With effect from Monday 15 June, all HelpCentres in England and Northern Ireland, and Wales from Monday 22 June, will be accessible for private prayers at the following times:
Monday to Friday – 7am to 5.30pm
Saturdays – 1pm to 5pm
Sundays – 12pm to 5pm
Government guidelines define private prayer as taking place when an individual or a household enters a place of worship to pray on their own, and does so on a socially distanced basis. For the time being communal prayer, even just with a pastor, is not permitted, and neither are any communal services of prayer.
Please, note: if you wish to pray privately at your local HelpCentre, you will need to adhere to strict procedures prior to entering the sanctuary. These are designed to protect you, and the volunteers and pastoral staff who are managing your access:
We recommend that you bring your own face mask to go for private prayers at your local HelpCentre. If you are unable to bring your own, this will be provided for you (while supplies last).
You must sanitise your hands before entering the HelpCentre, using the hand gel provided at the entrance of the premises.
You must observe social distancing rules and keep at least two metres away from all other people.
You must refrain from touching anyone or anything other than what is obviously essential while in the HelpCentre.
A limited number of people will be permitted into the main sanctuary for private prayers at any one time, so please respect your turn, the instructions you are given, all display signs and follow directions accordingly.
Especially at busy times, private prayers will be restricted to five minutes per person. Please consider others.
A meticulous cleaning and disinfection schedule are being followed in all HelpCentres to ensure premises are safe for daily private prayers.
Please note: the church is not yet allowed to open for services. However, you can continue to benefit from the daily services by connecting to us online. Check the platforms available and a full schedule of online services here.
For more general information, contact our 24-hour helpline on 020 7686 6000.