To keep everyone who comes to worship with us safe during this time we provide the following information in line with guidance from the Government and the Church of England.
WHO CAN ATTEND?
Anyone can attend the service so long as they are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell) due to the risk they might pose to others. They should self-isolate at home immediately with other members of their household and get a test.
Those over 70, or who have been classified as being of high-risk to COVID-19, should carefully consider whether or not to attend a service of public worship. Please read the guidance below to see what we are putting in place to keep you safe, and then decide if you wish to join us. We will continue to provide online resources and services so please do not feel under any pressure or obligation to attend.
DO I NEED TO BOOK? You will not need to book to reserve a place at any of our services. However, there is a limit to the number of people that each church and the Church Hall can hold and still maintain social distancing. Ensure you turn up early so you can be a part of the service!
WILL I NEED A FACEMASK? Facemasks need to be worn by anyone attending our services, as this became mandatory on 8th August 2020. Please can you bring your own to the services.
ENTERING THE CHURCHES AND CHURCH HALL
Doors and gateways to the churches and the Church Hall will be open before the service to reduce the areas where people can congregate. Please leave them open.
WHAT ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING?
Please keep at least 1.5m apart from anyone who is not within your household, or your support bubble (if you have one), at all times during the service. You will be directed to your seat. If you wish to receive Holy Communion you will be informed as to how this will be controlled.
WILL WE NEED HAND SANITISER?
Hand sanitiser will be provided as you enter and leave the churches and Church Hall, and we encourage you to use it. You will also be asked to use hand sanitiser before receiving Holy Communion. If you would like to bring your own then please do. WILL THERE BE HYMNS?
Yes there will be Hymns, however although these can be sung by the band or choir, at present congregations are not permitted to sing along. We can still enjoy the music and words as part of our collective worship.
CAN WE STAY AND CHAT AFTER THE SERVICE? As we need to clean and clear up after the service, we ask you exit reasonably promptly and chat outside in an appropriately distanced way. Understandably we are not able to provide refreshments at this time.