Breaking of bread (communion) and use of shared items
Communion is possible as long as you do not share the same bread and drink from the same receptacle, even when they are given out. There should be individual items and no contact between people. One option is to ask church members (households) to bring their own bread and wine/juice in suitable and closable containers.
Communal or shared items, such as bibles or song books should be avoided where possible; ideally with worshippers bringing their own if they can. Otherwise, these items should be quarantined for 48 hours afterwards. Using overhead projectors/screens or providing single use items, such as service or song sheets, is recommended.
For more information and guidance about opening up your church building check out our recent briefing paper ‘Coming out of Covid-19 – opening up church buildings for worship’