Last updated: Thursday 1st April 2021, 11:36
St John's Church is open for public worship, subject to regular review
Online services on YouTube continue - Click here to watch our services online
Covid-19 related safety measures will be in operation in the building
For your safety, and the safety of others, we politely request that anybody who is intending to attend a service at St John's, Ravenhead reads the following text before travelling to church.
The Parochial Church Council (PCC) have confirmed that from Sunday 4th April 2021, St John's Church will reopen for public worship. There will be monthly services at 8:30am and weekly services at the later than usual time of 11am. The earlier service will be from the Book of Common Prayer (traditional language).
We want to offer you a warm welcome to St John's, but obviously as the Pandemic continues, we need to put a few extra safety measures and restrictions in place for the time being.
We will be operating Test and Trace as well as 2m distancing measures for those attending the services. If required, we may pass on the contact details you provide to NHS Test and Trace.
We offer a polite reminder that the law currently requires the wearing of appropriate face coverings in church unless you have a valid exemption. As part of our local risk assessment, designated pews must be used, hand sanitisation points will be provided, and you will only be able to sit with members of your own household.
A 'one-way' system through the building will be in use, so please arrive by the main door at the side of church. At the end of the service, you will be asked to leave through St John's Centre and to keep the area outside clear so as not to disrupt the 2m distancing requirements. A stewarding system will be in place to guide you.
Due to the current circumstances, we regret that initially there will be no children's groups nor creche provision, there will be no singing and you will be encouraged to speak responses quietly. We will also be unable to provide refreshments, prayer books or Bibles at this time - if necessary, please bring your own. If you do not have your own BCP prayer book, you will have the option to loan one from church - you will take it with you at the end of the service and bring it back each time you attend.
The 11am service will have a handheld booklet which you will take with you at the end of the service and bring with you each time you attend church. We anticipate that the service will continue to be displayed on the screen at the front of church when possible.
Though the toilets in church will be available, we ask that you avoid using them unless absolutely necessary.
The maximum occupancy of the building will be substantially reduced and services may be shorter than usual.
To help keep church a safe place, if you or any member of your household...
1) has symptoms of Covid-19 (currently defined as one or more of a fever, a new and persistent cough, a loss of taste and/or smell),
2) are awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test,
3) has a positive test result for Covid-19, or have a diagnosis of suspected or confirmed Covid-19,
4) has been in contact with somebody who has symptoms of Covid-19, who is awaiting the results of a test for Covid-19, who has a positive Covid-19 test result, or who has a diagnosis of suspected or confirmed Covid-19,
5) has been identified as at risk of infection with Covid-19 by NHS Test and Trace,
6) are within any self-isolation or quarantine periods,
...we ask that you please do not attend church in person at this time. Please observe the points above even if you have no symptoms or do not feel unwell.
Following any of the above, please follow NHS guidelines regarding the timescales surrounding when it will be safe for you to return to church. Please consult your GP or appropriate NHS services if in doubt.
It is impossible to remove all risk, and the Bishop has made it clear that anybody who does not feel comfortable returning to public worship in church buildings at this time should not feel under any pressure to do so. We support the Bishop in this position, and in the coming weeks will continue to broadcast our online services as provision for those who are not ready to come back just yet.
It is hoped St John's Centre will reopen shortly in line with the UK Government's 'Roadmap' for England. Users must have a dynamic risk assessment, proof of public liability insurance and a signed contract.
Further, regular reviews of these arrangements will take place and they may be loosened or tightened - or the facility closed again, as felt necessary to protect our clergy, staff, volunteers, congregation and community. Despite these measures, we will of course endeavour to make church and the centre as welcoming as possible.
Thank you for your understanding and support at this time.
Any further decisions taken at a local level will be published on this page.
St John's Centre is closed.
St John's Centre is expected to reopen in line with the requirements of the UK Government's England 'roadmap'.
Upon reopening, users must have a dynamic risk assessment, proof of public liability insurance and a signed contract. Users must adhere to government guidance while using the facility.
Please monitor our weekly notice sheet, emails, social media pages, website and this page for any further updates.