Unfortunately government restrictions severely affecting our church activities. The church is following the requirements and recommendations of the government and the Church of England and is keeping the situation under review. See below for more information.

The central heating in the church is not working and may be out of operation for some weeks. In the meantime we hope to have temporary heating but the church may still be cold.

Cancellations and consequences

The church building is still closed except for some Sunday services and only a few special activities. Complying with the government guidance creates difficulties that restrict what can be done.

There will be no Sunday services in the church before 3 January. An announcement about these services will be made later.

We have set out below the main guidance on how we must conduct ourselves in the church.

As restrictions on holding services and other activities are now being relaxed, the PCC is keeping the situation under review. Announcements will be made in the weekly newsletter and on this web site and FaceBook.

Online services: These will be continued online to Sunday 20 December and we hope services in the church will resume from 3 January.

Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals: These are also restricted by the pandemic. Enquiries should be made to the Vicar by ‘phone or email (see the “Contact Us” page).

How we conduct ourselves in the church & churchyard

  • Maintain social distancing of 2m between households
  • Wear a face covering at all times
  • On entering church please give the sidesman your contact details for Test & Trace. See privacy notice in the church for more information.
  • On entering the church (& leaving) and when using the toilet please use the hand sanitiser supplied
  • Sit only in positions shown by a green tick sign on the pew – only one household or one “bubble” in each position
  • Please stay in your seat – do not move around the church more than necessary
  • Please do not stand or converse in the aisles or entrance area – it makes social distancing difficult. Please hold conversations in the churchyard away from the path and other people and maintain social distancing.
  • No physical contact – do not shake hands or hug. There will be no “Peace” in communion services
  • The 8 am service will be in the Randall chapel and the 10 am service in the nave to avoid infection between congregations
  • There will be no congregational singing
  • There will be no collection during the service – please place any donations in the plate by the entrance
  • Bibles and prayer books will not be available. Please bring your own Bible. At 10 am service there will be a single use order of service; the 8 am congregation will be supplied with a yellow prayer book to take home and bring to services.
  • During communion stay in your seat as the vicar will come to you with the wafer/wine.
  • We will not be serving refreshments
  • The children’s area will not be available

There is more information at:
Rochester Diocese web site
Church of England web site