Welcome to St. Peter's Church
The church continues to be open for services on Wednesday at 9:30am and Sunday at both 8am and 10am services.
Covid 19 Information relating to Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals
Weddings – limited to 6 people [updated 06/01/2021] *
Baptisms – currently not permitted.
Funerals – limited to 30 people.
Please note: The Priest is excluded from these numbers
* 'Weddings can go ahead, but only with 6 people in attendance.
Government guidance recommends that: “Where possible, these should only take place in exceptional circumstances, for example, an urgent marriage where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery.”
If you would like to make a booking or enquiry with regards to any of these life events, or for reading of Banns of Marriage, please phone the Parish Office on 01252 331161, or Fr. Keith on 01252 321517. For weddings and baptisms an appointment will be made for you to come and see us – usually on Wednesday evenings between 6.00-7.00pm.
Covid Safety - when the church is permitted to be open
The following procedures we will be in place for all of our services for the foreseeable future, following the advice from the government and the Church of England, for your health and safety:
Social distancing and Public Health requirements must be met. The two-metre distancing ‘rule’ applies for public worship. The maximum number that we will be able to accommodate in church will be 40. In St Peter’s Centre the number will be 15. To preserve social distancing in church, you will be shown to your seat by a Steward. Face coverings are to be worn.
Certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including people who are aged over 70 or have underlying health conditions are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household. They should carefully consider the risks associated with indoor gatherings and decide, accordingly, whether to attend public worship at this time.
Everyone will have to use the hand sanitiser provided on entry and exit from the building. Also, we will be requesting the names of attendees, and these details will be kept for 21 days to assist NHS Track and Trace if required. It is essential that people do not gather on the church path, at the doorway or in the porch.
Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend church due to the risk they pose to others. They should self-isolate at home.
To minimise the risk of transmission a disposable service sheet will be provide rather than the usual booklets. Singing will not form part of our worship. There will be no ‘passing the peace’. Holy Communion will be in the form of the bread only (except for the celebrant) and hands should be sanitised before receiving. Kneeling at the rail is not permitted. Only the celebrant will prepare the altar and touch the vessels. There can be no servers or Communion Assistants at present.
The service will be much shorter than usual. On Sundays the ‘sermon’ will be printed on the pew sheet. After the service, sadly, we will be unable to have our usual coffee time together. Also, people must not stay and chat inside the building. Outside, in the churchyard and in the car park, social distancing rules will still apply.
In an emergency, the disabled toilet in St Peter’s Centre will be available. The other toilets are out of use.
The pandemic is far from over and we need to stay alert to save lives! I hope that you will still be able to enjoy worshipping God at St Peter’s.
Telephone: 01252 331161
(Answer phone message can be left when office is closed.)
Address: St Peter's Centre, Ash Church Road, Ash, Surrey, GU12 6LU
The parish office is open from 9:30 - 11:30 Monday to Friday.
Church Opening Times:
In addition to the regular services the church is open on the first, second and third Saturdays each month from 9:30-11 and the second and fourth Sundays 2:30—4pm .During these times there is an opportunity for prayer and reflection or coffee/tea and chat—just drop in!