C-19 Update Page

Christ Church is open for Public Worship.

Update 22 February 2022

Whilst the threat of COVID appears to be receding and we thank God for vaccines and dedicated health workers, for the first time since the start of the pandemic it is now legal to  go anywhere whilst knowingly being infected without taking any precautions to alert other people or to protect them such as wearing face masks.  So, whilst there is cause for optimism that we may be near the end, for vulnerable people COVID is arguably more of a threat now than at any time of the pandemic so far.  [Note that Public Health Authorities continue to recommend 5 days of self-isolation if you have COVID.]

Therefore, if you think you might have been in contact with an infected person, PLEASE take a lateral flow test before you come to church.  If you have COVID or are feeling at all ill or have any of the symptoms of COVID, PLEASE stay at home and worship with us on the live-stream, even though you may be legally permitted to come under current government policy.

We  continue to welcome people who may be vulnerable or who wish to continue to wear masks to join us in church to worship. The front half of the left side of the church will be reserved for those who wish to continue wearing masks. We request that all persons involved in the services (welcomers, service leaders, etc.) please take a Lateral Flow Test before each service.

This is a very practical example of “Loving our neighbour” under these circumstances and is in line with the guidance of the Church of England: “Although the legal restrictions are being lifted, there may be good reason for us to take some measures as individuals and as local churches. I am conscious that some people with medical conditions will be more fearful now that compulsory isolation for those who are likely to be infectious is ending and we should not lose our focus on the most vulnerable.” Bishop Sarah Mullally, who chairs the Church of England’s Covid Recovery Group – see this LINK.

Live Streaming of services – We will be live streaming all our services as we have done since the beginning of the pandemic – please join us on the live stream if you do not feel safe joining us in person.  The Church is the body of believers where ever we are – not the building!

We want all our congregation to feel safe so please let us know if you have any concerns or suggestions.


  • Loving God,
    source of healing and comfort,
    fill us with your grace,
    that the sick may be made whole,
    that those who care for us may be strengthened,
    that the anxious may be calmed,
    and those most vulnerable be protected
    in the power of Spirit
    in the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord.