Thankfully, in this second lockdown, churches may open for private, individual, silent prayer, and going to a church for private prayer is one of the valid reasons for leaving the house.
The usual restrictions we are now used to apply, of course, with people required to wear a face covering and sanitise their hands on entering, and sit where directed by the stewards. Nobody who has any Covid symptoms may visit. There are no toilet facilities.
These are the planned opening times for the current lockdown. Each opening session lasts an hour.
- Mondays: 9.45am at St Mary Crowned
- Wednesdays: 9.45am at All Saints
- Thursdays: 9.45am at St Mary Crowned (but not on Thursday 12th November)
- Fridays: 9.45am at All Saints
- Saturdays: 9.45am at All Saints
- Sundays: 10am at St Mary Crowned
A church can only open, and only remain open, when at least two stewards are present. There may be times, for example if a steward is unwell or has a family emergency, or if there is a funeral, when a church will not open at the expected time or will have to close early.