New information: church opening

Updated: Nov 3

Since mid-June, we've been open to friends and visitors for private prayer on Wednesdays and Fridays; and for short 'mini services**' on Sundays, between 10:00 and noon . But, following the recent Government announcement, we sincerely regret that

...... we are unable to hold our mini-services (**reading, some thoughts and prayers) on Sundays at 10:00 and 11:00.

We will still be open for private prayer on Wednesdays and Fridays (10-12:00), so please feel welcome to come.

  • Appropriate safety measures will be in place in line with C of E guidelines. These include hand-sanitizers, restricted areas of the church being available, a one-way system to reach and leave open pews, removal of some contents (hymn books, bibles, kneelers etc) and cleaning. Unfortunately we are unable to open the toilets

  • For each opening occasion, a Steward will attend to guide those who wish to enter and pray

  • Anyone wishing to pray in the church is asked to respect the privacy of anyone else present, and must abide by appropriate social distancing. YOU MUST ALSO WEAR A MASK before entering the building

Big thanks are due to those who prepare the church building for this, and to those who are stewarding and cleaning.

For some this will be a welcome opportunity. Others will not yet wish to enter a church building, or be able to do so. It’s entirely your choice, there is no pressure.

Weddings & Funerals

Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people, and it is advised that only close friends and family attend. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance. Anyone working is not included. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.

Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances.

You may be rightly concerned about a baptism or wedding that you have booked after Dec 2nd this year. At the moment, we cannot say for certain what the situation will be. Please phone the church office (01404 812062) between 10am and 12 noon for the latest information and for help if you need it. If you receive an answerphone message, please leave your contact details for us to get back to you.

Though, sadly, our beautiful church building is closed for any other activities until further notice under the current restrictions, people from the church are still active and open to any way we can help you if you need it.

If you are lonely and would simply like to talk to someone, please do get in touch.

In the meantime, be assured that prayers are being offered for our community by the churches in Ottery.

The Churchwardens


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