Covid-19 Guidance

Updated 3 December

The arrival of a new variant of the Covid-19 virus, Omicron, has prompted the government to introduce some additional precautionary measures as they assess its potential impact.
 
For places of worship it is still up to individual churches to decide the precautions they wish to take based on their own risk assessment to protect others and themselves.
 
Within the Church we believe that everyone is known and loved individually by God and that as many members within one body we are called to be responsible to and for one another, respecting the more vulnerable whose suffering is our suffering (1 Cor 12:12-27). 
 
The current situation, means we are being asked to take even more personal responsibility, than when we were compelled to adhere to Government restrictions. 
At present, news of the newly emergent omicron variant of the virus is causing concern and uncertainty. It is, however, too early to say what impact this new variant will have on the pandemic in the UK. There is likely to be fuller information within a few weeks and we will have to exercise both patience and caution until then.
 
At St Michael’s we strongly recommend the wearing of face coverings in both the centre and church buildings, and whilst singing.  We suggest that you keep testing regularly to stop the spread, and if you do test positive with a lateral flow or feel ill, please do not attend.


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Updated 4 November

We all need to look out for each other. Please keep testing regularly to stop the spread, and if you do test positive with a lateral flow, isolate and take a PCR test promptly. 

At present, incidence of the virus is high, though Government statistics tentatively point to it beginning to decrease.

Largely due to the success of the vaccination programme, hospitalisations and deaths remain at a much lower level than at similar points during the pandemic, but the continuation of this will be dependent on a good uptake of booster vaccinations.

However, vaccination cannot be the sole means of containing the spread of the virus: hand and respiratory hygiene, social distancing, face-coverings and good ventilation are also important factors in lessening the spread of the disease. While these are not mandatory, they are still important public health mitigations to help minimise risk.

We  recommend face-coverings in enclosed and crowded spaces, and ask that you remember to wash your hands regularly. 

We will continue with a one-way system for our coffee time after the 10.30 Celebration, and encouraging people to move outside or back to the auditorium after picking up their drinks.

Updated 27 October

As cases of covid-19 continue to be a concern, we are committed to following guidance and reviewing our processes.

The wearing of face-coverings continues to be expected in the Church building. Feel free to wear face-coverings during the 10.30 and Evening Celebrations, as well as whilst moving around  St Michael’s Centre.

From this Sunday, we are introducing a one-way system for our coffee time after the 10.30 Celebration, and encouraging people to move outside or back to the auditorium after picking up their drinks.


Updated  9 September

The core leadership team has come to the decision that mask-wearing in the auditorium and St Michael’s Centre is now optional and down to personal choice.  

As you may know, the centre and especially the auditorium, is very well ventilated and this decision brings us in line with government and Church of England guidance on mask-wearing.

So as of today please feel free to wear or not wear mask at your discretion during worship and whilst moving around the centre. 

Ventilation in the church building is less efficient, so we (strongly) recommend that worshippers continue to wear masks during the 9am and for other services in the building. 

You can find full details on our Sunday Worship here

Our services and celebrations will still be live streamed, and you can find them on our youtube channel