Following the government’s lifting of restrictions and the publication of updated guidance from The Church of England, we have considered carefully next steps at Birmingham Cathedral and sought to find an appropriate and safe balance for this next phase.

Health: Please do not attend if you are unwell or you or a member of your household has Covid symptoms; has tested positive; or has been asked to self-isolate.

Face coverings: Masks are warmly recommended for services and when visiting the cathedral unless you are exempt, although these are no longer required by law, as part of our care for one another.

Arriving and leaving:The cathedral will be opened 20 minutes before services and closed soon after the end of services for cleaning. Please sanitise your hands on the way in and move away from the main doors after the service so others can leave safely.

Services with full social distancing: The following services will continue to have full social distancing arrangements in place (arrangements for seating for Choral Evensong will be reviewed and advertised in September when the new choir term begins)

Sunday 0900 Holy Communion – in the cathedral; tickets are no longer required for this service

Monday 0740 Morning Prayer – in the cathedral and online (0840 on Bank Holidays)

0800 Holy Communion – in the cathedral (0900 on Bank Holidays)

Tuesday 0740 Morning Prayer – in the cathedral and online

0800 Holy Communion – in the cathedral

Wednesday 0740 Morning Prayer – in the cathedral and online

0800 Holy Communion – in the cathedral

1310 Holy Communion in traditional language – in the cathedral

Thursday 0740 Morning Prayer – in the cathedral and online

0800 Holy Communion – in the cathedral

Friday 0740 Morning Prayer – in the cathedral and online

0800 Holy Communion – in the cathedral

Saturday 0840 Morning Prayer – in the cathedral and online

0900 Holy Communion – in the cathedral

1100 Sunday Communion in the Cathedral: Over the summer whilst the choir is on holiday, the main Sunday service is Communion in the Cathedral – a said Eucharist which will include two hymns (see below), an organ meditation or recorded choir anthem, and short sermon. This service is bookable via #BookaSeat.

Livestream: Please note that this service will be livestreamed and your attendance indicates your consent to this (please see below for a fuller note about livestreamed services).

Seating: Seating at this service will include a number of complete rows towards the front of the cathedral so those who wish to sit together in larger groups can do so, but with 2m between each row so there is no-one sitting immediately behind; the ticketing system will ensure reduced numbers in the building so not every seat will be filled. There will also be several pairs of chairs towards the back of the cathedral, plus a small number of seats in the side aisles, for those who wish to maintain social distancing individually or as a household.

Tickets: The 1100 Sunday service will continue to be ticketed. If you arrive on the day without a ticket and there is room up to our capped capacity (which is less than the number of chairs to allow for gaps), you will be welcome, but you are strongly advised to book.

Singing:Congregational singing will be introduced very slowly at the 11am Sunday Eucharist, beginning with just two hymns through the summer at the Offertory and before the final Blessing.

The Peace: For the time being, the invitation to share the Peace will continue to be omitted from our services and you are requested kindly to remain in your place at this point.

Communion: Communion will be distributed in one kind – the bread only, given to the hand. The clergy distributing Communion will continue to wear face coverings. Please come forward when invited by the Verger for Communion or a blessing; hand sanitiser will be available for your use in the north and south aisles or you may prefer to bring your own.

Refreshments: We are not yet at a point of resuming refreshments after the 11am Sunday Eucharist.

Contact tracing: We are no longer required to take details for contact tracing purposes but there will continue to be an option to scan the NHS Track and Trace QR code or to sign in manually. For ticketed services, contact details will be held for 21 days as before and then destroyed.

Giving: No collection will be taken during services, and giving continues to be invited using the contactless donation machines in the building or online.

Livestream: We shall continue to livestream a number of services through the week including the 11am Sunday Eucharist; Morning Prayer Mondays – Saturdays; and Choral Evensong in choir termtime (this will resume in September), plus special services which will be advertised in advance. Please note that your attendance at one of these services indicates your consent to this and speak to the Verger on duty if you have any concerns. There are a number of services throughout the week which are not streamed for those for whom this is important.

Visiting Birmingham Cathedral: From Monday 26 July, midweek opening hours for the cathedral will increase to 10am – 2pm Mondays – Saturdays for those who want to visit or to pray. Chairs will be available for those who wish to sit and it will continue to be possible to light a candle.

If you need to contact someone with a safeguarding concern, please visit our safeguarding page or contact our Cathedral Safeguarding Officer, Steph Haynes on 07717 205215 our Deputy Safeguarding Officer, Anna Pitt on 07769 216890. If you have an urgent concern for the safety of yourself or someone else, please call 999.