Having received the latest guidance from Connexion, the church leadership team met last night to decide how to proceed with regards to worship following the change in regulations from the government. I hope that what we have agreed is acceptable and will enable some of you to return to worship. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of the stewards who will hopefully be able to assist. So, the following outlines what will be happening:
- You no longer need to book a place to come to church. Your name will still be recorded as having been there for test and trace purposes and kept secure for 21 days as is the current arrangement.
- We would encourage you to wear a mask when entering the building and until you are seated. This will help to protect those moving around the building at the same time and the person welcoming you at the door.
- On entering the hall you will notice a difference. To your right as you come in will be some seats that are closer together. Please sit on this side if you would prefer to remove your mask whilst you are seated, or if you wish to sing! To the left there will be some seating that remains socially distanced. Please sit here if you would prefer to sit apart and wear a mask throughout the service. We will not be allocating seats in advance as we have been.
- Singing is now allowed (please sit to the right!) but if you have removed your mask, please pop it back on to sing. This is for the protection of all those around you, including our preachers. It would be appreciated at this point if you refrained from singing at full volume…….
- Preachers are asked to still keep the service length to no more than 45 minutes.
- We are retaining the one way system through the church, so you will enter via the front doors (coming round to the left from the car park) and leave via the back doors unless you need to leave by the front for mobility reasons. We ask that you still try to limit the chatting inside the building and do this outside at the end of the service. This is safer for all and allows the stewards to move safely round the building whilst performing the checks and locking up process.
- We will still have only the one toilet open so that we can ensure the necessary cleaning takes place between ‘visits’. Our thanks to Gillian who has performed this task for us throughout.
- We will still be maintaining good ventilation with the window and doors open throughout worship.
- For communion (which will take place this coming Sunday), Rev’d Kim will still be wearing a mask and gloves and will bring the bread and wine to us in our seats. We request that you wear your mask whilst she serves you so that we can offer her some protection as she fulfills her calling as our minister
Of course, we acknowledge that some people are exempt from wearing masks and that is fine if you wish to come to church.
We hope that you find these arrangements a way forward that meets the various needs for the people of God who meet to worship in our premises.
Our thanks to all those who have supported the leadership team in any way during the last year and a half as we have tried to enable worship whilst keeping our church family safe.