Covid Care

We are now receiving bookings for Individual Retreats and Quiet Days

Wellbeing

We are very pleased to be able to welcome Guests, once again, to St. Michael's Convent and we are doing our best to ensure the wellbeing of everyone in the house as we do.

Some of our Sisters and Guests are senior in years and/or medically vulnerable, so please do not come if you are unwell in a way that might infect someone else. Please let us know and we will do our best to arrange for you to come at a later date.

Please note the key Covid-19 symptoms recently published by the ZOE COVID Study* (these symptoms apply even if you have been double vaccinated):

• Runny nose

• Headache

• Sneezing

• Sore throat

• Loss of smell

*(a collaborative and cutting edge research study being undertaken between King’s College, University of London, Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospitals and Zoe Global, a health science company founded by Dr Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College, London, and his scientific colleague, Dr Jonathan Wolf)

On your Way

Please let us know an approximate arrival time so that a member of the Hospitality Team is available to welcome you.

Before you set out, please do a ‘lateral flow’ test and only travel if your test is negative.

Please bring a mask and a second test kit with you, and re-test if you develop possible Covid-19 symptoms while you are here. If you test ‘positive’ mid-stay, and you are able to get home in your own car, we would ask you to do so.

On Arrival

A Sister will greet you and take your temperature with a contact-less thermometer.

If your temperature is 37.5°C or above, sadly, it will not be possible to welcome you at this time, but we would be glad for you to come again at a later date.

[If it is impossible for you to return home the same day, we will make arrangements for you to self-isolate overnight.]

Your Room

Please use the basin/WC/shower in your bedroom (or the one nearby, specifically designated for your use) rather than sharing any ‘public’ facilities around the house.

If you feel unwell during your stay, please ring or text the Duty Sister and stay in your room until you receive a response.

During your Stay

Please wash or sanitise your hands frequently during your stay.

You may wish to wear a mask – protection for you and others – when we are gathered together in the Chapel for our Office and Eucharist. (Please feel entirely free to wear a mask anywhere in the Convent if you wish to do so.)

Meals

Breakfast is available from the kitchenette in the Guest Area.

Dinner (1pm) and Supper (6:15pm) are served in the Refectory. (If you would prefer to take a tray to your room, please let us know.)

There is a small kettle in your bedroom, along with supplies for making coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Individually wrapped biscuits are available from the kitchenette.

The taps in each room provide ‘mains’ drinking water, though the water tends to be as warm as the house! Cooler water is available from the taps in the Refectory.

Prayer and Silence

Many of our Guests come for silent prayer and reflection so, in addition to the Chapel, we try to keep bedroom areas especially quiet. Thank you for your help in this.

The Sisters, as members of one household, sing and pray together in Chapel throughout the day without face coverings.

Any Guests feeling comfortable to do so on this basis are welcome to join us (and to use the Chapel privately at other times). Please sanitise your hands on the way in.