Taken from this week's Pew Sheet

Hygiene and Holy Communion at St. Andrew’s, Totteridge

Updated 13/03/2020


Good Practice for Officiating Ministers & those receiving the wafer as Communion


Those who are feeling unwell should give serious consideration to two-weeks self-isolation for quarantine.



Given the ongoing concerns around winter 'flu and the outbreaks of Coronavirus (Covid 19) we have reasons to remind ourselves about good hygiene practice. This follows the latest guidelines issued by the Communications Officer of the Diocese of St. Albans:

The administration of Holy Communion has, for centuries, been considered hygienic and is of course a means of grace and healing. It is wise to follow best practice more recently laid down at times of winter 'flu and with the current concerns surrounding Coronavirus.


1 - Wash Hands. By far the best way to protect ourselves. Priests presiding at the Eucharist, communion administrators and servers are reminded to wash hands.


2 - Receiving Holy Communion in one kind. It is Anglican teaching that to receive the sacrament in one kind only (i.e. just the wafer) is to receive the sacrament in its entirety. The Officiant should always receive from the Chalice.


3 - The Peace. It has been decided to refrain from physical contact when sharing the Peace. Please continue to offer a sign of Peace with fellow congregants but please do not offer your hand. There are many ways we can share the Peace of Christ with each other, i.e. just by maintaining eye contact and nodding your head. Alternatively, we could adopt the lovely Hindu practice of “Namaste”, which involves placing your palms together and nodding the head. “Namaste” (pronounced Nama-stay) means “The divine in me bows to the divine in you”. There is also the practice of the deaf involving drawing, with both hands, a horizontal line in the air between you and the person you are sharing with, and then pointing directly at them.


4 - Visiting. Pastoral visitors to homes and hospitals should observe all precautions and best practise in personal hygiene before and after such visits.



So in summary, please note:


  • current advice on taking Holy Communion is precautionary. 

  • that the receiving of communion in one kind only, the wafer alone, is sufficient to receive a complete and valid Communion. 

  • the use of hand sanitiser is to be encouraged whenever meeting and greeting people. This is provided in the church porch and in the restroom.

  • These arrangements are being kept under active review.


For the latest health & safety information the following links are available & live on the Parish Website:








St. Andrew’s 2020 Lent Course Continues - Preparing for Easter - “The Long Road to Heaven” Based on the film “The Way” Venue: The Vicarage at 7pm on the following dates: Mon 16th March, Tues 24th March, & Tues 31st March.


The new Sound and Audio-Visual system installation continues and should be finished by Friday 20th March. The week beginning Mon 23rd March will see works to strengthen the church floor (beneath the carpet in front of the chancel steps). The old carpet will be retained until the church decoration is completed, and then replaced. The church is closed Mon-Fri ‘til Mon 30th March.


 ‘HoT’ Community Barbecue! – in the Orchard Car Park – Sunday 7th June 2020, 12-4pm Save the Date! Music, Bar, Great Food, Children’s Games, PIMMS tent. More details to follow. Entry is £15 per adult (over 16), and £5 per child – payable at the door.  


Donate an Easter Lily – Why not dedicate a lily in the Easter flower display in honour or memory of someone? For a donation of £5 per person, let us know who you would like honoured or remembered (as many as you like!), and their name will be added to a list to be displayed in church. You can, of course, give as much as you wish. Please give all donations to Dixie or Lindy.


Forthcoming St. Andrew’s 2020 Biennial Spring Art Show – Current plans are for this event to proceed and take place as advertised. Exhibition of works from parishioners, local artists and schools - The Totteridge Academy, Woodridge, All Saints’ Primary Whetstone & St. Andrew’s. Artists are invited to submit ideas for entry to the Vicar who, depending on space available, will be the final arbiter. We hope the Show will be opened by West End Art Dealer and Totteridge resident, David Mason OBE, prior to the Show’s opening on Thurs 26th March at 10 am. Remaining open until 6pm, and on Fri 27th March from 10am - 6pm, and on Sat 28th March from 10am - 4pm, churchgoers will also have the opportunity to view the exhibition after church on Sun 29th March until midday, when refreshments will be available. St. Andrew’s Parish Hall (behind the church) Totteridge Village, London N20 8PR. Entry is free & all are most welcome!

Volunteers needed please, to man 2-hour slots during the show – Sign up sheet in porch.


Revd. Christopher Huitson – Golden Anniversary of his Ordination.  On Sunday 24th May, the former Vicar of St. Andrew’s Totteridge will be presiding and preaching at Sherborne Abbey’s morning service (9.30) to mark the Golden Anniversary of his Ordination, which falls that day.  The parish is putting on a little party after the service for him, and Jennifer, his wife, has asked me to advise Totteridge friends that they’d be most welcome to attend the service and the party afterwards.

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