6pm Evening Prayer
10am Morning Worship
Sunday Worship at Home
Following the government and diocesan guidance, we are delighted to be able to open once again for services for those who are able to attend. We are starting an Evening Prayer service at 6pm from Sunday 2nd August and our Morning Worship Service at 10am from Sunday 6th September. We will also continue to provide online services, pre-recorded during August and livestreamed from church from September onwards. Because of the limited numbers that social distancing restrictions give it is vital to book a place for our in-person services. Book online above or if you find this difficult give us a call on 0208 404 1112. Tickets will be available to book from 9am on Monday until midnight on Friday.
Please note: Our first priority is the safety of our congregation, visitors, staff and volunteers and we have put measures in place to comply with current government and Church of England guidelines. Nonetheless, the risk of transmission of Covid-19 cannot be entirely eliminated and everyone present at the Sunday Service must work together to ensure as safe an environment as possible. We encourage you to make your own assessment of the risk and in deciding whether or not to attend, to make the best decision for your household, ‘social bubble’ and situation.
This short video will tell you what to expect when you come to a service at HTR at the moment:
Do I need a ticket?
The current regulations for public worship mean that we have limited numbers at each of our services. For this reason we do ask you to book a place in advance. If you have any problems with booking online do give us a call on 0208 404 1112. While you can turn up on the day, there is no guarantee of a space and you will have to wait and will only be admitted if we have space.
What should I expect?
Doors will open 15 minutes before the start of the service and we recommend you arrive during that 15 minute time slot. You may need to queue to get in and adhere to 2m distancing while you do so.
Once you enter the building you will be greeted and your attendance recorded. You will also be directed to use hand sanitiser or to wash your hands. Once you have done so, you will be directed to your seat. A one-way system will be in operation to reduce contact.
During the service you will be sat in socially distant seating unless in an authorised 'bubble'. Unfortunately we are currently unable to sing together as a church but we will be exploring ways to engage in music and worship as well as prayer, readings and reflection.
At the end of the service, you will be directed out of the church building in a staggered way to avoid everyone leaving at once.
What about masks?
The Prime Minister has announced plans to make face coverings mandatory for places of worship from 8th August. We are awaiting further guidance from the government and the Church of England to see how this will be implemented.
In the meantime, we strongly advise anyone who is coming to church to wear a face covering if at all possible. As you will be aware, face coverings mainly protect other people, and not primarily the wearer, from coronavirus, so they are a way for us to serve one another if we can. They are also not a replacement for the physical distancing and regular hand washing that we need to have in place.
Can I chat after the service?
Sadly we are not able to offer a social time at the end of the service as we usually do. You are, of course, welcome to organise to see others after the service has finished but you will need to do that once you have left the church premises.
What should I bring to the service?
Please feel free to bring a Bible as we are unable to give Bibles out at present. You may want to bring a bottle of water or something similar as refreshments are not available.
What about the toilets?
The toilets will be in use while the building is open. However, we need to limit the numbers using the toilets at any given time, so it will help us if you plan not to use the toilets while at church if at all possible!
What is happening with cleaning?
The church will be cleaned regularly during the week and any surfaces or items that might be touched will be sanitised as needed.
What should I do if I feel ill?
If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, or have a positive diagnosis, we do ask that you stay at home and don't come to the church building. There will be a service online every Sunday which you can take part in at home. Full details are available at htrichmond.org.uk/worshipathome
What about communion?
We will not be having a communion service during August, but we plan to run communion services regularly once the morning service opens in September. More details will follow on this.
What about prayer ministry?
We will not be offering prayer ministry in the usual way of inviting people to the front to be prayed for at present. However the Holy Spirit is still powerful and active and we would encourage you to respond to the work of the Spirit personally where you are seated.
What about Track and Trace?
We will be collecting a small amount of information from you when you book online to enable us to engage with the NHS Track and Trace system. This information will be stored for 21 days and then destroyed. Please see our privacy notice
for more information on this.
What about children and young people?
Children and young people are welcome at our Evening Prayer service at 6pm but they will need to stay with their parents/carers at all times. Children should be booked in via the online booking process. We are exploring how best to cater for our children and young people from September, and how their groups might restart, and further information will be available soon.