St Mary’s Church is serious in its responsibilities to help stop the spread of coronavirus and to support those affected. We’re regularly reviewing what we’re doing in line with the latest guidance from the Government, Public Health England and the Diocese of Leeds.

Please get in touch if you would like the Church to offer you what support we can during this time.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 then you must not attend a service at Whitkirk. Instead, self-isolate and get a PCR test.

Last updated March 2022.

What we’re doing

Our services

  • We are open for worship as usual, but we still have some guidelines we ask you to follow to help protect people.
  • Our Sunday Service at 10.00 am is live-streamed each week on our website, where you can also find all of our previous services, at Our special services are also live-streamed.
  • You can call us on 0113 467 6777 (charged at the usual rate) to listen to audio recordings of the past few weeks of our services.
  • You can listen to all our services on our podcast, by searching your favourite podcast directory for “St Mary’s Church, Whitkirk”.

Our buildings

  • Our church building is open for in-person worship every Sunday and Wednesday. Anyone is welcome to worship with us – we would love to see you.
  • The pews in the north aisle remain distanced to enable anyone who is classed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV), not fully vaccinated, or who would prefer to limit contact with others, to worship safely in person.
  • We have provided hand sanitiser by the door and have increased our cleaning of the building.
  • We’ve invested in better ways to stream services live from the church, bringing online and in-person back together. You can read more about this here.

Our community

  • Members of the Church community have shared thoughts on items of scripture, poetry and more in our ‘Midweek Musings’. You can find these on our YouTube playlist.
  • You can keep up with what we’re doing on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
  • Each week we’re making our notices available on our website, as well as by email newsletter.
  • We’re providing additional outreach and pastoral care to members of the community who need it.
  • We’ve put together a collection of prayers and resources to help you continue your worship.
  • The Church’s Coronavirus Management Team is meeting regularly to discuss matters, share updates and make decisions that do not need the approval of the full PCC.

What you can do

The best way you can help is to follow all official advice, and take personal responsibility for not spreading Coronavirus by staying at home and testing if you feel unwell, and by continuing to wear a face covering if you are able.

Please respect each other’s boundaries and personal space – we have an incredibly diverse congregation and everyone is free to choose for themselves how they want to approach the present situation. Whilst some people are ready to hug their friends and start gathering more closely, many others are still cautious and concerned for their health.

Don’t be offended if someone doesn’t want to shake your hand or wishes to maintain a distance away from other people.

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