To keep everyone safe, we have carried out a full risk assessment for the both the church building and the church centre. We have also carried out a full risk assessment for our Sunday Club for 4-12s. These risk assessments are available from the church office.
As a result of these risk assessments, we are putting in place the following measures for all our church services:
- We will ask everyone to sanitize their hands when they enter the building. The wearing of a face covering is compulsory from 8 August 2020.
- We will also ask everyone to maintain 2m social distancing from other households/bubbles. To help with this we will have a one way system in place around the main church building.
- We will set out on pews service sheets spaced 2m apart. We are asking people only to sit in any pew where there is a service sheet.
- We have decided not to have any communion services during July and August.
- There will be no creche and the creche room is unavailable. Parents of younger children are encouraged to bring their own toys from home.
- There will be Sunday Club for 4-12s in the church hall. This will follow the same type of arrangements as are being used in schools.
- There will be no refreshments – please bring your own coffee!
- We will keep a record for 21 days of who has been at each service. As such, we will ask people to leave their name and contact details after the service. If you are on the electoral roll, we will simply need to take your name.
We have also decided not to re-start our 8am service on Sunday mornings or our Tuesday coffee morning. We will also not be re-starting our Wednesday Smarties toddler group. We will however look to re-start these later in the year once we can do them in a way that is safe for everyone.
We recognise that some people will not want to join us for public worship at the moment. There is no pressure for anyone to do so until they feel ready and can do so safely.
The advice for those aged 70 and over continues to be that they should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household. If they do go out, they should be careful to maintain distance from others. They and everyone should continue to comply with any general social distancing restrictions. We are seeking to do this in church but recognise that everyone will need to make their own personal decision whether to come back to church.
Finally, anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell) should not attend. You should not attend if you are self-isolating due to a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19 in your household, or because they have been requested to do so by NHS Test & Trace.