Preparing for Services at Church: What to expect

We are delighted to have resumed public services of worship in the church building, and to be able to welcome everyone back to St Paul’s.  As you can imagine, there are a few practical guidelines we must follow.  This note is to help you know what to expect when you arrive at church.

Upon Arrival

  • Entry to the building is via the main entrance on Brackley Road only.

  • Signs at ground level mark out 2-metre intervals to avoid crowding in the porch area.

  • Please use the hand-sanitiser located in the porch, upon entry.

“Tick or Text”

We need to record each household in attendance and retain this information for 21 days.  If you are on the electoral roll, your name will be ticked off upon entry.  Otherwise, you are requested to text your name/the name of your household to Rev. Simon on 079331 47711. (These texts will be deleted after 21 days.)  A sidesperson will be available to write down your name and number if you do not appear on the electoral roll or do not have a mobile phone.

During the Service

  • Once inside, please do not gather in the entrance area at the back of church.  Please move to one of the socially-distanced seats marked on the pews.

  • To decrease the chances of the virus transferring from fabrics and soft furnishings, we have temporarily removed the cushions from the pews.  You may wish to bring your own cushion with you.

  • The service details will appear on the screens only, as we are not handing out hymnbooks, Bibles, or notice sheets at this time.  You may wish to bring your own Bible with you.

  • Until further notice, there will be no singing during the service, but music may be played.

  • It will be possible to give via contactless payment or the plate collection.

  • If you must use the toilets, please make sure that the surfaces physically contacted are wiped down.  (Disinfectant wipes are provided.)

After the Service

  • After the service, there will be no refreshments.

  • After the service you will be directed out of the building, via the hall doors or the chapel door.

  • As you leave, please do not socially gather inside the building.

  • Weather permitting, there will be opportunity for socially-distanced conversation in the church grounds – away from the exits.

Face Coverings

Please note that the Government advice is that face covering is mandatory in enclosed spaces, including places of worship.  We recognise that some have good reason not to wear a mask and we respect this.


Admittedly, it is hard to communicate a sense of welcome when there is so much to keep in mind. Nonetheless, these measures are for our benefit.  We look forward to better days ahead, and we pray the Holy Spirit will give a sense of unity and fellowship where these precautions may otherwise impair our sense of togetherness. We look forward to worshipping with you. 

These arrangements will be kept under review as Government advice changes.