We want everyone to feel able to come to church services and to be safe when they do so. With the ongoing covid–19 pandemic, that will mean church services will need to look different.
Below are some FAQs. Feel free to explore these, whether you’ve got a specific question or would just like to get a sense of what services will be like.
We’re being very careful to follow all the latest guidance from the government and the Church of England to ensure our building is safe for services. Out of love for each other, everyone will be asked to wear face coverings, follow the guidance and stay away if they experience any symptoms associated with covid–19. We are continuing to provide socially-distanced seating for those who want it.
There may be some who would be especially vulnerable if they contracted covid–19. If you’re in that situation, you will need to consider when you feel it’s safe for you to return and, in the meantime, we’ll do everything we can to support you and help you feel included in services. Please drop us an email to let us know if you’re in this situation.
When we gather as God’s people, we do so to hear from him (through the Bible), to speak to him (in prayer), to worship him collectively and to encourage each other in all of these things. This will remain unchanged and a great joy. We can now sing together again after a very long time!
However, to do all this safely in the current environment will require us to continue to do a few things differently.
To minimise opportunities for spreading the virus, the words you’ll need will be displayed on a screen at the front of church. Bibles will be available and will be quarantined for a week after use to ensure they are safe to use. We are also asking that you continue to wear a face covering for the time being as we adjust to life without restrictions.
There will be a variety of differences in what we can do, some of which will become clear from looking at the other FAQs.
All of these differences are being reviewed on a weekly basis.
We are delighted that from 25th July, we can begin to sing together again!
Despite the change in the government rules to make facemasks a recommendation rather than a requirement, we have decided that for the moment we will continue to wear masks during the service out of love for each other. It would be very helpful, therefore, if you brought your own mask to services, but we will have some single–use masks available for anyone who forgets to do so.
All those involved in the service will wear a mask, however it is permitted for those leading, preaching, reading and praying to remove their mask while doing so, in order to aid communication. Those who remove their mask for this reason will be more than 2 meters from others when they do so.
We’re delighted that Sunday Club will be available during the 10:30am service for children aged 3–14 years. Parents no longer need to book a place for their children.
From 1st August, there will be a creche povided for 0-2 year olds in the parish centre during the service.
Anyone aged over 14 is invited to join the main service.
Further information and instructions about Sunday Club will be sent to those who book to attend.
You do not need to book a place unless you wish to be seated in a socially-distanced way. If that is the case please book a place here.
Bookings for Sundays will become available every week on the preceding Monday morning. Those who are ‘offline’ will be able to make contact over the phone to book a place. But it would be a great help if those who are able to book online did so or sought help from others to do so.
In the main part of the church, socially-distanced seating is no longer required. For those who still wish to socially-distance, the balcony has been designated as a socially-distanced space and you can book a seat to ensure there is enough space for you.
There is also the option to book a socially-distanced seat that does not require climbing stairs.
Yes, the toilet at the back of the church building will be available to those in the main service, if needed.
No. We are no longer required to keep records of who attends for track–and–trace purposes. We will still have the track and trace QR code displayed in the church and parish centre and encourage it’s use.
Yes – we’re taking this very seriously. Our risk assessment includes a thorough cleaning schedule, which will be followed before and after every service, to ensure the space is covid–safe.
Yes. We are now also allowed to provide refreshements, which will be served in the parish centre. We’ll ask you to wear a mask until you have collected your drink, at which point it will no longer be required. In good weather, there will also be space to stand and share drinks outside the back of the parish centre if you’d prefer.
Everyone is welcome to join us for our church family picnics, at 12:30 in Coronation Park every Sunday.
If you can bring your own face mask that would be very helpful, but spare masks will be available at the door for anyone who forgets. Hand sanitiser will also be available, but feel free to bring your own if you’d like to.
Yes. Most people give regularly by standing order, but if you prefer to give into the offering plate, that will still be possible. We can’t pass the plate around, but at the end of the service offering plates will be positioned near the exit. If you would like to start giving by standing order instead (something we would encourage), all the details for how to do that are available here.
You only need to book a place if you wish to sit socially-distanced from others. You will need to book a place for this each week. No block bookings are permitted.
Those we know to be in this situation will be contacted directly over the phone.
If you know of someone in that situation who has not been contacted by 2nd September, please get in touch to let us know.