Welcome to St. Peter's Church
The church is open for services on Wednesday at 9:30am and Sunday at both 8am and 10am services. Up to 30 people are permitted to gather in the Rectory garden after the service on Sunday mornings.
Update on Covid 19 measures in church from 19th March
From 19th July 2021 legal limits on the numbers of people allowed to meet indoors and outdoors have been removed, including all capacity limits in churches. Also, the 1 meter+ social distancing rules have been removed. However, at St Peter’s, we are asking people to respect other peoples’ personal space and we will do our best to accommodate those who wish to maintain some social distancing. If you do not wish to have someone occupy the seat next to you there are ‘Please leave this seat empty’ signs for you to use.
It is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering, though the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed settings to protect themselves and others. At St Peter’s we are encouraging people to consider wearing a face covering to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus. Also, we are asking people to make use of the hand sanitiser provided on entering the building.
The NHS Test and Trace QR poster is still in place, and we will continue to collect name and contact details at each service – although this is on a voluntary basis. Testing, contact tracing and self-isolation are key protections against the virus – including the need to self-isolate if you are a contact of someone who tests positive.
Congregational singing is now allowed, but we will be keeping to only 4 hymns per service. You may wish to wear a face covering while singing – although this is a matter of choice.
Holy Communion, bread only, will be administered to you at your seat.
There will be no sharing of the peace for the time being as physical contact with other households is not advised.
After the !0 am Sunday service and 9 – 30 am Wednesday service people are welcome to use the Rectory Garden to have a chat. We will be reviewing having coffee in the Parish Centre in September.
There are no longer limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and baptisms (including receptions and celebrations). However, there is an expectation by Government that people act responsibly in indoor spaces, particularly where large numbers of people are involved. Where the Rector of St Peter’s feels a life event service will have additional risk because of the numbers of people involved, he is permitted to ask those concerned to comply with additional measures such as face coverings and limit numbers for the safety of all those attending.
Please do not come to church if you have Covid symptoms, have been in close contact with someone who has got Covid or are waiting for Covid test results. Thank you.
If you would like to make a booking or enquiry with regards to any of these life events, or for reading of Banns of Marriage, please phone the Parish Office on 01252 331161, or Fr. Keith on 01252 321517. For weddings and baptisms an appointment will be made for you to come and see us – usually on Wednesday evenings between 6.00-7.00pm.
Covid Safety - when the church is permitted to be open
The following procedures we will be in place for all of our services for the foreseeable future, following the advice from the government and the Church of England, for your health and safety:
Social distancing and Public Health requirements must be met. The two-metre distancing ‘rule’ applies for public worship. The maximum number that we will be able to accommodate in church will be 40. In St Peter’s Centre the number will be 15. To preserve social distancing in church, you will be shown to your seat by a Steward. Face coverings are to be worn.
Everyone will have to use the hand sanitiser provided on entry and exit from the building. Also, we will be requesting the names of attendees, and these details will be kept for 21 days to assist NHS Track and Trace if required. It is essential that people do not gather on the church path, at the doorway or in the porch.
Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend church due to the risk they pose to others. They should self-isolate at home.
To minimise the risk of transmission a disposable service sheet will be provide rather than the usual booklets. Singing will not form part of our worship. There will be no ‘passing the peace’. Holy Communion will be in the form of the bread only (except for the celebrant) and hands should be sanitised before receiving. Kneeling at the rail is not permitted. Only the celebrant will prepare the altar and touch the vessels. There can be no servers or Communion Assistants at present.
The service will be much shorter than usual. On Sundays the ‘sermon’ will be printed on the pew sheet. After the service, sadly, we will be unable to have our usual coffee time together. Also, people must not stay and chat inside the building. Outside, in the churchyard and in the car park, social distancing rules will still apply.
In an emergency, the disabled toilet in St Peter’s Centre will be available. The other toilets are out of use.
The pandemic is far from over and we need to stay alert to save lives! I hope that you will still be able to enjoy worshipping God at St Peter’s.
Telephone: 01252 331161
(Answer phone message can be left when office is closed.)
Address: St Peter's Centre, Ash Church Road, Ash, Surrey, GU12 6LU
The parish office is open from 9:30 - 11:30 Monday to Friday.
Church Opening Times:
In addition to the regular services the church is open on the first, second and third Saturdays each month from 9:30-11 and the second and fourth Sundays 2:30—4pm .During these times there is an opportunity for prayer and reflection or coffee/tea and chat—just drop in!