Coronavirus (COVID-19) How it affects Church
The ongoing restrictions that are being imposed both from national government and from the Church of England in response to the growing pandemic mean that the church is currently closed both for public worship and private prayer until further notice. Mass continues to be celebrated daily (at the Vicarage) as well as the usual pattern of prayer, Please join in wherever you are. A link to some of the resources available is below.
Various prayer resources are becoming available online to be used whilst we are unable to gather together for worship. Amongst such resources are those produced by the Church of England and the Church Union . There are also a number of digital resources available on the CofE website.
Sunday worship will be livestreamed every Sunday (beginning from 29th March) at 10:00 on the parish Facebook page. (Please be patient with us as we get used to the technology.)
Keeping in Touch
Fr. Mark writes: in these challenging times it is important that we make every effort to keep in touch to support each other. You can contact me by telephone 01903 724410 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org We will also endeavour to keep this website and our Facebook page updated regularly.
17/03/2020 22:00 UPDATE
From now until further notice there will be no public worship at St Mary’s Littlehampton. The church will remain open for private prayer. If you are using the church for private prayer please adhere to the guidance on social distancing below and please use the hand sanitisers provided.
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What we are doing at St Mary’s
Services continue as normal until future notice
- Communion only offered in the form of bread
The priest will drink from the chalice but it will not be offered to others
- Peace will only be said to each other
There is NO direct physical contact should be made but smiling and saying the peace should continue
- Laying on of hands
There is NO direct physical contact will be given however a blessing may still be given
Communion will be administered at the Chancel step to avoid contact with the altar rail.
After the service clergy will still congregate at the back of church to welcome and chat with people but will not shake hands or make physical contact
Holy water stoups and font will not be used until such restrictions are lifted
There will be no tea or coffee on Sunday morning after the service and no soup lunch will be provided after Station of the Cross on Fridays
At the heart of the fight against the spread of the virus is personal hygiene.
- Ensure everyone maintains good hygiene (we should be doing this already as part of normal good practice) at all gatherings, whether services or other occasions. This include those handing out books, as well as those administering the Eucharist.
Hand gel has been provided at the entrance and there is a good supply of soap and hand gel in the cloakrooms
- The best way of protecting us from the spread of ANY virus is for everyone to use universal good hygiene, – this means everyone, all the time, which will effectively disrupt the spread of the virus.
Catch it – sneeze into a tissue.
Bin it – bin the tissue
Kill it – wash your hands
Don’t touch your face – unless you’ve washed your hand
Ere on the side of caution