We’re delighted to announce that, beginning Sunday 4th April 2021, we are going to be, once again, gathering to worship Sunday by Sunday in our building. Initially we will have only one service each Sunday, the morning service at 11am. In addition, our prayer meeting will continue to be virtual for the time being.
Visitors are always welcome
We require all attendees to wear a face covering throughout the service. Children under 13 years of age are exempt from this requirement. You can find helpful guidance about the use of face coverings, together with details of other exemptions here.
To maintain social distancing seats will be set out in groups of one, two, or more, each separated from other groups by 2m. Only members of the same household or bubble should sit together in such groups. We will try to arrange things in advance so that there are suitably sized groups for those we expect to attend on any given Sunday, but our deacons will be happy to make alternations to the seating should it be necessary. Please allow them to make those changes so that we can ensure the necessary distancing is maintained.
There are a number of groups who still should not attend at all:
• Those shielding should not attend public worship
• No-one with a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste, should attend public worship
• No-one waiting for a coronavirus test result should attend public worship
• No-one who lives with someone who has symptoms, is waiting for a test result, or who has tested positive for coronavirus, should attend public worship
• No-one required to self-isolate for any reason should attend public worship. This includes those returning from any international travel which falls under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) Regulations 2020.
We will break bread together as part of our worship. Both the bread and the wine will be distributed in separate, disposable cups to minimise any risk.
Those preparing and distributing the cups will observe strict hygiene and wear masks.
In the building
During the service, to maintain good ventilation, we will have as many windows (and even external doors) open as possible. You may want to dress appropriately!
We will be taking a note of who attends each service for the purposes of contact tracing should anyone contract Covid-19. For regular attenders the deacons will simply record that you are with us – there won’t be any need for you to sign. If you’re visiting with us, we will ask for your permission to take a note of your name and contact details. These records will be destroyed after the appropriate quarantine period has elapsed.
Toilet facilities will be provided, however we ask wherever possible that only members of a single household use either the men’s or women’s toilet at any given time. If people are waiting, we encourage younger attenders to use the upstairs toilets.
There will be ample provision of hand sanitiser which we encourage you to make use of as you arrive and as needed during your time with us.
During the service
Collection bags will not be passed round during the service, instead, for those who are supporting the church financially, we will have a box at the door where you can leave your offerings.
Sadly singing will be somewhat limited and augmented by pre-recorded music.
The preacher will not be wearing a mask during the service, although he will beforehand. Because of this the pulpit has been moved to ensure that it is 4m from the congregation.