What we ask of you to ensure everyone feels safe coming to our services...
From Sunday 1st August worshippers will no longer be required to pre-book their place at a service.
Everyone is still encouraged however to check in on arrival. Our NHS QR code will be displayed at the church door for those wishing to check in using the app.
And the names and contact details of those not wishing to use the app will be requested on entry into the building.
(In line with guidance issued by the Department for Health and Social Care, we will keep your details safely and in compliance with GDPR legislation for 21 days before securely disposing of or deleting them. We will only share your details with NHS Test and Trace, if asked, in the event that it is needed to help stop the spread of coronavirus. We will not use your details for any other purposes or pass them on to anyone else.)
Please use your own hand sanitiser or the sanitiser provided when you enter the building and during the service as required.
Although they are no longer mandatory, we ask that everyone (unless exempt) continues to wear a face mask/covering when in church as one of the principal ways in which we can protect ourselves and others.
Please continue to be mindful of physical distancing between households and bubbles. We will guide people to seating appropriate to their needs and preferences, provide Please give me space cards, and ensure that there is plenty of seating for those who feel particularly vulnerable.
What we will do …
The minister and others involved in leading the services will observe careful hygiene practices throughout.
We will be careful in our use of service sheets and other printed materials.
We will continue where possible to make these available on the website/via email beforehand for those who may want to print out and bring their own copy.
For the time being we will continue not to sing as a congregation. We will also ask people not to shake hands with those outside their household/bubble either at the Peace or elsewhere.
Communion will be received in one kind only, and communicants are asked to receive the bread standing.
Regular cleaning of the church and the provision of hand sanitiser.
Regular review of our risk-assessments and guidance.
The Sunday service will continue to be recorded for posting on our YouTube channel and made available via our website, Facebook account and weekly email.
And finally …
If anyone has symptoms of COVID-19 or is feeling unwell; if anyone is waiting for the results of a COVID test or has tested positive; or if anyone has been told to self-isolate – please do not attend the service.
Please take note of Government advice if you or any of your household are in a vulnerable category.
In the light of current COVID-19 rates of infection both nationally and locally we are taking a gradual approach to how we manage our services. Knowing that concerns remain about crowded areas, we are putting the above measures in place to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 whilst still encouraging people to take personal responsibility for their own safety. So we hope you understand and will help us in this. Thank you.