COVID-19 update

Last updated: 23rd December 2021

The situation may change at any time, so please keep checking back here for the latest information.


Masks are now a legal requirement in public buildings, including churches, unless you are exempt.

Please use the hand gel provided on entering and leaving our church buildings.


Our church buildings can accommodate funeral, wedding and baptism services, subject to risk assessment and following the guidelines for opening churches for public worship.   If you have any questions about funerals, weddings or baptisms please contact Rev Ted on 01299 890 100 or by e-mail at office@4rivers.church.


Booking is no longer required to attend Sunday Worship, except for wedding couples who we continue to ask to book to ensure there is a space allocated for them in a Sunday service.

Alternate pews will be kept free during all services. This will limit capacity at some churches for popular services.

The maximum capacity of churches is now limited only by the number of seats, with the exception of Communion Services where alternate pews will be kept free to allow the priest access to distribute the sacrament.   For non-Communion services, you can sit anywhere you like in the Nave.   There is a tiny possibility, in the smaller churches, that you could arrive and find the church is at capacity and you cannot get into the service; this situation will be monitored over the next weeks to see if it is a problem.

For those of you who remain cautious about distancing, it is recommended that you attend worship in the larger of the church buildings (Great Witley, Abberley St Mary and Lindridge).

For the safety of everyone, we ask that you continue to wear a face-covering in church buildings if you are able to.

You are requested to maintain whatever social distancing you can to keep one another safe and be sensitive to those who would prefer to keep distancing.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 you are advised to attend worship in the larger of the church buildings (Great Witley, Abberley St Mary and Lindridge) where it will be easier to maintain distancing.


Decisions about whether to open a church (or not) are made by Rev Ted and the responsible PCC after a thorough risk assessment has been made and sustainable plans are in place to ensure the safety of everyone.

You can find the guidance issued by the Church of England here: www.churchofengland.org/resources/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches