Welcome to St Laurence, Meriden
To see what is happening soon,
please view the ‘Church Services’ page.
January Lock-down – services suspended
Following the recent Covid 19 restrictions, advice has been taken from the Church of England, the Diocese of Coventry and the Area Dean about whether we continue to have services at St Laurence. The standing committee has decided not to have services at St Laurence during January. The PCC will meet before the end of January to decide what will happen in February. While this is not what we would have wanted we need to make sure that we are doing all that we can to stay safe.
During the time that St Laurence is closed we will be providing links to services at St Nicholas, Kenilworth, and Coventry Cathedral on our website and Facebook pages.
Please see the ‘Church Services’ page for details of on-line and telephone services.
We also hope to host some Zoom events for Meriden so that we can keep in touch with one another.
During the Covid-19 crisis, when attending a church service, special arrangements must be made
and the rules below must be followed.
Attending worship at St Laurence
Before you arrive:
We ask you to consider your own risk of attending an indoor gathering. While we will be taking a number of steps to keep you safe, we cannot make this risk-free. You might want to look at the NHS guidance on whether you are at higher risk of coronavirus and be guided by their advice.
We ask you NOT to attend the service if you have:
- A new cough
- A temperature
- Lost your sense of smell or taste
You are welcome to wear a mask/face covering. Please remember that face coverings protect others from your germs – they are not very good at protecting you from other people’s germs. They are not a replacement for good social distancing, and hand hygiene.
When you arrive
The doors will open 20 minutes before the service. Before that you will need to wait outside the church, keeping your distance from other groups.
We will let people into the building in households/bubbles. You will be asked to sanitize your hands on arrival, then go immediately to a seat in church. The next household/bubble can then be let in.
Places in the pews have been identified and marked with a contact form. We ask you to go straight to a seat and remain there for the duration of the service.
The main door may be open to allow some ventilation so you may notice it is a little cooler than you expect.
During the Service
Due to risk of aerosol spread, there will be no singing during the service.
We ask that when you are saying the responses that you speak quietly and prayerfully – again to reduce risk of droplet spread.
At the end of the service
Please complete the contact card and leave it in the pew.
After the priest has processed out, please leave one row at a time, starting with those in the side aisles and then starting at the back of the church and working forwards.
Please take any orders of service home with you.
Please do not stop to chat while leaving the building. Once out of the building you are welcome to talk in small groups of not more than 6 in the churchyard. Please do not block other people’s exit from the building. Please remember to stay 2m apart from people from other households/bubbles.
If you test positive for coronavirus up to three weeks after the service, please let us know.
At St. Laurence Church, our mission is to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ in all that we are and in all that we do. We are a small, welcoming church family of varying ages and backgrounds, committed to worshipping God, helping one another grow as disciples and serving our community.
St Laurence’s is an Anglican Church in the Diocese of Coventry. It is a Norman church founded on what is thought to be the site of an earlier Saxon church founded by Lady Godiva: people have worshipped God in this place for almost 1000 years. Perhaps it is because of these centuries of prayer, but many who visit our church fall in love with its peaceful and prayerful atmosphere.
Here at St Laurence we take your well-being seriously.
The PCC of St Laurence has have adopted the Coventry Diocese Safeguarding policy on 13th May 2019 which can be viewed via the following link: Safeguarding Policy
Should you have any safeguarding concerns please contact our Safeguarding Officer via the following link Safeguarding