COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Updated 2pm, Tuesday 10th November 2020
This page details St Paul’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and will be updated regularly.

St. Paul’s, Covent Garden is strictly obeying the government restrictions and we would humbly ask everyone to do the same. This is for our collective benefit. Sadly we have had to close much of the church building and can no longer meet in person for collective worship, but you can still come in to light a candle and pray privately. We ask that you observe social distancing guidelines whilst in the building and grounds and wear a mask whilst praying unless you are exempt.

Although the building is closed, the church is not. We are still meeting virtually on Sundays to celebrate the Eucharist and we continue to pray and to serve each other in whatever ways we can in these unprecedented times. If it is in your tradition, we invite you to pray with us. Whatever your faith position, we wish you well and look forward to seeing everyone again, in person, when it is safe to do so.

God bless and take care.

The Reverend Simon Grigg, Rector of St. Paul’s

We have been closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and, following advice from Public Health England and the Church of England, we are taking appropriate steps to ensure we keep our congregation, staff team, visitors, neighbours and event attendees as safe as possible.

    • Church site
    • Visiting St Paul’s 
    • Services
    • Events
    • Theatre
    • Pastoral

Church site

    • The church site including the building and grounds are operating on heavily reduced hours for private prayer only. 
      • The church foyer is open 11am-1pm Tuesday-Saturday for private prayer.
      • The grounds will be open during this time.
    • Sunday services will now be streamed via Zoom.
    • Services on Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes are not taking place.
    • All church staff are now working from home. They can be contacted via info@actorschurch.org. Business enquiries should go to this email.
      • The church phone number – 020 7836 5221 – will not be regularly monitored. Please email info@actorschurch.org if you wish to get in contact.
    • In an emergency, please contact Father Simon at 07958 472568.

Visiting St Paul’s for private prayer and collective worship

    • The church building is now open for private prayer only. We ask tourists and sightseers to stay away for the time being and respect those who wish to pray safely; we hope to welcome you back as soon as we can.
    • Opening hours of the building and gardens have been significantly reduced due to the availability of staff to ensure infection control measures are in place.
    • We have implemented infection control measures to keep staff and those wishing to pray safe. Please observe social distancing at all times whilst in the grounds and building.
      • We have provided hand sanitiser at the entrance; please use this as you enter the church and when you leave.
      • Following government rules, you must wear a mask whilst inside the building unless you are exempt.
      • There is a clearly marked one way system in the nave which must be strictly observed.
      • Alternate pews have been taped off to aid social distancing whilst praying. Please do not use a pew that is already occupied.
      • All public facing areas are being cleaned regularly throughout the day including every pew.
    • Please observe social distancing and be respectful of others using the garden space.
    • Please do not come to St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden if you have a high temperature, a new, consistent cough or any other symptoms.

Services

    • Sunday services have now returned to Zoom livestream. Join us on zoom by clicking here.
    • Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtime services have ceased for now.
    • Infection control measures have been put in place to keep staff and congregation safe.
      • Please observe social distancing at all times whilst in the grounds and building.
      • Please follow all signposted instructions or instructions given by church staff.
      • You must wear a mask at all times during the service.
      • Hymn singing is currently not permitted.

Events

    • All events have been cancelled until December 2nd.
    • All ticket holders for these events should have been contacted and arrangements have been made. If you have not been contacted please email info@actorschurch.org with your name and which concert you were booked into.
    • St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden is currently taking inside space hire enquiries from December 2020 onwards. To make an enquiry, please email info@actorschurch.org.

Theatre

    • We are in very difficult times and uncharted waters. You will be aware that the theatre industry, for which we have a special care, is currently suspended. For all theatre folk, there is a website – theatresupport.info – which will be offering help and support.
    • Our sister organization, Theatre Chaplaincy UK (TCUK) is also available to help at www.theatrechaplaincyuk.com or on Twitter: @TCUKchaplains.
    • The Reverend Lindsay Meader – Senior Chaplain of TCUK is also available on 07501 829491.
    • Whilst social distancing measures are still in place, in the first instance Fr. Simon is available for calls or by email. If you wish to speak on the phone, you may contact him on 07958 472568 or at info@actorschurch.org.

Pastoral

    • Following government and diocese guidelines, most pastoral services have been suspended.
      • Funeral guidelines are changing frequently. Please contact Father Simon urgently to discuss on 07958 472568.
      • Guidelines for weddings, baptisms and memorial services change frequently but are now permitted again. If you would like to hold one of these services, please contact info@actorschurch.org to discuss.
      • If your pastoral service has been postponed, you should have been contacted. If you have not been, please email info@actorschurch.org. We hope to be able to hold your service when it is safe to do so.
    • If you need to speak with Father Simon you can call him on 07958 472568 or email info@actorschurch.org and he will get back to you.
    • Let’s be kind to each other and be aware that this is a hugely stressful time and that people may affected in different ways.
    • Let’s check in with our family, friends and loved ones, especially those who live on their own.
    • Let’s also look out for our neighbours and others in our community that we perhaps haven’t connected to previously.
    • Let’s be a people full of compassion, responding out of faith and not fear.