Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Guidance (15)
Last updated 24 December 2021
With the government publishing its winter plan B, the Church of England has issued revised guidance for churches to consider. The PCC has reviewed these, and some changes will be be applied to St Mark's church services and activities as summarised below. Any further changes that may be issued by the government and the Church of England will be evaluated by the PCC in due course.
FACE Coverings - It is now a legal requirement to wear a face mask in places of worship unless you are exempt. A mask can be provided if required on arrival at the building.
HAND SANITISING - Hand sanitizer will also be given on arrival.
SEATING - in church has been rearranged to allow for additional spacing to reflect and respect all members' need for social distancing.
THE CRECHE - The creche room will remain available for parents and minders to take young children into should they wish. The service will be broadcast in the room. Please bring your own toys etc, as we will not be providing anything that will be shared by other children.
Message from the Bishop of London
The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, who leads the Church of England’s Covid Recovery Group, said: "As we look forward to celebrating again the coming of Jesus into our world, we can do so with hope.
"Few of us imagined when we first heard of the coronavirus at the beginning of last year that we would now be approaching our second Christmas of a global pandemic.
"The recent emergence of the new Omicron variant and the evidence we’ve seen already of its rapid spread is a cause of real concern.
"And while we are hugely thankful for the rapid development and mass rollout of the vaccines - and the current booster programme - there are important steps we should take now to protect ourselves and each other.
"As Christians we have a duty to care for one another, especially those who are most vulnerable, and the latest measures announced by the Government should offer some extra protection and reassurance for people.
"Caring for one another, sharing, hope, faith and most of all the knowledge that God is with us are at the heart of Christmas.
"This Christmas we will be coming together – whether in person or online – to worship God and celebrate his coming into the world as a human being like us.
"Amid all that we have been through together in the last two years that hope is as strong as ever."
For details of latest C of E guidance, please click below.
Covid 19 Guidance