COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Updated 4pm, Monday 11th May 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. Thus, the church building and the grounds are closed.

This does not mean that the church is closed. 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, though not in person. 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 congregations, staff team, neighbours and event attendees as safe as possible.

    • Church site
    • Sunday services
    • Events
    • Theatre
    • Pastoral

Church site

    • The church site including the building and grounds are currently closed until further notice.
    • All church staff who are able to are currently working from home and can still be contacted via Business enquiries should go to this email as the church phone is currently not in use.
    • In an emergency, please contact Father Simon at 07958 472568.

Sunday services

    • Due to the government and diocese guidance we are unable to gather in person on Sundays in our normal way, but we will be gathering through online services.
    • We are currently using Zoom meetings to meet for services, led by Father Simon.
    • This will run at our normal Sunday meeting time of 11am. Join us by clicking here.
    • If you are having issues with connecting or setting up to join, please contact
    • If you have not used Zoom before, or are having difficulties, there is a guide to joining meetings provided by the company here.
    • Please take a moment to read through the SPCG Zoom Policy, which includes suggestions for how to stay safe in the new virtual video environment.


    • All events at the church are currently cancelled through to the end of May.
    • All ticket holders for these events should have been contacted and arrangements have been made. If you have not been contacted please email with your name and which concert you were booked into.
    • St Paul’s Church is currently taking space hire enquiries from September 2020 onwards. To make an enquiry, please email


    • Obviously, 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 – – which will be offering help and support.
    • Our sister organization, Theatre Chaplaincy UK (TCUK) is also available to help at or on Twitter: @TCUKchaplains.
    • The Reverend Lindsay Meader – Senior Chaplain of TCUK is also available on 07501 829491.
    • Whilst St. Paul’s church grounds and building are closed, 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


    • 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.
      • Weddings are currently suspended until the end of May.
      • Baptisms are currently suspended until the end of May.
      • Memorials are currently suspended until the end of May.
      • If your pastoral service has been postponed, you should have been contacted. If you have not been, please email 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 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 pray for those affected by this virus, for those involved with healthcare and for those in government responsible for making decisions.
    • Let’s be a people full of compassion, responding out of faith and not fear.