Covid-19 Safety Measures for On-Site Services
We are so grateful that we are able to gather again in our Church building for two services each Sunday morning (9.30am Traditional and 11.30am Contemporary). The timing of these services is to allow for a thorough cleaning of the building in between services. All services in the church building will have the same social mitigations as before including prior sign-up as numbers will be limited. These plans are subject to reviews from the Executive as we will continue to follow government and diocesan advice. All services will continue to be live-streamed. To sign up to attend the services physically please click here.
Guidance for Attending On-Site Services
We are looking forward to the day when we can once again gather together physically to worship God. We want to ensure that our worship environment is both welcoming and safe.
All our services will have the same safety measures. The time between the services allows for safe exit/entry as well as a thorough cleaning of the church building including surfaces. Alternate rows will also be used for each service so that seats are only used once on any given day. For those attending services please:
Sign Up – Spaces will be limited at our services therefore where possible, please sign up on ChurchSuite in advance of the Sunday service you wish to attend. Sign up will be made available at 9AM each Monday on ChurchSuite and via email for the following Sunday’s services. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to be added to our mailing list to receive these emails.
Maintain Social Distancing – Please keep two metres apart in our Church building and refrain from physical contact. A hello and a friendly wave will be our greeting of choice.
Wear Face Masks – Please bring a face mask to Church each week. The use of face masks is mandatory and should continue to be worn each week for the duration of the service (unless medically exempt or under 13 years of age). We would encourage you to continue wearing your mask while in the car park after the service.
Stay at Your Seat – Please sanitise your hands at one of the stations, then sign in at the registration table in the welcome area before going to be seated. Once seated please stay at your seat for the duration of the service until you are directed to the exit by a steward. Our wonderful team of stewards will be there to direct you and do an excellent job at helping our Sunday morning on-site services run smoothly and safely.
Exit the Building Safely – We know that the weather in our beautiful country could be described as unpredictable! So, with that in mind it is best to come prepared for possible wet weather. We would encourage you to bring a coat and an umbrella with you to our services so that the Church building, and in particular the porch area, does not become congested upon exit. You will be informed at the end of the service if it is raining so you can get prepared before the stewards guide you to the exit.
Once you have exited the building please do not re-enter the building as we are operating a one way entry and exit system.
Contact tracing procedures will also continue to be an important part of how Church operates over the coming months. As we seek to care for one another we would ask that if you or anyone in your household is unwell or you have been displaying symptoms of Covid-19 please stay at home with those in your household and watch the livestream instead.
Church services will continue to look a bit different and each of us will need to think carefully about what is right for us. You may be cautious about coming to our on site services, which we completely understand. If you are in an ‘at risk’ category, then certainly we would urge caution and would encourage you to follow government guidelines, in order to safeguard your health. We will continue to provide online worship services through livestreaming on Facebook and YouTube and the telephone dial-in service, so ‘Church at Home’ will remain an important way for many of us to stay connected as part of our church family.