COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Updated 11am, Thursday 6th August 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. The church building has now reopened for private prayer and collective worship and we ask that you observe social distancing guidelines whilst in the building and grounds.

Thankfully we have now begun meeting again for worship and services in a safe manner. 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, 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 have now reopened on reduced hours for private prayer and collective worship. 
    • Sunday services have now resumed but will continue to be live-streamed on Zoom.
    • Services on Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes have recommenced but are not live-streamed.
    • All other events remain suspended until September 2020.
    • Church staff are working staggered hours to avoid too many people in the staff areas. They are still working from home on days they are not in and can be contacted via info@actorschurch.org. Business enquiries should go to this email as there will not always be a staff member to answer the phone.
    • 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 and collective worship 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 reduced due to 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.
      • 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 single pew.
    • The gardens are now open for all to enjoy. 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 or a new, consistent cough or any other symptoms.

Services

    • Sunday services have now resumed in person in the church buildingThis service will be live-streamed on Youtube. Join us by clicking here. You will also be able to join us on Zoom by clicking here. The passcode for the meeting is 216479.
    • Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtime services have resumed in person in the church building. These services will not be live-streamed.
    • 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.
      • It is strongly suggested that those attending services wear face coverings.
    • If you are having issues with connecting to Zoom or setting up to join, please contact info@actorschurch.org.
    • 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.

Events

    • Events can now be held in the garden and will be publicised through church website and social media channels.
      • Tickets for these events are available from the church website.
      • These events have been risk assessed for COVID-19 safety and appropriate measures have been put in place. For the safety of all, please follow all signs and instructions from staff.
    • Many events that had previously been scheduled have been cancelled. 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 September 2020 onwards and the gardens from August 2020. To make an enquiry, please email info@actorschurch.org.

Theatre

    • 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 – 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.
      • Weddings are currently suspended until the end of July.
      • Baptisms are currently suspended until the end of July.
      • Memorials are currently suspended until the end of July.
      • 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.