To Protect Each Other - HANDS FACE SPACE

Wash hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water.
Use hand sanitiser where soap and water are not available.
Where possible wash hands before and after each activity.
Avoid touching surfaces unnecessarily.

If you can, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces.
Wash or sanitise hands before and after handling face covering.
Avoid touching your face or face covering.
Wash or replace face coverings regularly.

Keep 2 metres (6 feet) apart wherever possible.
Use other safety measures if not e.g. 1 metre separation with face covering.
Avoid crowded places.

Show consideration to others.
Not all people can wear a face covering or understand the COVID restrictions.
Some may have greater anxiety or be struggling with the situation.
Support one another.

Before you leave home ask yourself
" Do I have any Coronavirus symptoms ? "
a high temperature
a new, continuous cough
a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
If you do, please stay at home and get a test or get medical advice.

For further information see links below.
Please be aware that you may not have severe or indeed any of these symptoms but may still have Coronavirus, and that new variants mean the vaccine may not give full protection.
Protect others- Hands Face Space

Find out what level of restrictions apply in your location.

Currently Taunton is under National Restrictions Exercise caution. The vaccine may not offer full protection against new variants so you still need to apply caution in your interactions with others. If you have any symptoms get tested, avoid contact with others, and stay at home.

From Monday 17th May

  • You should continue to work from home if you can. Schools and places of further education fully open.

  • Travel within the UK is allowed, international travel is opened up but with restrictions dependent on the current status of the destination.

  • Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings will be limited to 6 people or 2 households, guidance on meeting friends and family emphasises personal responsibility and exercising caution.

  • Indoor venues (entertainment such as performances, attractions, hospitality such as restaurants and pubs, accommodation such as hotels) can reopen with COVID-secure measures in place. Places of worship, shops, other indoor venues opened at Step 2 as well as public transport, will also continue to apply COVID-secure practices (2m separation, wearing of masks, etc).

  • Outdoor and indoor events and organised sport can take place with COVID-secure measures in place.

  • Funeral attendance will no longer be limited to 30 people, but will be determined by how many people the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing

  • Limits for other commemorative events will be increased to 30 people.

  • Numbers able to attend support groups will be increased to 30 people.

  • The rules for care home residents visiting out and receiving visitors will change, allowing up to five named visitors (two at any one time), provided visitors test negative for COVID-19.

  • Additionally from 21st June limits for guests at weddings will be determined by risk assessment of the venue including social distancing and other COVID-19 mitigation measures.

Step 4 - removal of legal restrictions to be reviewed by 19th July.
Preventative measures and sensible precautions such as Hands Face Space guidance, vaccination and testing, and compliance with national local and venue COVID-secure measures, will still be needed to prevent further outbreaks and to ensure our continued safety.

Note different restrictions apply in Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland.

As a caring church we are aware of the concerns of our congregation, community, country and world at large regarding the current coronavirus outbreak. We wish to support those in need of reassurance and our prayers (see our Prayer Page). Please use the telephone number or email at the foot of the page if you need to contact us.

Please note as per Methodist Church recommendation most worship services and group meetings in Temple have been suspended for the time being in line with Government guidance during the coronavirus outbreak. You can catch up on services on our Previous Services & Sermons page. You can also join in worship from home via a number of other websites including Wesley's Chapel and Westminster Central Hall or use the Methodist Church resources found on our Home Worship page. Worship material from Temple can be found on the This Week's Service and Prayer pages. You can also keep in touch with our friends at Paul St URC and St John's.

Below are some links which give information regarding guidance to churches from the Methodist Church, information from the UK government, NHS/Public Health England, local government, and charities.

The Methodist Church regularly issues guidance and resources such as attending church, welcoming people, worship & communion, pastoral concerns, and events such as weddings and funerals.

The Methodist Church Coronavirus Guidance and Resources

The UK government provides up to date information on how to stay safe, testing, employment, schools, housing, travel, care and support, and vaccination.

UK government Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage (main webpage)

Test and trace what to do if you think you have symptoms

What you can and can't do

COVID-19 Response Spring 2021

Get Coronavirus Support as a Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Person

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

NHS advice on reducing the risk of contracting coronavirus

NHS advice and information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)


NHS advice and information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination

Coronavirus Vaccination

Useful websites

NHS 111

Citizens Advice

Taunton Foodbank

Age UK

MIND Mental Health Charity

Somerset West & Taunton Council Local Advice & Information including how to get support

Somerset County Council Local Advice & Information including how to get support