Coronavirus (COVID-19) Precautions

At St Stephen's Church we are following the guidance set out by the British Government and the Church of England.

A full risk assessment has been completed and the church will open for services on 23rd August.  There will be a weekly Eucharist service at 9 am but numbers will be limited to comply with social distancing guidelines so you must book a place before you come.


Anyone who is not on the booking list will not be allowed to enter church. 

We have produced a video showing what to expect when you attend church.  Please click here to watch before you visit us. 


Please DO NOT ATTEND CHURCH if you are unwell or experiencing any of the Coronavirus symptoms such as:

  • high temperature

  • a new persistent cough

  • loss of taste or smell

or if you have been told to self-isolate because you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19


  • You must wear a mask inside church at all times, unless you are exempt under the UK national guidelines.  We are unable to provide masks so you must bring your own.  

  • Hand sanitiser is provided as you enter and leave church and during the receiving of communion.

  • Please maintain 2m distance from others at all times

  • You will be asked to leave your full name and contact details for Track and Trace purposes.  

  • After the service the church will be locked for 48 hours and there will be strictly no access during this period, so please take everything with you when you leave, including any tissues etc.

The churchyard is open for people to visit family graves.  Please maintain all social distancing and other precautions if you visit the churchyard. 

Allotments are still open.  Allotment holders please click  here  for more information.

PLEASE NOTE:  Advice is changing daily.  Please make sure you are up to date with all the changes and what you should do to keep yourself and others as safe as possible.  Here are some links to help you find information. 

Information from the UK Government  

Information from the NHS

Information from the World Health Organisation