Services in Church Buildings

We are due to reopen our church buildings for services from Sunday 6th December. The current schedule of services is given below, although this remains subject to change should there be changes in the relevant guidance or legislation.

We need to restrict numbers at all our services to ensure that two-metre social-distancing guidance can be followed. To assist us with this, you are asked to register in advance of attending some of our services, as detailed below.

Details of the measures we have taken to ensure COVID-Secure environments in all our church buildings are described below, as well as the steps we need to ask you to take in order to help keep everyone safe.

St Cuthbert’s Church, Thetford

Please register in advance of attending by ‘phoning Sandra Phillips (01842 752866) for Sunday services:

Sunday 6 December 10.30 a.m. Morning Worship
Sunday 13 December 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
Sunday 20 December 10.30 a.m. Morning Worship
Sunday 27 December 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
Sunday 3 January 10.30 a.m. Morning Worship

We also have two special Christmas services coming up:

Christmas Eve 9 p.m. Christmas Eve Communion
Christmas Day 10.30 a.m. All-Age Celebration (followed by a short service of Holy Communion)

Please register online in advance of attending either of these services. Please note that this year our carol service will be held online. See the Christmas page for details of St Cuthbert’s opening for carols, reflection and prayer during Advent.

Each Wednesday we hold a service of Holy Communion at 10.30 a.m. There is no need to book in advance to attend this service, although a record of those who attend each service will still be kept for the purposes of NHS ‘Test and Trace’, as described below.

Cloverfield Community Church

Services are every Sunday at 10.30 a.m. (except for Sunday 27 December, for which everyone is invited to join the united services at St Cuthbert’s or online). Please register in advance of attending via the Cloverfield Church website or by ‘phoning Jean and Peter Vale (01842 338923 or 07901 033572).

Grace Church

Unfortunately we are currently unable to hold Grace Church services in The Bishop’s School. We invite everyone from Grace Church to join us for our online services.

All Saints’ Church, Croxton

No registration is needed before attending.

Sunday 13 December 6.30 p.m. Lessons & Carols around the Village
Christmas Eve 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Celebration in the Churchyard

St Andrew’s Church, Kilverstone

Please contact Caroline Hughes (07748 081675 or caroline_hughes36@yahoo.com) to register to attend.

Sunday 13 December 3 p.m. Carol Service
Christmas Eve 9 p.m. Christmas Eve Communion

Keeping Everyone Safe from COVID-19

All necessary steps have been taken to ensure that our services are held in COVID-Secure environments, including hand-sanitising stations to be used as you enter and exit the building, clearly marked one-way systems, socially-distanced seating and records of attendees kept for 21 days in case of a request from NHS ‘Test and Trace’. You can view the full risk assessment for St Cuthbert’s if you wish.

We also need to ask you to observe the following to guidelines in order to help keep everyone safe:

  • Everyone attending is required to wear a face covering (unless you have an exemption);
  • Ensure you stay at least two metres away from other households (including whilst queuing to enter, should a queue form) and follow the one-way system where this is in operation;
  • Sanitise your hands on entering and on leaving the building;
  • Leave promptly at the end, without speaking socially with anyone outside the group you came with (i.e. anyone from your household and one other household group, as permitted by Government advice);
  • Monetary donations are encouraged online, rather than in cash, wherever possible.