Church of England Guidance for COVID-19

if you or someone you know needs pastoral support for example if self-isolating & need assistance at this time or for prayer requests, please contact us as follows:
Revd Marion de Quidt (Hook Rectory) 01256 763211
Revd Shona Hoad (Mattingley Rectory, Hound Green) 07871 740158


Government and Church of England Guidelines updated for December 2021

The Church of England is here for you during this difficult time. 

In the Whitewater Benefice we study Government detailed guidance when it is available and amend our advice as necessary. See which was updated on 27th January.

There will be information on the Calendar pages which will give details of whether services are in church or online and we will update our weekly notices/Calendar with details (the weekly notices can be downloaded from the home page of our website).

We ask that people attending any churches:

  • For the protection of others and yourself, please consider taking a Lateral Flow Test before coming to church
  • Do not attend if you or a member of your household are unwell (please join one of our services via Zoom instead)
  • Although there is now no legal need wear face coverings, you may want to consider doing especially if the church is full
  • Respect social distancing where possible
  • Avoid moving around during services, Holy Communion will be brought to you in your seat

we are encouraging these measures as it will help protect those in the wider community.  If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you may need to take additional precautions (and may wish to speak to one of the team).

1 We will be having a mix of services via Zoom and in Church - we will be keeping our 10am Sunday service via Zoom. See weekly notices for details.


2 Pastoral Visits:
  • when someone is self-isolating we will offer phone support.
  • If pastoral visiting is necessary – we will take rigorous action to maintain health and hygiene; we will maintain social distancing
3 Please use the contact number above to let us know your needs. OR please phone Marion on 01256 763211.
4 #LoveYourNeighbour is an scheme we have set up to be of help during these difficult times - if you need help, please contact us.  See the #LoveYourNeighbour page for details - but shopping, gardening, help with IT, walking the dog, or just being a friendly voice at the end of the phone. 
5 We encourage everyone to remember: hands - face - space - ventilation

Opening our Churches

We are planning to be able to open our churches for private prayer, as follows, but please check the online calendar or the weekly notices to confirm:

St John's Hook The lady Chapel is open daily for private prayer, from 8:30 - 18:00
Mattingley Church Open daily for private prayer, from 10:00 - 16:00
Rotherwich Church Open daily for private prayer, from 10:00 - 16:00

Please come to pray, and enjoy the peace and comfort of being in God’s house. Please keep praying as we prepare wisely and carefully. Thank you for all the loving kindness shown during the season of coronavirus. The guidance is continually being updated, so please look out for any instructions when you arrive.




Remembering those who have died

Useful resources

Each Sunday we are aiming to worship in a variety of ways, you may join us in church or you may join our service using Zoom from your computer, tablet or phone.  Our main 10am Service from Hook is shared via Zoom, if you would like to join check the details on the calendar entry for that service.

We have a Whatsapp prayer groups which you may like to join, contact us for details.

Time to pray presents everything you need for Prayer During the Day, with variations according to the day of the week and the season of the Church’s year.  Its is a free app you can download.

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind. When you dial in, Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury welcomes you. When you press 'star' there are a range of options.

A prayer for the Nation is a booklet for produced by the Church of England.  It has been suggested that we unite to pray at 6pm every day and to use these prayers. The Church of England also has further useful booklets which are available with some prayers you may wish to use at this time. I also have an excellent booklet from the Church of England that I would be delighted to post to you, called 'Everyday Faith'. Please do call me and ask for one (01256 763211). 

You can sign up for our weekly notices to be emailed to you. If your neighbour is not using this service, you might like to encourage them or to print the notices sheet out for them?  Weekly notices can also be downloaded from the home page.

Small groups are continuing to meet, if you would like to join one, the contacts are on the Midweek activities page, or contact me and I can put you in touch with one of the groups.

We are following Church of England recommendations - please check here for latest guidance and 

Marion de Quidt, Rector of Whitewater Benefice, from Church of England guidance

28th February 2021