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.


We have decided to delay opening St Mary & St Eanswythe Folkestone for worship services until Sunday 6 September, as long as we are not experiencing a second wave of Covid-19 at that time.

The main reason is the age and health profile of our congregation, which affects both the heightened risk of infection and also the availability of volunteers to help run services.

Services of daily Morning Prayer and Sunday Eucharist will continue to be published online. We will continue to open St Mary & St Eanswythe most days for individual prayer.

This decision also affects private ceremonies, concerts and meetings.

In line with revised Government guidelines and advice from the Church of England and Diocese of Canterbury the church reopened for private prayer on Saturday June 20th. Initially this will be from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm six days a week, Saturday to Thursday. We hope to extend these hours subject to the availability of volunteers to supervise the church.

Access is restricted to the Nave in order to facilitate cleaning: hand sanitiser is provided and you should use it both on entering and leaving the church. 

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.