will be given out whilst standing at the step under the chancel arch. A one-way system will be used, under guidance from the sidesperson or warden, to enable people to receive Communion and return to their seats without crossing paths with anyone else.
No words will be spoken as Communion is given, and the bread will be "dropped" rather than placed in people's hands. The words normally spoken at the distribution will be shared with the whole congregation before distribution begins.
Please place the Bible from the seat you have occupied on the pew shelf in front of you. This will help us identify areas we need to clean later.
Please exit safely by either the West or South doors, remembering to gel your hands as you leave.
Please move away from the church doors before stopping to chat. If you do gather in small groups outside, please observe the normal 2m social distancing guideline.
We are sorry that we are unable to serve refreshments, but you are welcome to bring your own flask!
Update 3rd July 2020
In addition to the Sunday Services, Evening Prayer will be offered in Church every Wednesday at 5 pm from 15th July onwards
The Church building is closed except at times of public worship
Resources for Private Worship are available and updated weekly, other reflections and resources are available on the St Mary's Welwyn website: https://www.welwyn.org.uk/covid-19-updates
Due to restrictions on public movement, the April, May and June editions of the Parish Magazine have not be printed or circulated, you can find the abridged online version here - Parish Magazine
More general information can be found at https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches
For the latest government response please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
For the latest health advice from the NHS please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/