COVID-19 – Changes at St. Mary’s

Dear all

Service – St Mary’s, Hambleton 19th July at 3.30pm

Welcome to this service which will be led by Janys Cliff.

At present we have set a limit of 30 in church at any event. That may change in future according to our experience and in line with our risk assessments. But on Sunday we will be sticking strictly to 30 and we will refuse entry to avoid exceeding that number.

There has been so much written about what you can, should and should not do going out after lock down that we thought you should know what to expect when you come to Church.

You will be welcomed at the door, asked to wash your hands and taken to your seat. All our seats are marked out to give a safe distance as you sit down. You will be given a service sheet which is yours to take home.

We ask you to keep your distance when queueing and to wait in your seat at the end of the service to be shown out. Both on entry and leaving you will be asked to sanitize your hands. Our sidesmen (women) have a difficult task please help them by doing what they ask.

All this will mean that probably you will have to queue, so please keep your distance. You may prefer to wear a face mask but at present this is optional. This may change according to government policy but certainly until you are seated we would prefer you to wear one.

We look forward to seeing you. We attach permission for us to keep certain details as we are required to do on all the attendees at our services, at this time. Please  Click here  to read or print the document.   It would assist us greatly if you would please bring a completed and signed copy to Church.  We will have spares to complete in Church if necessary.

We will be keeping the main door and the one at the altar end of church open during the service to allow suitable ventilation. So warmer clothing may be advisable.

We look forward to seeing you and ask you to understand that we are thinking of your safety.

Our Love and thoughts are with you Janys, Linda, David and David

We will be publishing the Risk Assessments which have been undertaken shortly and this page will then be updated.

You may find the plan below helpful:  Please Click here if you wish to print a copy


COVID-19 - Use of Building 13-07-2020

Online Prayer Service 19th July 2020

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Service - 19th July 2020 - Online

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Opening for Public Worship

We are pleased to announce that from July 19th, St Mary’s Church will be open for Public Worship when we plan to have a short service of quiet prayer at 3.30pm. This feels like a very big step, especially after so many weeks of lockdown. Going into lockdown felt strange, but I think many of us eventually got used to it. Human beings are very adaptable – that’s one of the main reasons there are so many of us! However, coming out of lockdown is so much more complicated!

We have had to make some changes to the way we run St Mary’s so we can do our best to keep people safe. To comply with social distancing guidelines we will be able to welcome 23 people to services at a time. Please do feel welcome, but if more people arrive we will ask you to return on a different Sunday. There will be a one way system in place in church, and there will be help on hand if you find it confusing. We’ve tried our best to make it straightforward. There will be hand sanitiser, which we will ask you to use on your way in and out. Sadly we aren’t allowed to sing in church yet. There will be new service leaflets which we will ask you to keep and bring with you when you come again.

St Mary’s has been deep cleaned in preparation for re-opening and we are really looking forward to starting up again.

We plan to have services of Holy Communion at 9.15 on July 26th, August 1st and August 8th.

We will continue to make recorded services available for those unable to come to church. We plan to record the services as they happen in church and then make them available after the event.

We plan to also be ready to offer the church for funeral services, though numbers will be limited to 30, 30 is better than the 10 currently allowed at crematoria. We will not be able to sing, but we will be able to remember loved ones together and commend them to God.

Baptisms and weddings will also be possible, subject to similar restrictions on numbers. So, if you would like to arrange and funeral, wedding or baptism, please do get in touch:

Rev Anna Burr 01757 270325

Dated: 8th July 2020

Please NOTE: The above may be subject to amendment if Government Advice changes.

Further information is available here