GUIDANCE FOR THOSE ATTENDING OUR MORNING WORSHIP SERVICES
We are looking forward to reopening for worship at 11am on Sunday 25th October, however in a physical sense, church will look very different. Here is some guidance to help those who intend to return at this time. It may seem that the procedures are intimidating, however it’s all relatively straightforward and in many respects similar to what we are presently experiencing in other everyday situations.
- Our service will start at 11am with the church being open from 10:30am.
- There will be no Prayer Meeting prior to services.
- You will be able to access the building from both the main entrance and the west entrance.
- When arriving either singly or as a household, please maintain 2m distancing.
- When entering into the building and for the duration of your presence, it is necessary that masks be worn (unless a medical condition excludes you from this requirement). Please bring your own mask, although for anyone forgetting to bring one along some spare disposable masks will be available.
- When arriving you will find the doors open and a volunteer will be waiting to point you to the hand sanitisation station.
- After completing hand sanitisation you should make your way through the Hall of Friendship to the sanctuary – unfortunately there is no opportunity to meet with others and chat in this area.
- At the entrance to the sanctuary, you will be required to give your name and telephone number. This is a necessary requirement to allow us to comply with the government’s Test and Protect Scheme.
- After having given your details, you will be directed to seating which will be set apart at 2m distances. The seats will be set individually or as small groups in an endeavour to ensure that household groups can sit together. You are asked not to move chairs.
- The expectation is that the service will be shorter than normal, probably around 40 minutes.
- At the conclusion of the service you will be given advice with regard to leaving the sanctuary and will be asked to leave the building as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, there will be no opportunity to remain for chat etc. after the service.
- If you require water, please bring your own. The kitchen will not be available.
- Whilst we wish to limit use of the toilet facilities we recognise that there may be a need for toilets to be used. Only the Disabled Toilet will be available for use – this helps reduce the scope of cleaning required at the end of each service.
- There will be an opportunity for an offering to be made utilising a plate which will be placed at the door to the sanctuary.
- Whilst heating will be on when required, we need to have doors and possibly some windows open in order to assist air circulation.
During the early weeks of reopening we do not expect numbers to exceed the permitted number of 50 persons. If we find that there is potential for this to happen, we may require to move towards some sort of booking process. At this stage, folks should simply come along.
We might not get everything right at the outset, so please bear with us. For everyone this will be a different experience of worship and it is expected that we will learn and adapt. What we do hope is that you will feel that a safe environment has been created to give us an opportunity to come together to experience God’s presence.