Facilities and Accessibility

Toilets

Toilet facilities are currently closed  except at the time of services due to the restrictions.

 

Children in The Priory

Children are always very welcome – at any age, bring them along with you. Your child probably will make a noise, and that is fine – we would rather have the noise and your child and you. We are happy for you to get up and move around if it helps. There is a children's area with books and toys, where your child is welcome to play. You can either play too or sit in a chair next to the children's area to supervise.

After 10 am Sunday services drinks and biscuits are usually available near to the area used for refreshments.

Toilets are located on the far side of the Church towards the back of the kitchen in the Norman Nave.  These include a baby changing station.

 

Stairs and Ramps

This ancient building has many different levels and the floor surfaces can be worn or uneven in places, so please take extra care. 

The central nave is accessible, although at the east end in St. Paul's Chapel some assistance might be necessary where there are two rises of about 15cm.  Prior to church services there is normally a temporary metal ramp set up for this purpose.

We have a temporary ramp in the building so that wheelchair users or anyone who struggles with steps can access the much lower Norman Nave (where refreshments happen after some services). Subject to planning consent for this Grade 1 Listed Building, and the necessary funding being raised, there is a plan to make significant alterations to the floor layout to improve access.

If you would like to receive communion during a service but don't feel comfortable walking up to the stations at the front, please do just let someone know before the service and one of the people distributing communion will bring it to you at your seat.

 

Active Listening Area

We have an Active Listening Area during our 10am worship located in the South Aisle (next to the book stall). This is for anyone to use at any time during the service. By occupying your hands with creativity, you may find that your mind is more easily stilled or that it is easier to concentrate. Being present to God with more than just our minds can help us experience worship in a new way. There are pens, pencils, pastels and paints available. You might like to bring knitting, sewing or other quietly creative activities.

Here is what Clare said about it:

"I wondered what it would be like if I could occupy part of my brain with some creative expression while another part of my brain concentrated on the service.

It was wonderful.

As the readings and the sermon led my thoughts to baptism and water I was colouring blue, as we were addressing intercessions I was immersed in red and purple and when we were breaking bread I was lost in yellow. The simple finished picture became a meaningful summary of where the service had led my thoughts, my prayers and my worship. The experience itself was joyful. It felt holy; it felt moving."

Come and try it!

 

Hearing Loop

The Priory has a hearing loop that is used for all services. 

 

Kitchen

We also have a kitchen area at the Priory that we can use for refreshments after services (including funerals), for Messy Church and for our monthly bring and share meal, 'Rendez-vous'.


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