St Michael’s is an inclusive church in the Catholic tradition of the Church of England and warmly welcomes everyone including families and young people.
Sunday Mass: Mass will be said at 10.30 am.
Friday Mass: Mass will be said at 11.00 am.
If you are a family or young person please also read our children’s page.
GUIDELINES FOR THE MASS
In response to COVID-19, our pattern of worship and pastoral care has changed and follows government and diocesan guidance to ensure safety and well-being.
Please enter and exit the main doors where there will be hand sanitizers.
- Please wear a face mask during the service if you prefer to do so.
- Please respect one another’s space.
- Congregational singing is permitted.
- We advise no handshaking during the Peace.
- The congregation is encouraged to speak in a quiet voice.
- Communion is to be in one kind only.
- The congregation is to come up one at a time to receive the host (bread) – standing and where possible extending your arms towards the celebrant priest.
- The celebrant will place the host into the hands of each communicant without saying “The Body of Christ” and please refrain from saying ‘Amen’.
Please help us to maintain a prayerful stillness and silence in the church. If you wish to talk or socialise, we would respectfully ask that you do so outside the church building, or in the community hall after Mass.
To help reduce transmission of infection we ask you to avoid touching surfaces as much as possible, this includes devotional objects such as statues.
Candles will be available but extreme caution must be taken when lighting them as alcohol gel is flammable. Please wait a full minute after applying gel and wipe your hands with a disposable tissue before lighting a candle.
If you require additional assistance in order to gain access to the church, we ask that you inform the Vicar or churchwardens in advance, so that we can both ensure access and maintain social distancing requirements, if necessary.
We will continue to provide electronic copies of the service sheet in advance of the service. Printed copies will be provided at the church and we ask you to either to take these home or place them in the bin as you leave the church.
On entering and leaving the church building everyone, including staff and volunteers, is encouraged to use the hand sanitiser provided.
Can we Use the Toilets?
Toilets are available if required but we ask you to avoid using them if possible. Please ask one of the volunteers should you need access.
Worshippers over 70 and the Clinically Vulnerable
Certain groups of people may still be at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19 so we would ask you follow NHS advice and not take unnecessary risks.
Symptoms of COVID – 19 and those Self- Isolating
Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell, amongst other symptoms) should not attend church services.
Children and Young People
We warmly welcome all children and young people; they are part of the worshiping body of Christ. Please do not worry if you need to come in and out during the mass and please do not worry if there is noise. We pride ourselves on being a ‘non-shhhhhh’ church!