We are aware of the continued risk from the virus, especially to the clinically vulnerable, and of the need to love and protect our neighbours as we seek to worship God together. Here is a short summary of what you can expect if you come to a service in the Minster in the coming weeks:
- All worshippers and visitors are required to wear a face covering at all times whilst inside the Minster and Archbishop’s Palace, unless they have a valid medical reason for not doing so. We are currently asking members of the congregation to keep face coverings in place in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
- The booking system for Sunday services has now been removed, and congregational numbers will no longer be restricted – please simply come along if you would like to attend. Worshippers are asked to check in using the NHS Covid-19 app if possible
- Congregational singing of hymns has returned
- We are once again using the Quire and our side chapels for some smaller services
- Holy Communion will continue to be ‘in one kind’ (bread but not wine) for the moment.
We continue to live-stream our Cathedral Eucharist and Evensong on Sundays, as well as other special services.
Visitors to the Minster outside of services must also wear face coverings inside the cathedral and ideally check-in using the NHS Covid-19 app if possible.
The West Door will remain open whenever possible to aid ventilation, and hand sanitiser stations remain in place for the safety of all.
We look forward to welcoming you soon, especially if you are new to the Minster, or returning for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.
Best wishes from the Southwell Minster team