St Joseph’s Church will be open for individual, private prayer this week. This means an individual or a family (household group) coming into the church to pray on their own, socially distanced from anyone else present.
For the moment, all our churches remain closed for Mass, communal prayer or any form of public worship.
The church will be open at the following designated times:
- Tuesday, 30 June from 2pm to 4pm
- Wednesday, 1 July June from 10am to 12 noon
- Friday, 3 July from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
These times may be subject to change over the coming weeks as circumstances evolve.
If you or a member of your household are showing symptoms of Covid- 19 you should not come into the church for prayer.
What to Expect
We have had a deep clean of the prayer space and it has also had an antiviral “fogging” treatment. We are following the strict guidelines set out by the church and the authorities so as to minimise the risk of virus transmission. This means that when you visit things will not be the same as before the pandemic.
Upon arrival, visitors must sanitise their hands before entering the church. Once inside, they will be expected to follow the one-way system. We have reconfigured the seating to comply with social distancing, so the body of the church will look very different. A maximum of 15 people plus stewards can be in the church at any one time. If this capacity is reached, we will operate a "one in, one out" policy. Social distancing of 2 metres/6 feet must be maintained at all times. We understand that for many the lighting of votive candles is important so it will be possible to do so on your way out. Physical veneration of statues is not permitted and there will be no holy water. Toilet facilities will be closed. Visitors must sanitise their hands when they exit the church.
Please listen to any guidance given by the stewards on duty and follow their instructions. Their role is to ensure that the strict measures required are adhered to, for the safety of all visitors and our priests. Remember they are volunteers.
A minimum of two stewards must be present in the church throughout the time it is open for prayer. Without stewards we cannot open. Those appointed need to be healthy individuals, under 70, who are not classed as vulnerable or shielding under Covid-19. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able and willing to help.