Coronavirus (Covid-19)

A prayer for a time of sickness from the Book of Common Prayer

OALMIGHTY God, who in thy wrath did send a plague upon thine own people in the wilderness, for their obstinate rebellion against Moses and Aaron; and also, in the time of King David, didst slay with the plague of Pestilence threescore and ten thousand, and yet remembering thy mercy didst save the rest; Have pity upon us miserable sinners, who now are visited with great sickness and mortality; that like as thou didst then accept of an atonement, and didst command the destroying Angel to cease from punishing, so it may now please thee to withdraw from us this plague and grievous sickness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In line with the Government announcement on March 23rd and the revised advice from the Church of England (see below) and Diocese the church will be closed for three weeks, i.e. until April 13th.

Like any other organisation, the St Mary & St Eanswythe Church community is taking the risks associated with COVID-19 very seriously. Our measures are based on advice from the Church of England and the Diocese of Canterbury. They are designed to minimise risk of infection while keeping the church as safe as possible to attend.

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms is asked to self-isolate.

  1. Surfaces such as door handles and altar rails are regularly disinfected
  2. There is alcohol gel at each entrance that all are asked to use
  3. All worshipers and visitors are asked to avoid bodily contact
  4. The Peace is not passed
  5. Collection plates and bags are not passed – a retiring collection is taken
  6. Only the priest handles the communion vessels and elements
  7. Communion in one kind – wafers – is offered
  8. The priest distributes wafers wearing sterile surgical gloves
  9. All coffee cups have been scalded and handled with sterile surgical gloves. Please feel free to bring your own cup: by washing it yourself you will reduce the washing up load in the church itself. 

These measures will be reviewed and the list updated as necessary.