The Reopening of our Churches for Private Prayer
Our parish churches of St Peter (Seaview), St Helen (St Helens), St Mary the Virgin (Brading) and St John the Baptist (Yaverland) have now reopened for private prayer, and for anyone who is seeking peace and stability during these unsettling times.
St Peter's, St Helen's and St Mary's are now open every day from 11am to 5pm, and St John's on Saturdays and Sundays during the same times. However, when a service is due to be held in a church on a Sunday, it will be closed from the preceeding Thursday to ensure that the space is coronavirus free for the service. Please check our Service Calendar for the times and locations of our services.
Notices are on display at each church detailing the rules with which you must comply in order to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission, including making use of a hand sanitizer provided at the entrance and respecting the requirements of social distancing.
In line with current regulations, please put on a face mask on entering a church building and continue to wear it until you leave.
Some areas of the churches have been closed for the time being to provide secure places for our volunteers to carry out their duties and for ease of cleaning, and you are asked to please respect this by not crossing any barriers or opening gates or doors.
'One Way' systems are in operation at St Peter's and St Mary's, and at St Helen's you are asked to kindly wait outside if someone is praying until you are sure that they are comfortable with you entering.
You are also free to use the open spaces provided by St Peter's garden and St Helen's churchyard to meet and chat with friends or to sit for a picnic whilst observing social distancing.