It’s a joy to gather together again. For those who are able to return things will be quite different, so we’ve put this guide together to give you a picture of what to expect.

Booking
Places are limited as we maintain a safe distance. Book (for yourself and members of your household) at www.stleonards.church or by calling the church office on 01392 286990.

Please only book yourself into one service in August initially to give as many as possible a chance to attend. You may want to keep your booking reserved email to remind you which service you have booked for! Priority on Thursday afternoons is for those who may be considered more vulnerable.

Am I well?
You must stay at home if you feel unwell or have any symptoms of Covid-19. If you are able to let the office know we can re-allocate your seat and pray for you too.

Getting to church — By car
The church car park is for those with a blue badge or church parking permit. The Deaf School car park no longer exists!

On Sunday evenings: Please park at County Hall if you can, EX2 4QD, it is a 7–10 minute walk to church and free for public use at weekends.

On Thursday afternoons: There are weekday parking restrictions in the streets around church so do park carefully! The County Hall car park is not  available during the week.

Getting to church — By bike
The bike racks are still in use by the foyer entrance. Please be careful to keep a safe 2m distance from those not in your own household as you lock your bike and join the queue for entry into the building, via the side path and door at the top of the path, not via the foyer entrance. (Think of the walk round as a warm down after your cycle!)

Arrival
Entrance to church is now through the door at the top of the side path. Please walk up the side path (unless mobility is a problem). It is very likely there will be a queue so check the forecast for rain! The path is clearly marked to help you keep a safe 2m distance.

As you come in use the hand sanitiser and give your name to the steward who will show you to your seat.

Face coverings
In order to minimise the risk of spreading infection, both the Government and Church of England strongly advise wearing a face covering in enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet. Please bring a face covering with you — wearing one is an expression of love for others, and may help others to feel safer coming to church.
Inside the building
Please keep 2m apart from those not in your household and to stick to your allocated seat. There is a one way system in operation.

Toilets
Toilets are available, accessed via the Tower Room at the back of church (one person at a time in the toilets). The toilet for the disabled is also available in the foyer. A steward will direct you.

The service
The shorter service will be a mix of prayers, Bible readings, music (we are unable to sing) and a sermon. Bible readings and song words will be on the screen not on service sheets. You may wish to bring a Bible and/or a pen and notebook with you.

Afterwards
We are unable to serve refreshments. Please remember to take all your belongings with you as you go and leave via the foyer at the back of church. Government guidance is to leave promptly and to limit interaction with anyone not in your household in order to minimise risk.

We have planned carefully to keep you safe and to comply with Government and Church of England guidelines. Stewards will be on hand to direct you.
Please be patient with us and bear with one another in love!
We pray this situation helps us look forward to the new creation gathering of Jesus’ people.