Open for business - 'It's public worship Jim, but not as we know it!'

Covid-19 has transformed our lives in such a short period of time and the things we have previously taken for granted are now unusual and can feel odd. The PCC at St. Michael's is working diligently to put together a workable plan to re-open our building to acts of public worship, which will include Holy Communion, Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, as well as being suitable and safe for people of all ages.

The Church of England's House of Bishops, which is made up of all 42 Diosceasn Bishops, have been hard at work interpreting the government's advice and guidance on how we can contribute to a safe, welcoming and positive society. The House of Bishops have recently provided for Church of England churches, like St. Michael's, guidance on how to prepare for Public Worship, Holy Communion, Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals. In the interest of transparency I have linked this documents below for your bedtime reading. The PCC will be using these as a close guide to how we offer these services to the public and so I feel it is important to see them for yourselves. They will be updated and so have, potentially, a relatively short shelf life but revised documents are always available at

Holy Communion Guidance
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Baptism Guidance
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