COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Updated 11am, Wednesday 24th March 2021
This page details St Paul’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and will be updated regularly.

From NEXT Sunday 28th March, Palm Sunday, all services will revert to church, although they will also continue to be live-streamed for those who are unable or not yet ready, to return. For technical reasons, the live stream, once it is coming from church, will be on YouTube rather than on Zoom.

After all the traumas of the last year, it would be wonderful, wouldn’t it, to really come together as a Christian community in church once more, especially as we celebrate Holy Week together.

Please see our Holy Week 2021 page for full details of the services.

Love and prayers,

Simon

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.

    • Holy Week 2021
    • Church site
    • Visiting St Paul’s 
    • Services
    • Events
    • Theatre
    • Pastoral

Holy Week 2021

Church site

    • The church site will re-open from Sunday 28th March. 
    • Sunday Eucharist will be celebrated in person and streamed on Youtube.
    • Services on Wednesday lunchtimes have now resumed. Tuesday lunchtime services remain suspended for now.
    • Church staff are now flexi-working, working both from home and the office. They can be contacted via info@actorschurch.org. Business enquiries should go to this email.
      • The church phone number – 020 7836 5221 – will return to being regularly monitored. If there is no one to take your call, please leave a message on this line or email info@actorschurch.org and a member of staff will get back to you.
    • In an emergency, or if you wish to speak to a priest, please contact Father Simon on 07958 472568.

Visiting St Paul’s for private prayer and collective worship

    • The church building and grounds are currently open and private prayer and in-person collective worship has resumed.

Services

    • Sunday services have now resumed in church and streamed on Youtube
    • For the time being, Sunday Eucharist will be celebrated on Zoom. Click HERE to access the Zoom room.
      • This will run at our normal Sunday meeting time of 11am
      • If you have not used Zoom before, or are having difficulties, there is a guide to joining meetings provided by the company here
    • Weekday Wednesday lunchtime services have resumed. Tuesday lunchtime services remain suspended for now.

Events

    • Most events have been suspended due to the national lockdown.
    • If you had tickets for an event that was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, you should have been contacted and arrangements have made. If you have not been contacted please email info@actorschurch.org with your name and which event you were booked into.
    • St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden is currently taking inside space hire enquiries and garden hire enquiries from May 2021 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 started again but with reduced numbers allowed to attend.
      • 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.