As government and Church of England guidance becomes more relaxed, we are aware that some of our congregation and visitors are still vulnerable and cautious, whilst others have found it difficult to return to church with restrictions in place. It's a tricky balancing act and we want everyone to feel as comfortable as possible. We will continue to review the situation and welcome your feedback.
Many things are staying the same:
We will be keeping our one way system and respecting people's space as we enter, exit and move around the buildings.
At St Giles’ the main front door is your only point of access. For those who cannot walk far, access via the Memorial Gardens is permitted on request. Exit via the Hastings Chapel.
At St Andrew’s the main door which faces the car park is the point of entry on Sundays and the Chapel door on Wednesdays.
Masks are preferred indoors unless you are exempt.
Hand sanitiser must be used as you enter and exit.
If booking is required for a special service, we will be unable to accommodate anyone not booked in advance.
Track and trace details are required at the door - either written down or by scanning the QR code for the NHS Track and Trace App. If you have booked tickets, those details will be used for track and trace instead.
New for July 2021:
The congregation in both buildings will be in two sections:
At the front
At the front of the church (in front of the font at St Giles' and the new yellow line on the floor at St Andrew's), you may sit with people outside your bubble, not wear a face covering and sing - facing forwards.
At the back
At the back of the church (behind the font at St Giles' and the new yellow line on the floor at St Andrew's), we will maintain distanced seating, face coverings and no singing.
Please take note of the Covid-19 guidance posters dotted around and follow the requests of our Welcome Team and Natasha as they guide you to a seat or direct movements during a service.
As stated before we will keep this under constant review so please keep an eye on our website and the Friday News.
Please continue to pray for our PCC and all those in leadership. We are planning and seeking God’s grace and guidance for our future as we continue in our mission to Love God & Love people.
Remain safe, and know that you are in our prayers …
Revd Natasha Brady, Vicar
John Wheatley, Churchwarden and Acting Treasurer
Simon McDowell, Churchwarden and Acting Secretary