Re-Opening of Churches For Private Prayer

Updated: 30th June 2020

St. Mary’s, Barnstaple
St. Mary’s will be open for private prayer at the following times this week:

  • Wednesday - 10 am until 12 noon 

  • Friday - 10 am until 12 noon

  • Saturday - 10 am until 12 noon

Sacred Heart, Bideford

The Sacred Heart will be open for private prayer at the following times this week:

  • Thusday - 10 am until 12 noon

Please note that the following procedures have had to be put in place:

  • Stewards will be supervising entry and exit.

  • Due to social distancing rules, individuals not from the same household must keep at least two metres apart from each other.

  • Only a limited number of people can be allowed into the church at any one time. 

  • Hand sanitizers must be used as you enter and leave the church.

  • A one-way system will be in operation in the church.

  • The seats available for use whilst in church will be marked clearly.

  • The church doors (and possibly some windows) will be open to increase ventilation. 

  • The toilet facilities cannot be used.

  • The Repository will not be available. 

  • It will be possible to light a votive candle, but you must light your candle from one that is already lit. There will be no shared lighters or tapers available.

  • No communal worship, including communal recitation of the Rosary, is allowed. However, the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is allowed.


Volunteers Urgently Needed for The Re-Opening of Churches
In order to re-open any of our churches we need volunteers to help with stewarding and cleaning in order to provide a safe environment for those visiting. The more volunteers we have the more we will be able to do. Please note that over 70s who do not have serious underlying health issues can volunteer, but you must consider how vulnerable you are.