Public Worship and Covid 19


The Re-opening of St. Peter’s Church for Public Worship 

From Sunday 4th October 2020







Dear Church Family, 


We can now let you have more updated information with regard to worship at St. Peter’s Church  and you will see that we have made further alterations to the times of services, this is to accommodate all who would like to attend.


As you can imagine we have been working hard on your behalf to make the Church as safe as we can make it, by following the guidance and social distancing regulations which will be 1 Meter.


There is seating for 70 people at each service and there is no need to book, please come and join us for worship.






  • SOCIAL DISTANCING: We would ask you to keep a 1 metre distance between you and anyone else when approaching the Building and when in the building. You will be directed when you can enter church and someone will show you where you have to sit (We will be filling seats from the front of church first). 

  • ENTERING & EXITING THE BUILDING: You must enter by the FRONT DOOR ONLY and exit by the BACK DOOR ONLY. 


  • HAND SANITISER: On entering and exiting Church there are Hand sanitisers.  


  • FACE MASKS: We would ask that you wear masks as you enter church.  They can be taken off

  • as you sit down.  Please wear masks whilst singing to protect those around you, and wear masks when moving around church and into the coffee area, only taking them off when you sit down at a table with your coffee.    

  • There  are printed morning prayer and communion services, if you would like one please let us know.  We will until our Av system is fixed a printed song sheet.

Holy Communion: Will take place twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Sunday. It will be in one form only (Wafer). Wafers will remain covered during the Communion prayer and Clergy will sanitise hands throughout. Clergy will say the distribution words from the front and then distribute the bread in silence where you are seated. Clergy will be using masks and visors during distribution and will drop the wafer into the communicants hands avoiding contact. 

During the Liturgical responses and at all times while in the church it is important that we do not raise our voices, as raised voices can pose an increased risk of aerosol transmission. 



  • Are available at all services, we have provided wipes for cleaning after use and bins for paper handtowels after use.

  •  20 second thorough hand washing is important using paper towels only which should be disposed of in the pedal bin provided.   

Because using the toilet requires you to move from your seat this should be done keeping 1M social distancing, and with the direction of duty wardens and ministry team. Following the direction arrows keeping to the side of the line in the church entrance, as well as coming back on the opposite side, waiting until it is safe to walk through the area and re-enter the church under guidance. 


Refreshments are now available after the 9.30am service and before the 11am service.  This is a self service system, you enter through the Church Hall lounge, help yourself to tea, coffee which is served in compostable paper cups, milk sugar and biscuits, all of which are individually wrapped and make your way to a table to enjoy a relax and a chat with friends.

Please do not come to church if you have any COVID 19 Symptoms  

  • A High temperature (hot to touch on your chest or back) 

  • A new continuous cough - coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. (If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) 

  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.  This means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal. 

  • Diarrhoea can also be a symptom 

    Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.  

You should self-isolate and contact NHS 111 online or by telephone to seek advice and notify them of your symptoms. 



We have tried to give clear guidance for all those attending Church Worship and we would ask that you respect the guidance even if you may not agree with it. 



Thank you for your understanding during this time.   

All the restrictions are there for your health and well being. 


Every Blessing 




Paul Kelly (Revd.) 


Vicar of Hednesford