COVID-19: It’s all a bit different, but the church is alive!

Our response to Coronavirus

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Church Gathered, Church Dispersed

Our Sunday Worship is currently in two parts:

Part A: Church Gathered

Centred on our church building, we’re gathering for two short services with a focus on being in God’s presence, reading his written Word and hearing a talk or sermon.

Come at

  • 9am (for a more structured, liturgical service), or
  • 11am (for a more informal service), or
  • Watch the live stream of either service on our YouTube

Children’s groups meet in the hall alongside the 11am service. E-mail for more information or book in by clicking the link below.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, you will need to book to attend one of these services. 

Part B: Church Dispersed

An essential second part of our Sunday worship is gathering in small groups to reflect on what we have heard, respond to it, pray and enjoy each other’s company.

We’re inviting you to gather in whatever way works for you, within the current government guidelines. For example, you could:

  • Meet in a group of up to 6 people, indoors or outdoors with social distancing
  • Meet up on Zoom, Google Meet or by telephone conferencing

We’re inviting you to form your own small groups for Part B: Church Dispersed in whatever way works for you. If you would like us to help you find a small group, or would like some help or support in forming a group, please contact the church office ( / 01489 578082)

We’ll be sending resources to help you reflect, respond and pray together via our weekly mailing. (If you’re not receiving our weekly e-mails, fill in the “Keep up to date” box below.)


Sunday worship

Attending St John’s Locks Heath

If you are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, or you have an underlying health condition and are shielding, you must not attend – please enjoy the live stream from home instead.

  • If you are over 70 years of age, you are at greater risk from COVID-19 (even if you are in good health). While it is your decision, we recommend (in line with government and Church of England advice) that you also enjoy the live stream from home.
  • When you book in, you will be asked to provide basic contact details. These details will only be passed to NHS Test & Trace if needed and won’t be used for any other purpose. You don’t have to provide these details if you don’t want to, and we will delete them after 3 weeks.
  • You should wear a face covering in the church
  • You will be asked to keep 2 meters away from everyone not in your household, inside and outside the church. Please do not interact with other households before or after the service and disperse promptly when the service is over.

Children and Youth

Children can have an activity sheet to work on in the main service

11am Children and young people meet with COVID Safe measures in place
Primary age children (4-10 year olds) meet in the Hall (access via Hall entrance)
Encounters (11-16 year olds) meet in the Grove Room (access via Hall entrance)
Places must be pre-booked.

E-mail for more information. 

What else are we doing?

Keeping in touch

We’re here if you want to keep up to speed on what’s happening, whether subscribing to our weekly email updates, our Facebook activity or to watch our services on YouTube

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Even though we are limited in how we can get together at present, we are always able to pray.  Centred around prayer, there are activites and creative ideas which we invite you to get involved with. You can get involved with these or view our list of current prayer points to help you as you pray.

You can find out more information about prayer at St John’s Locks Heath by clicking here.


Call 01489 665 885 for a recording of our Sunday reading and talk. It’s updated as soon as possible after live services. Standard rate call charges may apply – check with your phone provider.

You can also listen again to past sermons.

Help and support

Can we help? If you, or someone you know, is self-isolating, needs a helping hand or would just appreciate a friendly phone call from time to time, we’d love to help. Contact the church at or leave a message on 01489 578082.

Other resources from our friends and partners

From the Diocese of Portsmouth, daily prayer, and a weekly service led by the Bishop of Portsmouth, Christopher Foster. You can find out more here.

Prayer for the Day from the Church of England is available here.

‘Time to Pray’ app and podcast from the Church of England is available here.

From the BBC, the Daily Service is available here.

From the BBC, Sunday Worship is available here.


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