Coronavirus (covid-19): news for our churches

Added July 1st, 2020

Our churches are now beginning to re-open as the Covid-19 lockdown is easing. As usual we remain subject to Government and Church guidance regarding what we can do and how we can do it. We have an interim plan for our services through the summer - see here for the calendar for July.

For current guidance from the diocese of Bath & Wells, go here; for current guidance from the Church of England, go here.

Our main service will continue to be our popular Informal Worship via Zoom at 1030. (If you are not familiar with this style of service, go here for an example of one that was recorded on June 28.)

We will also have a weekly communion service at 9am for those who prefer a more formal and liturgical service. This will have some limitations compared to normal.

  • Each church will have plans for where to arrive and leave, and where to sit.
  • At present, communion will be bread only, and not wine - this is because drinking from a common cup is not currently permitted.
  • There will be no singing (because this increases the likelihood of droplet transmission)

We also plan to hold Outdoor Worship services about once per fortnight, subject to diocesan permission - further details to be provided later.

  • At present diocesan permission has yet to be given for this type of service, but in view of the recently updated Government guidance it seems reasonable to begin to plan for it.
  • These services will be subject to the weather. The venue at Catcott Burtle Farm has an open-sided barn which would be suitable in bad weather; outdoor worship at other potential venues may have to be called off in the event of bad weather being forecast.
  • We will ask people to "bring your own chair" - for obvious reasons of hygiene. 

Funerals and weddings may now take place, subject to current restrictions (see here). Key points within these restrictions:

  • There is a limit of 30 people for the service
  • Singing is not permitted.