All Saints’ Church, Renhold, Bedfordshire, England


Dear Friends,

 As you may know, the Government has now loosened the restriction on places of worship and has allowed for buildings to be open for personal prayer. A small group from the PCC has met and started planning for All Saints to be available to people, whilst keeping them as safe as we can.

Church will be open for private prayer only (no church services yet), initially on Wednesday andSunday afternoons from 2.00-4.00pm. We have decided against using a “booking system” to manage the flow of people; instead we are asking for people’s understanding of the social distancing measures that have been put in place to keep all visitors safe.

Initially we would like to give those who have recently been bereaved the first option to come into church for some moments of quiet, to say a prayer and perhaps light a candle; and from July 1st, we shall also be open for the use of the regular church members and wider public.

Entry at any one time will be limited to one family group or 3 individuals, with a steward being present to facilitate this.

The cloakroom facilities cannot be open, so please wash your hands before setting off and you will be asked to use the hand sanitiser at the entrance. You are welcome to bring face coverings, gloves etc. to use whilst in church although we will not be providing these at this time.

Parts of the church will be unavailable and cordoned off, but in addition to the main body of the church, there is the Prayer corner in the Reaper Chapel, and you may light a candle if you wish. The Chancel will be open, and Exit will be by the Priest's door - the little door near the altar - to minimise possible contact with other visitors.

Please be aware that the alcohol-based sanitiser gel we are required to use is flammable, so we ask that you rub the gel in thoroughly please and wait at least 5 minutes before lighting a candle!

 It would be helpful to know if you are likely to come to church this week, but not essential - we understand it may depend on how you feel on the day.

We hope that you will find this to be of value in these difficult times and we look forward to welcoming you to All Saints.

  With best regards

Ian and Jill

Rev Ian Smith - Vicar of All Saints' Church, Renhold    01234 772794

Jill Barrell - Lay Vice Chair   01234 870461