A Message from the Vicar

Dear Friends,

We have revised our plans for public worship following the new Church of England guidelines. Our overall aim is for All Hallows to be a welcoming, accessible, and safe environment for all who come where we are caring and considerate of one another and mindful to support and include those who are more vulnerable to Covid-19.  These arrangements will continue to be reviewed over the coming weeks and we welcome your feedback (vicar@ahbtt.org.uk or parish@ahbtt.org.uk).

To continue to offer worship in a safe environment we will do the following:

Although Track and Trace is now no longer required, we will have available and encourage people to use the NHS QR Code on entry to church.

Ventilation – we will ensure the best possible ventilation and air flow in church with doors and windows open where possible.

Face covering – we will encourage people to continue to wear face coverings while in church unless exempt, not just to protect ourselves but to protect one another.

Hand sanitiser – we will continue to provide hand sanitiser on entry and before receiving Communion.

Social Distancing – we will encourage people to be mindful that some of those around them may wish to carry on maintaining social distancing while seated. We will make the North and South aisles particular areas for those who need or wish to practice social distancing and use signage to indicate this.

Congregational Singing – is allowed. We will introduce the singing of hymns and the Gloria during our Sunday morning worship. Face coverings are to be worn while singing.

Sharing the Peace – we will remain in our place to share the peace in a non-physical way, such as with the British Sign Language for ‘peace’.

Communion – will continue to be offered as it is now, with the bread only distributed in front of the main altar steps, requiring hand sanitiser before receiving. The priest will continue to prepare and serve communion alone and we will review having our serving team in the autumn.

Crypt – the crypt chapels and museum have now re-opened with a one-way regulated system and a limit on numbers.

Live Streaming – our live-streaming of services has now resumed and we offer this for those who are not physically able to be in the church building.

I do hope that this gives you confidence in coming to church and a way of worshipping that is welcoming for all.

With my prayers and best wishes,

Katherine

Rev’d Katherine Hedderly
Vicar of All Hallows by the Tower