Guidance for our congregation


Guidance for our congregation as we prepare to return to in-church worship

We have greatly missed the regular gathering of our community for Sunday worship and we are now very much looking forward to Sunday, 5 July we will be able to again welcome our gathered community for a celebration of the Eucharist!

We undertake this re-opening paying careful attention to public health guidance and mindful that we will need to implement appropriate measures to ensure the health and well-being of our congregation, of all who are serving in a voluntary capacity, and of our staff. This will necessarily mean that we must curtail some aspects of the normal relaxed and familiar feeling that we enjoy as part of our Sunday morning celebration. We are putting the following in guidance into place not to make things purposely difficult and uncomfortable, but for everyone’s benefit.

Before returning:

  1. We are all well aware of this message at this point, but we will repeat: if you have a fever or cough please stay at home. You are very welcome to continue to join us via our webcam!
  2. Please note that we will be limited to 70 people in the congregation. We do not anticipate that we will need to have a ‘pre-booking’ system at this time. If we find that the response to returning to in-church worship in the coming weeks exceeds the current social-distancing capacity limits we may need to introduce such a system. We thank you in advance for your patience. The current circumstances in which we find ourselves are new for us as well!

When you arrive:

  1. Entrance for the service will be via the southwest door. Doors will open from 10:30 am. If you arrive early please be mindful of social distancing while waiting.
  2. Upon arrival please use the hand sanitiser provided.
  3. Service sheets will be set out on the seats, rather than being distributed at the door. After you enter please take a seat directly, being mindful of social distancing while making your way to a seat.
  4. We are required to maintain a register of attendees for the purpose of contact tracing. Slips of paper will be available at each seat for your to record your name and a phone number. This information will be retained confidentially for 14 days and then will be destroyed.
  5. Please note that there will be no toilet facilities available.

During the service:

  1. We request that all who are able to do so wear a face covering when attending the service.
  2. If for any reason you need to leave the service early, please exit via the southwest door.
  3. If you find that you are feeling unwell and begin to display symptoms of Covid-19, and are with someone and able to make your way home safely please do so.
  4. If you find that you are feeling unwell and begin to display symptoms of Covid-19, but do not have anyone to assist you home, please go to the baptistery which is our isolation area. Disposable masks are provided there and you should put on a mask immediately, if you are not already wearing a face covering. A verger will then come to give you further direction and assistance.
  5. There will be no congregational singing for the time being.
  6. Please refrain from shaking hands at the sign of the peace. Smiles and verbal greetings at that point of the service are welcome!
  7. For hygiene reasons, communion will be in one kind only. Please remain seated until your row is directed by a verger to come forward to receive communion, and be mindful of social distancing while waiting. Come forward via the centre aisle and return to your seat via the side aisles.
  8. No collection plate will be passed during the service. A basket for a retiring collection will be available at the welcome desk near the southwest door. Additionally you may consider setting up a standing order for regular giving. If you would like to do this, please contact Susanne Reid, Cathedral Administrator, on susanne@christchurch.ie.
  9. We will be unable to extend hospitality following the service for the time being.
  10. Following the service please take your service sheet with you and leave via the southwest door. Leave your contact tracing form on your seat for collection by a verger or member of the clergy after the congregation has exited the building.
  11. Please be mindful of social distancing as you exit, and use the hand sanitiser provided.
  12. If you need to speak to any other member of the congregation, please do so outside. If you need to speak to a member of the clergy, please give your details to any member of our staff to pass on to us so that we can organise a time to ring you or to meet with you in a socially distanced setting. We will be happy to speak with you about any concerns you may have!

Here’s a short video prepared by the diocesan office as churches across our the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough prepare to return to in-church worship: