News Updates

Updates regarding Coronavirus COVID-19

As the Church buildings are currently locked due to the advice from the Government and the Church of England, we will be live streaming a Service each Sunday at 10.30am using the ZOOM App. (Please see the Home Page for details).

The buildings of St James Church and Cross House are now locked in accordance with the instructions from the Government and the Church of England.

St James Information and guidance taken from advice from Church of England

In light of the Government and Church of England advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), St James, Bramley is providing the following information and advice.  Whilst this information is accurate at the time of printing, advice is constantly being updated by the Government and the Church of England, so you should check for the latest advice using the link below, which can also be typed into a computer web browser like Windows Explorer, Google Chrome on a PC, or Safari on an Apple Mac.

Once Churches are allowed to reopen, we will be following the guidelines below.

The best advice is to ensure that good hygiene practices are followed, so that we keep to a minimum any direct physical contact such as handshakes, hugs, etc., with other people (currently being referred to as ‘Social Distancing’).

Good Hygiene

The best way to protect ourselves and others from the spread of the virus is for everyone to use universal good hygiene – which means everyone, all the time, as that will effectively disrupt the spread of the virus.

So, once the Church reopens, upon entering the Church or Cross House it is important to wash your hands.

  • In Cross House, this will mean using the toilets when first entering to wash your hands for 20 seconds and dry them with paper hand towels.
  • At the Church, it means using hand gel on entering. However,  we encourage you to bring your own hand gel as we are struggling to buy it.  Hand gel must have a greater than 60% alcohol content.  (Most hand gels have Ethanol listed in the ingredients which is an alcohol).
  • Anyone handing out service sheets, this leaflet, and Church Family News, etc., will be regularly using hand gel.

We should all follow the NHS guidelines for preventing the spread of germs:

  • Catch it– sneeze or cough into a tissue.
  • Bin it– bin the tissue.
  • Kill it– wash your hands.
  • Do not touch your face unless you’ve washed your hands. 

Avoid Physical Contact

Wherever possible, we should avoid direct physical contact with one another.  That means no handshaking and just verbal greetings, including when sharing the Peace in a Communion service.  Try, where possible, to keep a little distance between each other (obviously this doesn’t apply to families).  All our handouts, including this information sheet, are now single use.  For the present, hymn books and prayer books will no longer be issued at the door, so as to prevent cross contamination, and Bibles will not be left in the pews.  Words of the liturgy will be provided on service orders in the Church, or on the projector screen in Cross House.

If you are ill or have chosen to isolate yourself

If you are feeling unwell, please do not come to church, but do let us know so that we can pray for you and arrange whatever pastoral care we can.  Contact either the Minister, John Lenton (880570); one of the Church wardens, Sarah Hodnett (880477) or Malcolm Knowles (880712); or the Parish Administrator, Steve Day (07341 552732).


We are in the process of completing a Coronavirus Parish Continuity Plan which will be monitored over time.  We are working closely with our colleagues at Sherfield to make sure we all follow the best practice possible.