Arrangements for church services during Covid-19 pandemic

Although it is good to worship together in person again, it certainly isn’t a case of everything being back to normal. The Covid-19 virus is still with us, and though we are doing everything we can to minimise the risk, it does still exist. Each person will have to make their own decision about what they feel able to do and so please do not feel that you have to return to services in church, but it will be lovely to see you if you do decide to come. Having said all of that, we aim to make the service as spiritually meaningful and uplifiting as possible. Initially we will have a short Service of the Word, but we will hopefully include Holy Communion in due course. 

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Here are some details of what to expect:

  • We'll need to keep to 2 metre distancing on the way in and out of church.
  • In line with recent updates from the government about face coverings, we are strongly advised to wear face coverings in church, and we are asking everyone to wear a face covering if you possibly can.
  • You will be asked to sanitise your hands as you enter and leave, and will be directed to and from your seat.
  • Some pews and other areas of the church are roped off and you will be asked to to sit in marked seats 2 metres apart.
  • For the time being, there can be no congregational singing, but there will be music to listen to.
  • Sadly, car sharing is not permitted, so we can't offer each other lifts, and gathering in groups to chat inside the building is not possible at the moment.
  • Sharing the peace will be ‘contactless’.
  • As we have to restrict the number of people in church, we are introducing a booking system. 
  • We will also be asking for your contact details of those with ‘test and trace’ if need be. This is voluntary.

Of course, some of you won’t feel ready to come to church yet, or you may be in vulnerable categories, (including being over 70), or shielding and are considered to be more at risk of serious illness. These groups are still advised to stay at home as much as possible and to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their own household. We therefore remain committed to making our online prayers, services and groups available to as many as possible, and to encourage others to join in, using our dedicated phoneline, or by personal calls. 

 


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