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St Michael’s Church, Valley is due to reopen

After discussion with Archdeacon Andy Herrick, it has been agreed to reopen St Michael’s Church, Valley on Sunday 2nd, May 2021 for a service at 11.15 hours. Bill Rogerson has provided the details below. If you have any questions about the below, or aren't sure how to reach Bill, please let me know and I'll be happy to help.

As we take a step forward in our roadmap to some sort of normality in the world, I am pleased to announce the reopening of St Michael’s Church, Valley.

After discussion with Archdeacon Andy Herrick we shall be holding our first service on Sunday 2nd May at 11.15 am and then on the following Sundays, Sunday, 16th, May, Sunday 6th, June and Sunday 20th, June. Further dates are to be arranged.

It is possible to seat 17 individuals or households. The exact number will vary a little depending on the number of households and the numbers of people within them. But we feel that we can begin to safely hold services at St Michael’s once again.


BUT WE ARE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS AT THE MOMENT. Although some of us have received the first or both doses of the vaccine, we must remember that the deadly Coronavirus is still with us and we cannot be complacent.

Therefore, we are asked to continue to behave responsibly and remember HANDS, FACE SPACE AND FRESH AIR.

The Archdeacon has asked us to abide by the following rules, which have been laid down for our own safety.


Please take these guidelines and regulations very seriously so that we can hold services safely:

You will need to book a place via Bill Rogerson by phone.

2m social distancing must be maintained at all times.

Face masks must be worn (Unless exempt on medical grounds) – and in place before you arrive at the door. Bring a mask with you. If you forget there will be a limited supply at the back of church.

Hands must be sanitized on the way into church and on the way out.

You will be directed to a seat and you will stay there until the end of the service. You will sit alone or in a household. You will not be able to sit with friends or even in your “usual seat”.

Do not mingle or stand and chat.

At the end of the service you will leave in reverse order. Please don’t gather in groups around the door or in the churchyard but move away as quickly as possible.

Service books and leaflets are to be left in your seat, not returned to the back of church.

Communion will be brought to you in your seat rather than coming out to the communion rail.

If you feel that you can’t abide by these instructions or don’t wish to, please stay at home to keep others safe. If these guidelines are broken worship will have to be suspended again until after the pandemic.

In addition to the guidelines laid down above the Vestry, centre, toilets and kitchen will be out of use.

Unfortunately, nobody knows how long the situation will go on for and it could be some considerable time before we get back to some sort of normality.


Thanking you in anticipation of your kind and valued cooperation and patience during these difficult times.

May God Bless you.

Yours sincerely,



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