Public Worship Resumes at St Martin's

Dear Brothers and Sisters,


Good News for us: the family of St Martin’s Church…

What a joy it will be to be able to be together once again and to have the immense privilege of celebrating Mass together as the family of Jesus Christ here at St Martin’s Church.


Once again, we can listen to the Lord speaking to us in the scriptures; we can pray together for the life of this world and for the mission of his Church; we can celebrate his death and resurrection, present to us in the action of the liturgy; we can receive him in the sacramental gift of his body in Holy Communion; we can offer him the love and adoration of our hearts and we can go out to offer our lives in his service to the world around us.


…but to start with, life will be a bit different and gathering to worship will feel different.

The Covid-19 virus is still out there, so we need to organise our worshipping life in a way that is safe for everyone who comes. Because of the continuing need for physical distancing, only certain areas of the seating will be available and the size of congregations will be limited.


The weekday Masses have resumed. For them, we don’t envisage the need to impose the restrictions we’ll have to put in place for the Saturday evening 6pm Vigil Mass and for the Sunday morning Masses at 8am, 9.15am and 11.15am, which are also back in operation.


For the time being, if you wish to come to a Mass on Saturday evening or Sunday morning:-

  • Please book your seat(s) at your chosen Mass on-line (click here) between Monday morning and Thursday evening. Those without access to the Internet can phone the Parish Office between 9am and 1pm from Monday to Thursday. The only people who won’t need to pre-book are those on duty as sidesmen, lectors or intercessors, the sacristan and the organist, for whom there will be designated seats.

  • Make sure you are aware of the latest guidance on wearing face-coverings in church.

  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of Mass so you can be checked-in and shown to your allocated seat. Please sanitise your hands in the porch before entering.

  • For children there will not be Young Church just yet. We recommend that children stay with parents in family groups and that you download and print-off activity sheets from the Sunday Packs on our website or from the Sermons for Kids website, bringing them with you, together with colouring pens or crayons. Under the current circumstances, we can’t provide materials in church that will be shared by different people.

  • For the time being we cannot have a creche in the bell tower room.

  • No hymn books or Mass booklets will be given out. There will be weekly bulletins for you to take away. (Once you have picked up a bulletin please take it with you and don’t return it).

  • There will be no sharing of the Peace

  • There will be no cash collection (we are in the process of obtaining contactless card readers). We will also be able to make donations to our church’s life via the Donate button that is now on our website.

  • Holy Communion will be administered in one kind only (the host) into outstretched hands and without any physical contact. Individual blessings will be given without any physical contact.

  • Anyone administering Holy Communion will have sanitized their hands immediately prior to doing so.

  • There will be music at various points of the service provided by James Kellas, our organist and, when possible, by a small group of singers. The congregation are requested not to sing.

  • Once the Mass has concluded, please leave carefully, maintaining distancing and do not congregate outside the door as this will prevent others from leaving safely.

  • There will be no refreshments after the Masses.

  • All surfaces in the church that may have been touched will be sanitised between services.


No doubt, as you read this it all sounds a bit strange….but it is just the first step on our journey back to resuming the full, vibrant and active life of our parish church. We hope that you will want to be part of process of bringing our daily worship and Sunday worship back to life as the Gathered Church, as well as being the Church at Home. 


For a variety of reasons some people will be unable to be present at public worship or may not yet feel comfortable about leaving their homes, or may not be able to, so we do intend to continue making Sunday Masses available on this website (see here).


As the situation unfolds, we will do our best to keep you informed. If you are aware of people connected to St Martin’s Church who have not been receiving our regular emails because we don’t have their email addresses, please let us know.


With all good wishes,


Fr Simon (Vicar)

Judith Roberts and Mark Stimpson(Churchwardens)  

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