At Last – We’re (nearly) Back To Church!
We anticipate that our Risk Assessment will receive final approval late this afternoon (Saturday). We anticipate that, for the first time in many months, the church doors will be open for our 11am service this Sunday, 20th September. As we explained in the earlier page, it won’t be church as usual – there will be restrictions on how many people we can accommodate and we’ll have to take precautions such as wearing face-coverings.
How Many Will Be There?
While observing 2 metre social distancing, we expect to accommodate about 15 people. That may increase if more families come and may decrease if more individuals attend. The survey that you all completed indicated that 15 people intended to attend in person, which is just about the capacity of the building under these restrictions.
If unexpected visitors arrive, we may ask one or more of our regulars to leave to make room for them. If anyone is asked to leave, we will ensure that they are able to stay in the service the following week.
To comply with legal requirements, everyone should bring a face covering and use it at all times while in the church building. There are certain exclusions, for example:
- children under the age of 11
- people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
- where putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
If you do not wear a face covering and none of the exclusions apply to you, we may suggest that you enjoy the service via the Zoom videoconferencing facility.
NHS Contact Tracing
Please remember to complete and bring a Contact Card with you. If you don’t have any, there is an ample stock at the church, but it will save time entering the church if you have already completed a card.
One card should be completed for each individual and one for each group – if you attend with your family, only one person in the family needs to complete a Contact Card.
There’s a smart new red bin in the foyer – just drop the completed card through the slot in the lid and take a fresh card for next week.
Alternatively, if you have a smart phone and are over 16, you can download and use the new NHS Contact Tracing App. We will be displaying QR Codes in the foyer so you can check in by scanning the QR Code with the app.
What Other Precautions Are We Implementing?
Please maintain a 2 metre space between you and anyone else. This does not apply to people in the same household or social bubble.
Please don’t! We love to hear your voice, but just now we have to ask you to restrain your worship to a quietly spoken word at most.
Tea/coffee and biscuits will be noticeable by their absence. The kitchen is out of bounds, even for getting a glass of water.
We’ll have supplies of bottled water on hand for emergencies but would ask that you bring your own.
Creche and Sunday Club
Regrettably, the creche and Sunday Club will also be closed. We have to ask parents to keep their children with them. For young people who usually go to the Sunday Club, individual work sheet packs with pens & pencils will be available. We ask that children remain in their seats to do the work sheets during the sermon.
There will be restricted room for car parking in front of the church. If you can walk or take public transport, that would be a great help. Otherwise, we would ask that those who are able to should find alternative parking nearby. There will be a steward monitoring car parking to ensure the parking area is not overcrowded and that people who really need to park close to the church are able to do so.
What Should I Do if I Have Symptoms of Coronavirus?
If you have recent onset of any of the most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19):
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia)
you and your household must isolate at home: wearing a face covering does not change this. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19
We’re looking forward to seeing you!