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St George’s Church, Waterlooville: News and Announcements


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You are welcome to attend our services.
The 10am Sunday service is live-streamed on our YouTube channel on the first Sunday of the month. The Church is now open to visitors.
Morning and Evening Prayer is said most days and you are welcome to attend.

 ‘live stream’ resources are on the menu to the left - here you will find all you need in one place, including links to live streaming video of St George’s Services, including the Sunday 10am Eucharist, Readings and Service Sheets,  links for services from Portsmouth Cathedral, and other recommended resources.

24th July 2022
Sunday Bulletin, 26th June

The Bulletin and Reading Sheet for Sunday 26th June are now available to download, read and print out at the "at home resources" page of the church website. Go HERE.

Please see below for some more information on the Anna Chaplaincy (a brief version is also in the bulletin this week).

Bishop Jonathan’s vision is for a Church where all can find a life-enhancing encounter with Jesus, old and young. He’d like to see a network of Anna Chaplains working with the elderly, in every parish and benefice in our diocese. Anna Chaplains are named after the widow who recognised the infant Jesus as the Messiah, and offer spiritual care to older people in care homes and the community. You can find out more on portsmouth.anglican.org/anna, and at the below mentioned information session.

Wednesday 29th June, 2pm to 4pm, St Mary’s Church, Fratton

 Our diocese already has two Anna Chaplains appointed – one on the Isle of Wight and one on the mainland. St Mary’s Church, Portchester, is now seeking to appoint its Anna Chaplain to be part of this emerging network. Could you fulfil this role, or do you know others who could do so? Find out full details here.

Ordination of Liz Quinn - Our new curate, Liz Quinn, is being ordained at Portsmouth Cathedral on Saturday 2nd July at 11am. There are a limited number of spaces so if anyone would like to attend, please let Fr Colin know on Sunday.

Best wishes,
Parish Administrator

18th July 2021
Updated Guidance from 19th July - COVID 19
(we are keeping this guidance in place for the moment as much of it remains sensible, even though all restrictions are now lifted)

From July 19th much of what had previously been considered mandatory will become a matter of personal choice, although it is important that we move forward with caution and courtesy for the foreseeable future.

The legal responsibility for making decisions about how to proceed lies with me, as the incumbent. This includes acts of worship, events run by the PCC or church community, and to decisions on whether to hire out spaces or allow other events to proceed. However, what follows has been agreed with the Church Wardens, shared with the clergy who assist at St George’s, and will be discussed by the PCC at our meeting on Wednesday 21st July. For this reason, some of the measures that will be relaxed, such as the possibility of receiving communion in both kinds, and singing in church, will apply from Sunday 25 July, and not before (with the exception of the World Day of Prayer service on Friday 23rd July, where singing will be allowed).

What follows will be subject to a thorough revision of our risk assessment.

The context at St George’s

St George’s is a large, spacious church which can be kept well ventilated. At present two of the large windows are opened well in advance of public worship, as are the main doors to the church. Windows are left open throughout the day to ensure that the building is kept well ventilated for private prayer. From Monday the 19th July the number of windows to be left open for public worship will be increased to four.

The majority of the regular congregation have been double vaccinated. This ensures a high level of protection, whilst it is recognised that it does not offer 100% immunity or possibility of transmission.

In what follows we are mindful of the context outlined above.

From Monday 19th July

As is currently the case, please do not come to church if you feel unwell, even if the symptoms are not specifically Covid related. It is important that we are always mindful of the need to protect each other. If you are unwell, please let us know.

It will no longer be necessary to book to come to a service. For those who wish to, you may continue to scan the QR code at the entrance to the church, using the NHS Covid- 19 App on your mobile phone, but this is not mandatory.

Whilst hand sanitising is not mandatory, it is strongly advised. For this reason, the sanitising stations will remain in place.

You are not obliged to wear a face covering*. Whilst we will be in an enclosed space, it is a large space that is well ventilated. However, there will be some who wish to continue to wear a face covering. For my part I will do so when I am in close proximity to others, for example when administering Holy Communion. We all need to do what we feel is appropriate, whilst exercising caution and courtesy.

Social distancing is no longer a legal requirement. However, there may be some people who feel uncomfortable at being near others at this time. To mitigate for this there will be printed cards available at the entrance to the church for people to place next to them where they are seated, asking others to kindly leave a space. We will also designate an area of the church for people who wish to remain socially distant. This may mean that members of the congregation might not be able to sit in their ‘usual place’. The important thing is that we all exercise courtesy during these difficult times.

There is no longer the need to sit in pews either with or without a ‘X’, except for at the 8AM Sunday Eucharist (see below).

We will not physically share the peace with others, continuing with the practice that we have been accustomed to during the pandemic.

When leaving Church please leave your books on the pews and leave promptly. If you wish to chat, please wait until you are outside in the fresh air.

For the time being, to ensure we remain in a well-ventilated space, Morning and Evening Prayer will be prayed in the main body of the church as has been the current practice. This will be kept under constant review and in due course we will return to the Lady Chapel.

Communion is now allowed in both kinds. However, it is understandable that some may only wish to continue to receive in one kind only. This is a matter of personal choice. Intinction (dipping the host in the wine) is expressly forbidden as it poses a potential risk to others should fingers or hands come into contact with the consecrated wine.

As before the pandemic, please come to the altar rail, after the servers and choir have received communion, but please leave a space between yourself and the person next to you.


From Monday 19th we will see the life of our worshipping community return much more to normality.

However, we need to continue to be mindful that the Covid virus is still present, and we need to take personal responsibility to mitigate any potential risk by taking care of ourselves and others. It is inevitable that everything outlined above will need to be kept under constant review.

With assurance of continued prayers,

Fr Colin (Incumbent)
Chris Gadd (Church Warden)
Rosy Stone (Church Warden)

Join the St George’s Church Waterlooville Mailing List - HERE

St George’s YouTube Channel for our Eucharist services - HERE

‘At Home Resources’ page: all you need, in one place  - HERE

Download & Print the Mission Action Plan: Growing a Healthy Church - HERE

View the latest APCM report - HERE

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