COVID - 19 UPDATE JULY 2020
The situation regarding the opening of churches for
private prayer and worship is constantly changing. The latest, detailed, government info on this
can be found at the following
The following is based on
guidance received from HM Government and the Church of England (nationally and
locally). I must stress that this is based on current information, in a
constantly changing environment, so changes may be necessary, possibly at short
The cleaning that will be done
and the instructions set out below and opposite will reduce the risk of
infection but I must stress that we cannot make our churches completely risk
free. By entering the church you are accepting that risk.
From 4th July, the
parish churches in Pilling, Preesall, Stalmine, and Hambleton will be open
daily from 10.00-14.00 for private, prayer.
This will be subject to certain restrictions as follows:
- People aged 70 or over,
individuals who are extremely, clinically, vulnerable/shielding, and those who
are isolating are strongly advised
not to visit churches for this
- You must, always, respect the
quiet of the place and the needs of other people who may be there.
- No prayer books, Bibles, or
other aids will be available in church.
- No music or equipment for
playing music can be brought to church.
- Doors will be open so there is no need to touch doors/handles.
- Only four people will be
allowed in at any time.
- Rules on social distancing must
- There will be designated areas
where you may sit. These will vary from church to church but there will
be instructions on the church door. You must not sit in or go into other
areas of the church.
- As you enter and leave you should use the hand gel provided. You should
then go home and wash your hands thoroughly.
The designated chairs/pews will be cleaned with appropriate materials at the
end of each day.
At the time of writing, these are
not permissible, except for emergency Baptisms.
This will resume on 19th
July (see Calendar tab for details) but will not be every week in every church at first. It will different from what we have been
accustomed to. Restrictions, similar to
those for Weddings and Funerals, will be in place.
WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS
From 4th July, weddings
and funerals can be held in all parish churches (Including Out Rawcliffe, but
not Eagland Hill) but there will be restrictions similar to those for Private
- People aged 70 or over, individuals
who are extremely, clinically, vulnerable/shielding, and those who are
isolating should not attend. Special exceptions may be made for very
close relatives These will need to be discussed on an individual basis and will
need to be carefully handled.
- Only thirty people, including
the family, will be allowed to attend. These will be people invited by
- There will be no singing.
- Any music will be played from digital media. Organists/other musicians cannot be invited to play.
- There will be a verger or
churchwarden in attendance, to manage socially distanced seating at the
- No orders of service will be
provided by the church.
- Orders of service must be taken
away at the end of the service.
- A single bell (as opposed to a full peal of bells) may be rung.
FOODBANKS IN THE PARISH CHURCHES
Having assessed usage over the
last three months, the foodbank in Pilling has closed.
Stalmine’s will continue. Preesall’s will continue until the end of July.
Discussions are ongoing with other churches about what will happen in Preesall
after that. Hambleton’s will close at the end of July. I am
grateful to everyone who has supported the foodbanks and hope that will
If you want to know more about
any of these issues, please ring Fr. Andy on 01253 799895.
Thank you, and may God bless you and keep you, your families and those you love, safe and well.