CORONAVIRUS Update

April 2022 – These are our current procedures for regular worship, on the understanding that any larger events with high numbers will be individually risk assessed with infection control as a key consideration.  We continue to keep a vigilant eye on local figures and take advice from Kirklees Public Health team. 

Current Covid Procedures

Refreshments  Coffee/tea are served after church and our regular monthly Coffee Morning event has returned to the first Saturday of each month.

Masks Mask wearing is optional in church. We will continue to keep a supply of masks in church for anyone who would like to use one. If you arrive at an event and it is busier than you expected and you would like to mask, please just ask.

Distance We encourage people to continue to be aware of how close they are to others and to be particularly aware of those continuing to wear masks. Please don’t sit or stand directly behind others from outside your household – we are a large building and there is no need to do so.  Giving people space is still more important than sitting in our favourite spot.

Hand Sanitiser We will continue to offer hand sanitiser at the entrance to church and at the front when going up to receive communion. This is here for your comfort and convenience to use when you wish to do so.

Communion We will continue to receive communion in two kinds in the current form, with the bread having been intincted with wine.  Gluten free bread and bread without wine is also available. We will continue to cover the elements on the altar table during the Eucharistic prayer. For the time being clergy or others administering communion will only do so with masks on and having thoroughly sanitised hands. All clergy presiding at communion will continue to take covid tests before doing so.  There will be a chalice/common cup available for those who wish to receive from it from Easter Day onwards.  We will continue to offer the current communion arrangement alongside this. No-one will be obliged to drink from a common cup, but it will sit alongside current arrangements for those who wish to receive in this way.

Sharing the Peace You may wish to return to sharing the peace with a handshake, but please be sensitive to one another.  A sign of peace is always welcome, but a handshake or hug may not be.

The full ending of any kind of restriction by the Government is leaving CEV members of our communities feeling that they need to hide away, as no protection is afforded to them in public places of any kind.  We want to reassure everyone who comes into our building that we remain vigilant, that we welcome those who feel vulnerable and those who don’t. We will continue to risk assess events and activities in church in the light of all we have learned about infection control during the last two years. Should local infection levels rise we will not hesitate to reintroduce any measures the PCC deem appropriate, based on expert advice, own risk assessment and our duty of care to the community. Thank you all for your patience and support as we have negotiated these constant changes.

Full details of weekly services can be found here

Please contact the Vicar or the Parish Office if you have any questions or concerns:

Parish Office: office@huddersfieldparishchurch.org
Revd Canon Rachel Firth: vicar@huddersfieldparishchurch.org

Telephone us: 01484 427964

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