Bulletin no.19 - Friday 24 July
4 months, 1 week ago
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
- Advice on Face Coverings
As many of you will have seen there is new guidance from the Church of England on face coverings in church. The Guidance issued by the Church of England on 23 July 2020 states:
We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.
The Coronavirus Task Group has received a number of questions following this advice and comments:
We encourage parishes to adopt the advice that all members of the congregation should wear a face covering unless, for some reason, they are unable to do so and that volunteers on duty do so as well.
It is for the incumbent to decide whether, given the different nature, scale and style of our buildings, it is necessary for ministers to wear face coverings when presiding, officiating or preaching. Ministers should wear face coverings when greeting people arriving or leaving the church. They should also continue to leave the vessels containing the bread/hosts covered, throughout the Eucharistic Prayer and up to the point of Communion. Ministers are encouraged to administer the Sacrament silently.
- A letter from the Archdeacons concerning the use of churches, church halls and meetings
We have also attached a letter from our Archdeacons with some advice on the above.
With our continued thanks for all that you do and our very best wishes,
The Coronavirus Task Group
(Bishop Christopher, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, the Venerable Alastair Cutting, Ruth Martin and the Revd Canon Wendy Robins)