The church has now re-opened for worship and we will be having a weekly service. On the first Sunday of the month this will be an evening service at 6.30pm, all other weeks it will be a morning service at 10.30am. Where possible we will also be live-streaming the morning services for those who are unable to attend or do not yet feel comfortable attending (on occasion this may not be possible for copyright reasons or due to volunteers self isolating).
We are conscious that despite many restrictions being lifted in public places from 19th July, there is still a real need to exercise caution and to keep our church as safe as we can so that people can worship in a safe environment. With that in mind, we are continuing with some of the measures as outlined below.
The seating has been rearranged to accommodate more people. This means that people may be sat closer to others than previously. The small meeting room will be set out keeping the two metre distance between bubbles for those who feel particularly vulnerable. There are now three seats down the middle aisle and so if you are comfortable doing so, two people, not from the same bubble, can sit there with a spare seat between them.
There will be sheets available with a cross on them for people to put next to their seat if they wish it to remain unoccupied. Please do not feel uncomfortable doing this as everyone has their own concerns and we all need to feel comfortable.
You do not need to book a seat in advance. We estimate that there will be enough seats available, but will continue to monitor capacity and re-introduce a system should it become necessary.
Face masks and singing
Masks (preferable) or visors are still to be worn on entering church but may be removed when you are seated. Please put them back on as you leave your seat for any reason.
We will continue to have songs on the screen but you may sing if you put a mask on.
Test and Trace
Although no longer compulsory we will continue to maintain a list of attendees to support NHS Test and Trace. People who we don’t already have contact details for will be requested to either complete a form with their contact details or scan the QR code, although this is not a requirement to be permitted entry.
We will continue to have the windows open for ventilation whatever the weather and request preachers aim to limit the services to 45 minutes.
We won’t be serving coffee after the service due to space limitations.
We will be reviewing these measures again at the end of August.
We hope that this is a good compromise between staying safe but having a little more freedom. If you have any questions then please feel free to contact us