We are now meeting in person in the St Lawrence building again, as well as streaming that service live on Youtube. We are doing things differently from ‘normal’ to reduce the risk of Covid transmission. Occasionally we meet in the churchyard so that more people can come and everyone can sing.

Because of the Government’s Coronavirus advice for churches, services are different to what we’re used to at St Lawrence, but we’re grateful that we can still meet in person. Please read the information here so that you know what to expect.

Here are some of the features of the services:

Live-Streaming

We live-stream the services. You can find the link to that feed on stlm.uk/online as usual

Booking

There is now no need to book for a service – please just turn up.

If you have symptoms of Coronavirus

Do not come. If you’d like prayer, let us know.

Service Length

We’ll be aiming at:

  • 9:00am Morning Prayer or the Lord’s Supper, 55 minutes
  • 10:30am All-Age Service, 55 minutes
  • 10:30am Normal Service, 70 minutes

Please arrive to be seated at least 5 minutes before the service starts.

Safety before, during and after the service

We will be all wearing facemasks (except service leaders), and maintaining some distancing. You will have to stay in your pew throughout the service, except for toilet breaks.

We will be ventilating the church, so it may be cooler than you expect. Please wear warm clothes if it’s cold outside.

After the 10:30 service we will have refreshments in the Church Centre: please respect distancing and wear masks if you are not eating / drinking. If the weather is good enough, we encourage you to step outside to chat.

Getting In

Please enter the church by the old main entrance – the porch – this is on the South side of the building, nearest to Manor House / The George.

Use of Merton College Car Park is restricted by the Covid testing centre, but there are still places available. Once parked, you can now walk through the churchyard, but please do not try to enter through the Church Centre – go around the East end of the building and to the ‘old’ main door.

Children

We are very keen for children to be able to join in with what we do.
Our Sunday Club at the 10:30am service has restarted, and we are now welcoming children into the main building at the start of the service before they leave for Sunday Club after about 15 minutes.

  • We have checked Government regulations, made a risk assessment, and are seeking to comply with all guidelines to limit the spread of Coronavirus
  • We have new group names: Acorns (0-3s), Seedlings (3-6s), Saplings (7-10s), Oaks (10-14s)
  • At the end of the service, please go to pick up your child immediately after the warden asks your pew to move.
    Please go to whichever places are necessary for your children:
    • Saplings: from the coffee lounge
    • Seedlings: from the cottage room
    • Oaks: from upstairs
    • Please join us for outdoor singing and refreshments
  • Acorns (The Creche) will be open throughout the service

Please bring your own…

  • Water
  • Bible (or use an app)

If you can’t manage a pew, please let us know using the form below, we have some space that we can use flexibly.

Refreshments

We are serving refreshments in the Church Centre after the 10:30am service (see above)

Giving

For safety reasons it is best to give electronically – please see our giving page. We will have a giving box available in the building for envelope / cash giving.

Test and Trace

At the service you can scan a QR code for the Governments Covid tracing app.

Please read this Government Advice

  • Worshippers should limit their interactions with anyone they are not attending with, i.e. wherever possible they should try not to engage in conversation with anyone outside of the group they are attending with.
  • Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell) should not attend due to the risk that they pose to others; they should self-isolate at home immediately with other members of their household. Remote participation should be considered by live streaming.
  • Where individuals are self-isolating due to a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the household, or because they have been requested to so by NHS Test & Trace, they should participate remotely.
  • Certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including people who are aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions. Individuals who fall within this group 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.
  • Shielded patients are currently advised not to meet more than one person from outside of their own household, and therefore not currently advised to attend services, but participate remotely.