At last we have some encouraging news. In consultation with the UK Government, the Bishops of England and Wales have announced that from Monday 14th June, parish churches may reopen for private prayer. The celebration of public Mass is still, sorrowfully, not yet permitted.
In order for St Mary Magdalen's Church to reopen for prayer, we have been given guidance from Bishop Richard Moth about how this should be done safely.
To reopen St Mary Magdalen's we desperately need volunteers who will dedicate their time as marshalls or 'wardens' who oversee the safety of those who come inside the church to pray. We can only reopen the church if we have volunteers who will help us with their time.
The Diocese of Arundel and Brighton's Guidance for the reopening of parish churches can be read here.
If you would like to volunteer to enable us to open our church for prayer, please email the office at email@example.com or call Fr Ray on 01273 326793 to discuss what times of day you are available to help us to open the church and to discuss the necessary procedures the reopening of the church will entail.