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COVID Update 06/01/22

We want as many of us as possible to meet together for our Sunday services, so we can encourage each other to keep trusting in Jesus and living lives of love and good deeds for him! However, we still want to meet in a way that is responsible, as the Government urges, to protect one another from catching and spreading the virus. 

Therefore, following discussions with our Church Warden, our PCC (church council) and Health and Safety Advisor, and after the feedback we have received form our Church family, here’s how we have decided to gather so that we help as many people as possible keep safe and feel safe whilst attending our Church services.

  

Arriving, getting seated and leaving

  • You do not need to sign up to attend a church service, you can just come along. 

  • There’ll still be a QR code, however, if you do want to check in for Test & Trace.

  • We’ll still have hand sanitiser on your way in and ask that you use it. 

  • We’ll keep the building as well ventilated as possible. 

  • When it comes to finding a seat, we will have our comfy red chairs back! They will be in rows, as before, but we will space the rows out so that there is more distance between each one.

  • As a general rule, we’ll ask that you leave 2 empty seats between your groups.

  • We also have a socially distanced seating zone at the back of Church, for those who would feel more comfortable.

  • When it comes to leaving, please stay on after our service to chat to one another. This is a great time for us to catch up with each other again and encourage one another to keep living for Jesus.

 

Face coverings and singing 

  • Further to the government decision to make face coverings mandatory, we ask that you please wear a face mask/covering whilst in our Church building.

This is because:

  • The rapid increase in rates of the Omicron variant and with schools and work places opening up after the Christmas break.

  • There are a number of members of our church family who are coming to church at the moment and are vulnerable.

  • As per the Church of England guidance, singing indoors causes the highest risk of infection.

 

Whilst I know that it is not that pleasant to sing with a mask on, if we can mitigate the highest risk of catching or passing on the virus, we will help love & protect those who are vulnerable within our church family. 

We will continue to livestream our church services on our YouTube channel as before (but, remember, they are no substitute for meeting in person).

Thank you for the loving concern for others you have already shown and please pray that God will continue to protect our church family.

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