COVID 19 - Attending Church

The Government are now allowing limited attendance in church for individual prayer and regular services. 

This page sets out the plan to allow for this at St Margaret's

Attending Church Services

  • At St Margaret's up to 30 people will be able to attend Sunday services, at 10am, and 15 attend Wednesday services at 10am (Wednesdays are primarily for the 'clinically vulnerable' - see below).

  • Separate spaces have been made available in church for families, the 'vulnerable' and other worshippers.

  • Regular members of St Margaret's congregation, new members & visitors are all equally welcome.

  • If you wish to attend you must make a request by email to

  • You will need to supply a contact phone number along with the name of every member of your group (who must all be part of one household unit or 'bubble') and the age of anyone under 18 or over 70.  Please also supply details of any ‘clinically vulnerability’, mobility issues or other special needs.

  • We will then endeavour to 'book you in' to the next available service and send you details of the arrangements.

  • In line with Government guidance, we will keep your details (securely) for 21 days after your attendance to facilitate 'track and trace' if necessary.

Church ‘open’ for individual prayer on Thursday Afternoons.

  • Plastic chairs are being made available for individual prayer and will be cleaned between every use.

  • To enter church, you must pre-book a timed slot.

  • Bookings can be requested by email to

  • You will need to supply your name, contact phone number and whether you are in a ‘clinically vulnerable’ group (see below & please specify)  and whether you have any mobility issues.

  • You will be sent a booking confirmation with a 15 minute time slot for your individual prayer.

  • Please arrive at the South Door of church (Hall Park Avenue entrance) no more than five minutes before your time slot.

  • While waiting and throughout your visit remember to keep a 2m ‘social distance’ from others.

  • Follow the directions of the door stewards at all times.

  • When you enter the South porch use the hand sanitiser provided.

  • At the appointed time you will be directed down the South Aisle to a plastic chair near the front of church.

  • Do not touch any other surfaces (eg pews, tables altar rail, other seats) throughout your visit.

  • During your prayer time you must remain in your seat which cannot be moved.

  • At the end of your prayer time please leave by the route indicated by the steward.


Please note:

  • You cannot attend if you are in a ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ group (see below).

  • Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell) must not attend (they should self-isolate at home immediately with other members of their household).

  • If you take ill while in church, please leave immediately, informing the stewards if possible.

  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 within 72 hours of attending church, please inform us.

  • We may close church to visitors at any time.  If this happens, we will endeavour to contact everyone booked in to attend as soon as possible.

People at moderate risk (clinically vulnerable) include people who:

  •    are 70 or older

  •   are pregnant

  •   have a lung condition that's not severe (such as asthma, COPD, emphysema or bronchitis)

  •   have heart disease (such as heart failure)

  •   have diabetes

  •   have chronic kidney disease

  •   have liver disease (such as hepatitis)

  •   have a condition affecting the brain or nerves (such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple slerosis   or cerebral palsy)

  •   have a condition that means they have a high risk of getting infections

  •   are taking medicine that can affect the immune system (such as low doses of steroids)

  •   are very obese (a BMI of 40 or above)


People at high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable) include people who:


  •   have had an organ transplant

  •   are having chemotherapy or antibody treatment for cancer, including immunotherapy

  •   are having an intense course of radiotherapy (radical radiotherapy) for lung cancer

  •   are having targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system (such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors)

  •   have blood or bone marrow cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)

  •   have had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant in the past 6 months, or are still taking immunosuppressant medicine

  •   have been told by a doctor they have a severe lung condition (such as cystic fibrosis, severe asthma or severe COPD)

  •   have a condition that means they have a very high risk of getting infections (such as SCID or sickle cell)

  •   are taking medicine that makes them much more likely to get infections (such as high doses of steroids or immunosuppressant medicine)

  •   have a serious heart condition and are pregnant




St Margaret's Church

Church Ln, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5LA, UK

0113 258 1719