Tickets for services
To prevent overcrowding and the possibility of people being turned away, for some of our services
a ticketing system will be in operation.
The 8am (and 12noon) services will not be ticketed initially.
The 9am, (10am,) and 11am services will be ticketed.
Tickets will be made available from 5pm Monday for the following Sunday. A link to a website where tickets can be applied for will be sent out using the mailchimp (subscribe here), and available on the parish website.
Because of the complexities of seating differently sized groups of people, this is an application system, rather than reservation. The Parish Administrator will allocate tickets, which will be sent out normally within 24-48 hours of the application being made. If a service becomes fully booked, the Administrator will offer tickets to another service, or, in the event of all services becoming fully booked, additional services will be arranged. Our aim is that no-one who desires to attend public worship should be denied the opportunity.
The system will be live until Thursday at 12 noon.
Those who are unable to access the online system should either
a) arrange for someone else to apply for a ticket
on their behalf, or
b) telephone the parish office on 020 8886 4290
on a Tuesday between 10am and 12noon.
A small amount of unreserved seating will be available at the 9am, 10am and 11am services for newcomers only.
When applying for a ticket there will be an opportunity to state any access needs. Space is available at the back of the nave, close to the level access, for wheelchair users. We ask that babies and small children are brought in slings or carriers wherever possible, and not buggies or prams.
Tickets will be emailed as a PDF attachment and will state which part of the church you will be sat in (nave, gallery or choir stalls). Tickets should be brought to church either printed or on a phone/tablet.
Opening the Church for Public Worship Policy
For more details about the measures we are putting into place to open the church for public worship while keeping everyone as safe as possible, including arrangements for the celebration of the Eucharist/ Holy Communion, please click here.
Sunday services to resume from Sunday 26 July
We are delighted to announce that Sunday services will resume at St Paul’s on Sunday 26 July. To allow for social distancing and to ensure that we keep the church as safe and hygienic as possible, a number of temporary changes will be made.
Services will last 30 minutes, at the following times:
8am Holy Communion
9am Family Eucharist
(for those who usually attend the 9.15am service)
10am Family Eucharist
(for those who usually attend the 9.15am service)
11am Parish Eucharist
(for those who usually attend the 10.30am service)
From 6 September there will be an additional services at 12 noon.
To prevent overcrowding and to ensure people do not need to be turned away, a (free) ticket system will be in operation for the 9am, 10am and 11am services. UPDATE: See above information.
Questions and Answers (updated 17 July 2020)
Q Why do I need a ticket for some services?
A Social distancing means our capacity is reduced. We want you to be confident that when you come to church you will be able to distance from other households, and also that you won’t be turned away because the building has reached its capacity. The best way to do this is to have a ticketing system in operation for our busier services.
Q How do I get a ticket?
A Please read the information at the top of this page.
Q What about people who aren’t online?
A Please read the information at the top of this page. Those who are not online can telephone to book a ticket, and we will keep a small amount of seating available for newcomers.
Q What if there are not enough tickets available?
A From 26 until the end of August we will have services at 8am, 9am and 11am. If these services are over-subscribed then we will be able to hold additional services at 10am and/or 12noon. Please bear with us while we try to balance demand with capacity and resources.
Q I’m nervous about coming to church. Do I have to attend now services are taking place?
A Although we are putting everything in place to ensure St Paul’s is covid-secure, we understand that some people will not feel able to attend. While the virus is still a threat, no one should feel that must come to church, and the obligation to attend Sunday services is suspended.
Q Do I need to sign in for school admissions?
A While attendance at Sunday services is not an obligation we are not recording attendance, and references will not take into account the current period. We’ll let you know when this changes, so make sure you’re subscribed to our mailing list by clicking here.
Q Will the online resources continue?
A We want to make sure that those who are unable to come to church can continue to worship at home. We will be adapting our online resources over the coming weeks, and hope that, by September, we will be able to live-stream one of our Sunday services.
Q Can I receive Holy Communion?
A We have put into place measures so that you can receive Holy Communion as safely as possible, which you can read here.
Q How will services be different?
A For the time being congregational singing is not permitted, but we will have music (organ and cantor) at some of our services. Services will be shorter (about 30 minutes) to allow us to have more services, and still have time to clean the church between services. The overall structure of our services will remain the same, so there will be plenty which is familiar.
Q Can I bring my children?
A Yes! For the 0915-style services we won’t be able to have children gathered at the front of church, but these services will be aimed at young children, and Fr Bear has formed a bubble with Fr Daniel, so he’ll be very much present. There won’t be Sunday School at the 1030 style services yet, but these services will be quite short. We hope to be able to run children’s activities in the hall from September.
Q Will there be refreshments in the hall afterwards?
A For the time being we won’t be able to supply refreshments in the hall.
Q Will there be a WC available?
A We won’t be able to make a WC and baby changing facilities available just yet, but we’re hoping this will be possible from September. Services will be shorter than usual, so less time to hold on!
Q Where can I read about what St Paul’s is doing to make sure the church is covid-secure?
A You can read our Opening the Church for Public Worship Policy here and our Risk Assessment will be available soon too.
Q All the changes and restrictions sound dreadful. Why should I come?
A The changes we are making are necessary to keep people safe, and are based on government and national church guidance. It’s important to remember that the important things remain the same: God is God, he makes Jesus present to us in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, and his grace is sure.
We need your help!
For services to resume we need some volunteers:
Sidesmen: Could you join the sidesmen (welcoming) team for a temporary basis? This would involve being on a rota to help with welcoming, seating, and little bit of cleaning at one or two Sunday services on a regular basis. We’d provide some training, at you’ll get a guaranteed seat! Please contact Michael Laurie at firstname.lastname@example.org
PowerPoint operators: The texts for all services will be on the screen, which means we need people on a rota to operate the PowerPoint. You’ll get a guaranteed seat (with your household) at the front of church! Please contact Fr Daniel at email@example.com
Live-streaming: We hope to live-stream one Sunday service every week from September. If you have expertise and/or equipment which would enable us to do this, please contact Fr Calum at firstname.lastname@example.org
Donate: Our income remains extremely low while we are unable to hire out the church hall. However, our expenditure is increasing dramatically as we begin to open the church for prayer and worship, including bringing back staff which have been on furlough. Please support St Paul’s by setting up a standing order here or making a one-off donation.
Baptisms to be celebrated from 25 July
Baptisms (Christenings) will now take place on Saturdays, normally at 2pm, starting from 25 July. To book a baptism for your child please email email@example.com
The government has set the maximum number of people permitted at a baptism to 30 (to include officiating minister), and social distancing between households must be observed. We will only be able to baptise one child (or multiple children from the same household) at each service. We will need you to submit the names and contact details of all your guests in advance of the baptism.
Photography (including video) will be permitted during the service while numbers are restricted. You are welcome to live-stream or record the service for those unable to be present, but please note that this is your responsibility, and that the church currently does not have Wi-Fi internet access.
Baptism preparation sessions for parents will take place by Zoom. Parents must have attended a baptism preparation session before their child’s baptism. A session will be held on Saturday 18 July at 10am. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
Church of England guidance on baptisms can be read here and our own policy here.
ORDERS OF SERVICE FOR SUNDAY SERVICES
To reduce the risk of infection, texts for all our services will be displayed on the screen for the foreseeable future. If you have been allocated a ticket in the choir stalls, or you are partially sighted, you will need to download an order of service to bring with you either on a tablet or other device, or printed out.
Below is both the PowerPoint presentation for each service (suitable for an electronic device), and the fuller celebrant's book containing all the texts, which is more suitable for printing.
Worshipping at Home
Download and print this order of service, which is designed to worship at home.
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