Update 24 October 2020
Following the move to Tier 2 / High Tier covid restrictions in York we are continuing to remain open for worship for now, however we will continue to review the situation. Please be aware that under Tier 2 restrictions there must be no mixing of households / bubbles indoors including within places of worship (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-high#visiting-other-venues-including-restaurants-pubs-and-places-of-worship).
Should York move up to Tier 3 / Very High tier of covid restrictions the Church Council have taken the decision that we will pause physical worship until we move back down to a lower tier.
Please note: to ensure good ventilation and minimise the risk of the virus spreading it is necessary to have the windows open even in colder weather. We therefore advise you to wrap up warm when attending.
The church re-opened for worship on Sunday 27th September and we will be continuing to meeting for worship on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. Where possible we will also be live-streaming these services for those who are unable to attend or do not feel comfortable attending.
We will continue to offer the Zoom Service at 9.45am at least in the weeks we are not live streaming from the church as well as the other online services which are available via YouTube.
Due to the size and shape of the building numbers are limited, so people wanting to attend will need to book via our Senior Steward Sue. This will enable us to ensure that we can all be seated safely and appropriately as well as collect details for NHS test and trace.
Telephone: 01904 400117
Please wear a mask or face covering (unless you are exempt), and bear in mind that there will be no singing. Doors will open at 10.20am, and there will be no mingling after the service, in line with government guidance. Whilst it will be good to welcome folk back, it is important that no one feels under any obligation whatsoever to come if they do not feel safe to do.
When you arrive at church you may need to wait outside if it is before 10.20am or we have a number of people who have arrived at the same time. There are markings on the floor to help you maintain a safe distance (2m still recommended)
When you enter you will be greeted at a safe distance and invited to clean your hands with sanitiser. We also have spare face masks if you have forgotten yours. If you haven’t given your details when bookings there are contact tracing forms or a QR code you can scan with the NHS Covid-19 app. There will also be a plate for collection if you wish to make a donation.
You will then be guided where to sit. Where possible we are asking people to fill up from the side room then from the front and to leave in the reverse order to minimise passing.
We are aware this is a constantly changing situation and we will regularly be reviewing the latest government guidance and regulations and learning from our experiences when we re-open so we may need to make last minute amendments to our plans. We will communicate any changes as soon as possible via our weekly notices and this website.