Church during the coronavirus pandemic

Sunday Services

Our weekly 11am morning service in St Luke’s School will resume from Sunday 9th August. However, in line with government guidance and legislation there will many changes to our gatherings for the foreseeable future, and all worshippers will need to observe the following guidelines in order to keep things as safe as possible.

  • If you or anyone in your household has COVID symptoms (a new continuous cough, a high temperature, loss of or change in sense of taste or smell), or if you have been requested to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace, you should NOT attend
  • It will be mandatory to wear a face covering while in the building for the benefit of others – except children under 11 or those with a legitimate reason for not wearing one. Please bring your own face covering each time you attend.
  • Those aged 70+ are still advised to stay home as much as possible, although you are welcome to attend services if you choose to
  • Church bibles will not be available so please consider bringing your own.
  • In cooler weather you may also want to bring an extra layer to wear inside as we will have windows and doors open for ventilation.
  • Toilets will be available during the service if necessary but to reduce demand for them and speed up the process of getting everyone seated please consider using the toilet and washing hands thoroughly before you leave home.
  • Please plan to arrive at the school no earlier than 10.30am and no later than 11.00am.
  • Please queue outside the normal entrance door, keeping a distance of 2m at all times between people from other households.
  • At the door you will be asked for the name and phone number of 1 person from each household in case we need it for the NHS Test and Trace service.
  • On entry to the school building you will be asked to either wash your hands for 20 seconds using soap, or use the hand sanitiser that will be provided
  • You will then be shown to an allocated seat or group of seats. Once seated please maintain 2m physical distance with people from other households at all times. Please do not wander around the hall or speak in a loud voice to others around you.
  • We hope to resume Junior Church and Pathfinders in the Autumn but for now children must stay with and be supervised by their parents throughout the service.
  • Unfortunately congregational singing will not be permitted for the time being.
  • There will be no passing of the offering plates, but a suitable receptacle will be placed on a table near the exit door for you to place your contributions in on the way out. If you are able to make online donations for the time being that would be preferable – please ask us for details of how to do this.
  • After the service has ended, the congregation will be dismissed a household or row at a time.
  • There will be no refreshments served but feel free to catch up with one another outside the building, maintaining 2m physical distance.

IMPORTANT – Confirming your attendance!

Once we have established what will be possible from the school we will continue to make video or audio recordings of our services available, either live or shortly afterwards, for those who are not able to attend our physical gatherings on Sundays . Please check here or on our Facebook page for further details.

Pastoral counselling

As is normally the case Richard our Vicar will be available to offer pastoral counselling either over the phone or by a visit. Please contact him on 01902 340261 or 07855 062341, or by email at

Please also feel free to contact the Vicar if you wish to enquire about booking a baptism, wedding or funeral.

If you are facing hardship

If you have an urgent need as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, please feel free to get in touch. We can’t promise to be able to do everything, but we can pray, and will also try and do what we can as a church to help you as we follow the command of Jesus to love our neighbour as he has loved us.