Now that we’re allowed to resume church services, we’re excited to welcome a congregation in the building whilst we continue to film the livestream services.
Sign up to join us in person
We’ve been working hard to ensure that we’re compliant with both the government’s and the Church of England’s guidelines so that the building is safe for church members and so that we can feel as comfortable as possible about meeting each other again.
If you are not able to make it into church, or do not yet feel comfortable joining a larger gathering, please feel no pressure to attend. We will continue to livestream for some time to come so you won’t be missing out.
Despite all this, we’re so thankful to God for being able to begin to meet again after all this time!
Here’s what to expect as you attend one of our services:
** New Booking System**
We ask for sign-ups and contact details in advance (click here for the form
) so that we can limit the number of people attending, and so that we can assist 'track and trace' if necessary.
We are now near capacity for both services, so it is no longer possible to turn up on the day and attend a service.
Please sign up before midnight on Wednesday. The office will send a confirmation email on Thursday to say you have been allocated a place. You will also receive an email to confirm if you are not able to attend in person; we will do our best to invite you to a future service, and we hope that you are able to join us via the livestream on the day.
We’ll do our best to accommodate any changes you may have to your availability after filling out the form, and we also may end up inviting people at the last minute if spaces become available. (Please note that the office is closed on Saturdays).
We’ll ask that people arrive at least twenty minutes before the start of the service in order to prepare for the livestream filming, and you may end up on camera if the livestream uses shots of the congregation.
Face coverings are currently mandatory on public transport and in a range of indoor venues including places of worship. While there are exemptions (those leading the service, children under 11, etc.) this is a legal requirement, and we ask that you wear a face covering when attending services at St Andrew the Great. For more information see the Church of England's guidance
. We will have some disposable masks available upon arrival for those who wish to use them.
Upon arrival we encourage everyone to use the hand sanitiser which will be available.
We are operating a one-way system in the auditorium and the balcony, which is clearly signposted.
You are able to take a StAG Bible if you’d like to, but this must be returned to the box marked ‘Quarantined Bibles’ at the end of the service. Any leaflets/service sheets will be single use, and should be disposed of after use.
Social distancing & seating arrangements
You must observe current social distancing guidelines at all times in the church building, staying at least 2 metres away from anyone outside of your household or support bubble. On arrival, you will be shown to your seat by the Welcome Team and we ask that you remain in that seat unless you need to use the toilet or take/collect a child from a children's group. We have removed rows of chairs to make this possible, and we ask that a gap of 3 chairs is left empty between household groups. Following "the rule of six", you/your household may not mingle with a group of more than six people whilst in the church building and those six people may not change throughout your time in church.
From 27th September, we will be restarting a combined Climbers and Adventurers groups for those in school years 1-3, and an Explorers group for those in school years 4-6.
We are not able to run Scramblers or Crèches for the Under 5s under the current regulations. Space in these groups is limited so it is essential that you sign up.
Pathfinders (school years 7-9) runs on Friday evenings and Travs (school years 10+) runs on Sunday evening, both in the building. Get in touch with our Youth Worker James Townsend
for more details
For feeding mums, the Ringing Room will be available with an audio relay of the service.
We will keep doors and windows open throughout the service to increase air-flow.
Sadly, we’re unable to sing together. We encourage you to sing in your hearts, perhaps mouthing the words or humming along quietly.
We clean toilets, and surfaces in the church between services on a Sunday.
After the services
We are encouraging people to leave the building promptly. Once you leave the building, our formal church gathering is over and we’re not responsible for your conduct.
If you wish to meet up in groups of 6 socially – which you’re legally permitted to do – then you are of course welcome to organise that yourselves. However, we urge you to adhere to the law as we seek to be good witnesses in this community and obey the authorities God has placed over us.
Please click here to view the risk assessment
Please click here to view the Church of England's latest guidance
Please click here to view the Government's latest guidance
If you would like to come...
Please fill out the form below with your availability for Sundays over the next couple of months