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General Hygiene requirements for St James’s Church

Church buildings are open for private prayer daily.  Church Services will take place in Cross House for Sunday@nine and in St James Church at 10:30am each Sunday.

Social distancing and hygiene standards are applicable to private prayer which includes the use of Hand Sanitiser on entry.  Please respect the wishes of other users who may have different attitudes to Social Distancing and Hygiene and these should be respected by others.

St James Information and guidance taken from advice from Church of England

In light of the Government and Church of England advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), St James, Bramley is providing the following information and advice.  Whilst this information is accurate at the time of printing, advice is constantly being updated by the Government and the Church of England, so you should check for the latest advice using the link below, which can also be typed into a computer web browser like Windows Explorer, Google Chrome on a PC, or Safari on an Apple Mac.

The best advice is to ensure that good hygiene practices are followed, so that we keep to a minimum any direct physical contact such as handshakes, hugs, etc., with other people (currently being referred to as ‘Social Distancing’).

Good Hygiene

The best way to protect ourselves and others from the spread of the virus is for everyone to use universal good hygiene – which means everyone, all the time, as that will effectively disrupt the spread of the virus.

Upon entering the Church or Cross House it is important to wash your hands.

  • In Cross House, this will mean using the hand sanitiser when first entering the building and wearing face masks.
  • At the Church, it means using hand gel on entering.  Hand gel must have a greater than 60% alcohol content.  (Most hand gels have Ethanol listed in the ingredients which is an alcohol).
  • Hymn Books, Bibles and Service Orders/Book of Common Prayer, will be left to be collected at the entrance after hand gel has been used.  Those handling the books to make them ready will also be regularly using hand gel.

We should all follow the NHS guidelines for preventing the spread of germs:

  • Catch it– sneeze or cough into a tissue.
  • Bin it– bin the tissue.
  • Kill it– wash your hands.
  • Do not touch your face unless you’ve washed your hands. 

Avoid Physical Contact

Wherever possible, we should avoid direct physical contact with one another.  That means no handshaking and just verbal greetings, including when sharing the Peace in a Communion service.  Try, where possible, to keep a little distance between each other (obviously this doesn’t apply to families).  All our handouts and prayer books are either single use, or will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours after each use.  For the present, Bibles will not be left in the pews.  Words of the liturgy will be provided on service orders in the Church, or on the projector screen in Cross House.

If you are ill or have chosen to isolate yourself

If you are feeling unwell, please do not come to church, but do let us know so that we can pray for you and arrange whatever pastoral care we can.  Contact One of the Church wardens, Malcolm Knowles (880712) or Rachel BarcaySmith (541251); or the Parish Administrator, Steve Day (07341 552732).

We are working closely with our colleagues at Sherfield-on-Loddon to make sure we all follow the best practice possible.