We expect that for many (maybe all) of us adjusting to worshipping together again is going to be harder than we might expect. It will feel very odd sitting with gaps in between us. It will feel even odder not being able to mingle and chat in the church building. So here are some things to help:
Services will be shorter; no more than an hour.
Anyone will be welcome to come and go at any point. Parents with young children may especially find this helpful.
To limit the risks of spreading the virus, we have put in place the following measures:
Parents are welcome to do whatever else they think will help their children start to re-learn being part of worship. They will also be responsible for helping their children maintain social distance.
Please don’t come to church if you have any symptoms of Covid-19, or have had in the last 7 days, or if someone in your household or bubble has had in the last 14 days.
Anyone who develops symptoms during a service should let one of the stewards know and leave for home. There is no need to wait to the end of the service.
Government guidance is that certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including people who are aged over 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions. Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household.
The capacity of the church building will be limited. All rows are at least 2m apart.
Doors will be fixed open, so no-one need touch door handles.
Windows will be open to maximise ventilation.
When you come to church, please:
Maintain social distancing using the 2m markers to the church entrance and within the church lobby as you arrive.
Wear a facemask whilst attending services within the church building (sanitiser dispensers will be in place)
Bring your own water or hot drinks in a thermos mug, as our usual refreshments will not be served after the service.
Sanitise your hands on the way in and upon leaving the building.
Follow the one-way system in and out of the building.
You will have been allocated a seat. Stewards will direct you to your seat and will ensure there are four empty seats between households.
At the end of the service, please wait for a steward to direct you to the exit, following the one-way system.
Spaces in the church car park will be prioritised for visitors, those who are disabled or essential users. Parking spaces will need to be booked in advance. Visit Booking Page. When parking, please follow any instructions from the stewards to ensure social distancing is maintained.
Although we are keen to sing again, we are following government guidelines and not singing together yet.
We will not be using the church bibles, so please bring your own bible.
Access to the crèche, kitchen, first floor rooms is limited to the stewards and those running the service.
Toilets will be available. A one-in/one-out system will operate. Please follow the queuing system indicated and follow the guidance provided by the stewards.
The church will be cleaned every week after the service, the toilets, door handles and plastic seats will be disinfected after the service.