The number of people diagnosed with the Coronavirus is increasing every day. We all have an obligation, ‘for the common good,’ to do what we can to stop it spreading. Working together to slow down the spread of the virus is a step towards its eradication, and helps give time to those involved in medical research to seek a cure.
We are introducing some simple and sensible steps at church which will help us feel comfortable in worship, and also help us to take our part in doing what we can as a community of people gathering together to lower risk. The steps follow national guidelines.
From Sunday (8th March) communion at Mass at St Chrysostom’s will be administered in the form of the Body of Christ (the consecrated bread) only. We ask that if at all possible those receiving do so on their hands and not on the tongue. The Church has always taught that Holy Communion is received in its fullness even if just one kind is received.
The Holy Water stoups at the entry to church will be emptied, and a sign in place encouraging those who enter church to simply make the sign of the cross as they do so, remembering their baptism.
Hymn sheets for the specific Sunday will be printed and we will refrain from using hymn books in the congregation.
We encourage those coming to church to wash their hands thoroughly before coming. Hand sanitising gel will be available at the welcome table to those who wish to use it. Tissues will also be available in church.
At the sign of the peace we ask people not to shake hands but to turn and greet those around them with a smile and the words ‘peace be with you.’
Tea and coffee will be served as usual after worship. During Lent we will maintain our tradition of not serving biscuits or cake with after worship drinks.
In this way we aim to take a part in minimising risk and the spread of the virus in our community. We will review practice regularly in accordance with national guidelines.
This BBC web page gives a simple and clear information about the virus and staying safe.