St Margaret's Welcomes you to Private Prayer
It is my great pleasure to advise that the church building is open on Saturdays from 10am to 12 noon and Sundays from 1.30pm to 3pm for private prayer.
Everyone is very welcome to attend private prayer, from the young to the old. Family and household groups will be able to sit together. I hope you don’t mind me reminding you that the over 70s and those with certain medical conditions are more at risk, but it is your own personal choice if you would like to come along and we would be very happy to see you if you choose to do so. Anyone who is amongst those who are ‘shielded’ should follow the latest government advice.
As a church we are following both Government guidelines and Diocesan advice to keep our visitors safe and our church building clean. We will review the arrangements from time to time, following any new guidance received and your feedback which would be very much appreciated.
If you are feeling unwell, have a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, or have recently returned from one of the destinations that require a 14 day quarantine - then please do not come to the church or enter the building. Stay at home and seek advice.
Just so that you know what to expect when you arrive, there will be one of our lovely ‘prayer hosts’ who have kindly volunteered to look after you all whilst visiting. They are responsible for ensuring that we do not have too many people in church at one time and ensuring everyone arrives and departs in as safe manner. We would ask that you respect social distancing guidelines if you need to talk to them.
Please can you use the hand sanitizer which is on the notice board in the porch before you enter the church and once you are inside maintain social distancing of 2m between people unless you are with someone from the same household. In practice this means that there will be an empty pew row between visitors.
A lesser distance of 1m is acceptable if you have taken additional measures to ensure the protection of other people, such as wearing a face mask. Wearing a mask is a mandatory requirement now.
Please follow the signs which indicate the direction of movement around the building and refrain from entering the restricted areas.
We believe that we can accommodate up to 15 people in the building safely at any time. If there are more people than this, then our ‘prayer host’ may ask you to wait outside until space becomes available.
In order to comply with NHS Track and Trace we will need to keep a record of who attends church for private prayer, and we will need to keep your name, address and telephone number on file for 21 days after your visit. Please can you either scan the QR code in the porch (if you have the NHS app on your smartphone), or write this information down then drop it into the box which will be situated in the porch as you enter.
Please contact us immediately if you develop Covid symptoms within 2 weeks of your visit. You can either email admin or telephone 01737-552160.
If there is something you would like to share in prayer with others, or if you would like someone to pray for you, then please do text our Prayerline on 07435-998631.
If you do have any further questions, then please do not hesitate to contact me and I will do my best to assist you. In the meantime, I would like to wish you all inner peace, and tranquility during your visit.