We’re delighted to announce that, beginning Sunday 19th July 2020, 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.
From Sunday 9th August 2020 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 2 metre distancing between households, seating will be limited and attendance must be limited. Initially, the simplest way to do this is to ask that – for our members and regular attenders – if your surname starts A through to (and including) H we’re asking you to attending on the 19th. If your surname starts I through to Z, please wait and attend on the 26th. Thereafter we intend to ask people to continue alternating their attendance.
If you would like to visit, you are welcome to join us at any time
However, 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. However, two changes will be introduced:
- To limit contact we will not be providing bread. Those who are saved, and planning to participate in breaking bread with us are asked to bring with them a small piece of bread.
- We will distribute the cup, but the physical cups we will provide will be disposable, and will not be collected afterwards.
Those distributing the cups will observe strict hygiene and wear masks.
In the building
We will have a one way system throughout the building to minimise contact. We’ll ask you to enter through the main doors into the foyer and leave through the emergency doors in the main hall. Internal doors will be kept open throughout the service.
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.
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.
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 in the hall where you can leave your offerings.
Sadly singing will be extremely limited. For the most part we will play pre-recorded music and ask you to meditate on the words, but there may be an opportunity to quietly sing a reflective piece at the close of the service.
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.