Coronavirus

Coronavirus Update - October 2020             

We are so pleased to be re-opening our church building. We have really missed meeting and worshipping together as a community.

To ensure that we all remain safe and well at this time we must all follow the government guidelines for re-opening, these may seem strict and you may feel them unnecessary but we ask you to take them seriously for the safety of others and yourself.

Please read the below fully to familiarize yourself with what church will be like when you return.

Code of Conduct

We have a code of conduct which sumarises all the main rules we need to follow when in the church building. Please have a read before you come along.  Click here to read 

Social Distancing

Social distancing will be in place throughout the church building, please ensure that you stay 2 metres apart where possible.  All the chairs in the sanctuary have been placed 2 metres apart and must not be moved. Families, couples and social bubbles will of course be able to sit together, when requested upon bookings.  

One Way System

There is a one-way system through the church building, please follow the arrows on the floor at all times. Entrance will be through the main door on Broad Street and Exit will now be through the back door and into the Manse Garden.  The steps up to the back door have now been replaced with a ramp to make it easier.  Those using mobility scooters or wheelchairs will have the option of exiting through the front doors once everyone else has left the building.

Sanitize Hands

Everyone will be asked to sanitize their hands upon entering and leaving the building.  Under no circumstances are you allowed to shake hands or hug each other, we know this is hard, but it is very necessary to avoid the spread of the virus.

Face Coverings

Everyone will need to wear a face mask upon entering the building and this must be worn for the duration of the service. The face mask must be covering your nose and mouth, unfortunately a clear face shield is not a suitable alternative.  If you do wish to wear a face shield, then a mask must be worn underneath.  Please bring your own facemask with you as we will not have any spare masks in church.  Children under the age of 11 are not required to wear a face mask, nor those with specific medical needs – if you are exempt please feel free to use the government exemption card template found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own or contact the church as we may be able to help you produce one.

James will not be required to wear a facemask while he is leading the service.  Instead he will stand behind a clear screen to protect you and him.  This will also be the same for anyone leading worship.

Toilets

The church toilets will be open, but we strongly encourage you to use your own toilet before you arrive at church.  If you need to use the facilities, please wait until the service has started and the entrance hall is clear. Only one person at a time can use the toilet.  There will be instructions on the toilet doors that we would please ask you to read and follow.

Wheelchairs & Mobility Scooters

Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are welcome but will need to be taken into the main sanctuary with you and either parked next to your chair or can be used instead of a chair. Please let us know when you book your ticket if you would prefer a chair.

Ventilation

All the church doors will be open during the service to ensure the building is well ventilated.  For your own comfort please make sure you bring jackets, coats etc. to stay warm.

Shared Resources

To avoid the risk of cross contamination, we cannot provide weekly service sheets, song sheets, or church bibles at the moment.  We hope you understand that this is necessary, and we encourage you to bring your own bible with you.

Singing & Worship

Singing will not be allowed during the service. This will be hard for all of us, but clapping, socially distanced dancing and lifting our hands is allowed and will be encouraged. Worship is so much more than just singing so be prepared for things to be different.  Small worship teams will be able to play and sing together behind clear screens.

Refreshments & Social Interaction

There will be no refreshments after the service, and we cannot allow chatting or social interaction.  You will be asked to leave the church building and grounds as soon as the service has ended.  We realise this will be difficult however, we would encourage you to arrange to meet in the park or a local coffee shop to chat instead.  Please make sure that you obey the law and do not meet in groups larger than 6.

COVID -19 Checks

We will be asking anyone attending the building to confirm that they do not currently have any of the key symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, persistent dry cough and loss of taste or smell) and have not had such symptoms for 14-days, or have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Track and Trace.  If you do have any symptoms, please do not enter the church building.

If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 after attending a church service, you must inform a member of the leadership immediately and get a COVID-19 test.  Please be aware that The NHS Track and Trace may ask the entire congregation to self-isolate unless they can determine with whom an individual who has tested positive has been in close proximity with.

Car Sharing

At this time the government advice is to not share a car with those outside your immediate household or bubble.  We realise some of you may be used to picking up friends for church or asking for lifts, but for now we would urge you to try and find an alternative way to get to church.  We are sorry if this causes you difficulty.

Clinically Vulnerable or Over 70

Those who are clinically vulnerable or those over 70 are advised to consider if it is appropriate to attend a service. However, the decision is down to each individual and everyone will be welcome as long as you adhere to the guidelines listed.

Offerings

Offering will still be taken every Sunday, but the offering plate will not be passed round.  Instead there will be an offering box or plate at the entrance to the sanctuary.  Please be careful not to touch the box or plate when you leave your offering.

Online Bookings and Track & Trace

If you wish to attend Sunday Worship, you must pre-book a ticket, this can be done online via our church website or by calling the church telephone number.  This will also form part of our test and trace system, so we know who has been in the building and when.  Tickets can be booked between Monday – Wednesday for the following Sunday.  Please read the separate guidance on booking tickets.

Live Streaming & Filming

We will be live streaming the service every Sunday morning so if you chose to stay home or are unable to get a ticket you will not miss out! Please be aware that filming will be taking place during the service. If you do not wish to be on camera, please indicate this on your booking as there is a limited area which will be out of the camera’s view.