Meetings and Worship

Meetings and worship

Many of our guests look forward to participating in the community worship in our Chapel and in the group sessions on retreats and other gatherings. We’ve made changes to our usual ways of working to ensure it’s still possible for you to participate safely in these activities.

Chapel. The house Chapel will be open for private prayer between the morning and evening services, but will remain locked overnight. The main touchpoints in the Chapel will be cleaned at regular times throughout the day. Unfortunately our smaller chapels are closed at present as they do not allow safe distancing.

Guests are welcome to join the daily community worship, although our clergy may have to limit numbers in attendance on occasion. Please respect social distancing guidelines as you enter and leave the Chapel. Services will be spoken only (no singing) and we do ask that you remain in your seat throughout. All services of Holy Communion will follow current Church of England guidelines.

You’ll be able to pick up service books when you first join us in the Chapel. These will then be for your exclusive use during your stay and you should bring the appropriate one to any services you attend. At the end of your stay please leave them in one of the boxes provided.

Spiritual direction. We have a limited number of locations which can safely be used for spiritual direction at present, depending on the busyness of the house and on weather conditions. If you would like to see one of the clergy for spiritual direction please speak to the staff at Reception. We’ll do the best we can to help, but can’t guarantee to be able to accommodate all requests.

Conference/ Meeting Space

Our meeting rooms have been assessed for safe maximum capacity, and will be laid out by our staff before each meeting to ensure each group is comfortable and secure, adhering to current recommendations.

Please do not move the furniture – especially the seating – in your meeting room without consultation with a member of our staff. If your group is holding a series of meetings over one or more days, please use the same seat throughout your stay. 

It would also be a great help if you could respect social distancing guidelines as you enter and leave the room.

We’re not able to serve tea and coffee in the ‘help yourself’ buffet style we usually use, but we’ll make sure you get refreshments during your gathering. Our staff will explain how refreshments will be served when your group first gathers.

Group leaders will be asked to complete a risk assessment prior to any conference/retreat they plan to deliver at Launde, in conjunction with our Keeping You Safe programme.

You can download a PDF copy of this Keeping You Safe programme by clicking here.