St.Andrew's during the Covid-19 pandemic

This page gives up-to-date information about our church's response to the coronavirus pandemic

CHURCH STATUS UPDATE

November 30th. 2021.

Arrangements for services from 5th December

COVID infection rates remain high both locally and nationally and we are now aware of the Omicron variant with currently unknown consequences for transmission and severe illness, The government is reintroducing compulsory wearing of face coverings in shops and on public transport. Therefore, the St Andrew’s COVID Planning Group believe that for the month of December, we should retain the same safeguards as we currently have which are primarily using every other pew and wearing face coverings during the service. If this needs to change as we learn more about the Omicron variant we will be back in touch.

Communion will continue to be wafers served to you in your seat by the minister.

In the light of the current situation, the COVID Group decided that it would be unsafe to hold Christingle services or a Nativity Service this year, so they will not take place in 2021.

Refreshments will continue to be served after services. There will be tables and six seats per table laid out. You will be required to wear a face covering until you have collected your coffee or tea and sat down at a table.

Foodbank will continue to operate with the same restricted procedures.

Church hall/office users will continue to follow the existing procedures.

The St Andrew’s Covid Planning Group will review these arrangements again in December. We thank everyone for their continued cooperation and understanding.

Foodbank will continue to operate with the same restricted procedures.

Church hall/office users will continue to follow the existing procedures.

The St Andrew’s Covid Planning Group will review these arrangements again in November. We thank everyone for their continued cooperation and understanding. St Andrew’s Covid Planning Group

What is on:-

  • The church office is open in the morning, but with social distancing in operation. Peferably email or phone the office rather than visit.
  • The Live Sunday service is at 10:00am.
  • Refreshments are available after the Sunday morning service.
  • We stream the live Sunday Worship service via our YouTube pages on Sundays at 10.00am. See the Current Sunday Worship news page for more information.
  • The Thursday Food Bank continues but with procedures for distribution to help maintain social distancing.
  • The CAP (Christians against Poverty) is in operation.
  • We have a WhatsApp self help group in operation, see below.

What's Not on:-

  • The Church is not open at the moment except for Live Sunday services.This includes the normal Wednesday manned openings.
  • All regular church groups and meetings have been canceled in accordance with the requirement to maintain social distancing.
    these include, ABC parents & children, Boathouse cafe, LadiesWhatLunch, Ladies Guild, Monday Craft Group, MenMeet and Girls Aloud.
  • All Discipleship and Home groups meeting in various homes are canceled.

HELPING EACH OTHER

 * The WhatsApp "Chat Room" group.

WhatsApp is a messaging app installed on a smartphone. It uses your mobile telephone number as a means of identification. Once setup you can quickly, easily and securely send a message to any other person who also uses WhatsApp. The app is free to download and using it costs nothing other than any data charges you may occur in using your phone.

A WhatsApp group is a grouping of WhatsApp users who are able to message within the group and all members share posted messages. A new Group is called "St.Andrew. Chat Room." Any message sent to the group will be forwarded to all the members of the group. It is hoped that members of the group will be able to respond to calls for help.

During the Covid pandemic benefits of the group to us as a church community include:

  • If, as a result of Covid-19, you have to self-isolate you can call on other church members to support you. For example, if you need some shopping to be done or prescriptions collected these can be brought to your door.
  • If you find yourself short of over the counter medicines like paracetamol others may have some to share.
  • We can quickly keep people in touch with the latest developments in the church as the situation unfolds.

If you would like to become a member of this new Group, or if you need help to get started with WhatsApp please let us know, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Once WhatsApp is installed on your smart phone all we need is you mobile phone number.

Important Note re. WhatsApp: Integral to WhatsApp is your mobile phone number. If any other member of the group does not have your number in their contact list, any message you send will display with your phone number. If you ask to belong to the group it will be deemed you have given approval for your phone number to be visible to others. If this is unacceptable please don't use the group.