COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Updated 2pm, Friday 26th February 2021
This page details St Paul’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and will be updated regularly.

 

With a very heavy heart I have, after consultation with the Churchwardens and other members of the PCC, decided to close St. Paul’s Church to public worship. Although the Government has stated that public worship is still permitted under lockdown, my own view, backed by others, is that, with the new variant of Covid 19 rampant in London, it is wiser to close for a ‘pause’. We will, of course, keep this decision under review and we will open as soon as it is safe to do so.

This does not mean that church is closed! As always, I am heartened by your concern for one another, and for others, and we will continue to worship together, through Zoom, over the next few weeks. Click HERE to access the Zoom room. If anyone has trouble accessing our online offering, please contact us as soon as possible and our wonderful tech department (aka Phil) will talk you through how to get online.

In the meantime, please contact me, either by email or on 07958 472568 if you need anything.

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.

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

Church site

    • The church site is closed from 6th January 2021. This decision will be reviewed regularly and we hope to open as soon as it is safe to do so.
    • Sunday Eucharist will be celebrated on Zoom and there will be no Youtube stream.
    • Services on Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes are now suspended.
    • Church staff are now working from home where possible. 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 do not leave a message on this line. Instead, 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 closed and private prayer and in-person collective worship suspended.

Services

    • Due to the national lockdown, we are unable to gather in person on Sundays in our normal way, but we will be gathering through online services.
    • 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
      • There will be no Youtube livestream at this time.
    • Weekday Tuesday and Wednesday services are currently suspended.

Events

    • All 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 March 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.