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Updated 16 September 2020

 

We recognise that some may not wish to return to Services in Church at the present time. Therefore, in addition to our Church Services, we plan to have a monthly service of Morning Prayer held on Zoom. Details of the dates and times of these services may be found in the Monthly Calendar. Those wishing to join in these services should let Shan Alexander know their e-mail address in order to receive an invitation.

 

 

RESTARTING CHURCH SERVICES

 

 

 

The Church is re-opening for public worship on Sunday 6 September. The Services on that day will be led by Rev Ann Hyde. We have done our risk assessment to be Covid-19 secure and is available to read on our website or in Church. The procedures we will be following are outlined below. We are restricted to the number of people/households/bubbles that can attend because of social distancing. We calculate we can accommodate up to a maximum of 40 people comfortably and 45 at a push if they are singles or couples, as most of our congregation is. This means that latecomers may have to be asked to return at some other time.

Returning to Worship

Although we are beginning to return to public worship in church, this is not a return to normal. To enable you to make a decision on whether or not now is the right time for you to return to church, and so you know what to expect, please take time to read the following details carefully.

Who can attend?

  • You MUST NOT attend if you have any symptoms of coronavirus or are having to isolate.
  • You SHOULD NOT attend if you are in the ‘extremely vulnerable’ category.
  • If you are in the ‘clinically vulnerable’ group then, having regard to the risks involved, and accept them, you can attend church and be involved in all activities. This includes people over 70.

Physical distancing

  • We will always be strictly observing 2-metre physical distancing unless totally impossible. This means the number able to sit in most pews is 2 if they are individuals, or 6 if they are one household. Every other pew will be used, making a maximum of 14 pews in use. (Please see Seating Capacity diagram attached).
  • To maintain the 2-metre distancing some pews will be sealed off and cannot be used. Someone will be available to assist you in finding a suitable pew. This may not be the pew you normally sit in.

 

Hygiene measures

  • Hand sanitisers are available and must be used on entry to, and exit from, the church.
  • In line with Government policy , it is mandatory to wear face masks in church unless you are in an exempt group, or you are the Minister, giving a sermon or you are a  lesson reader, intercessor or member of the choir. (see Government guidelines for details).
  • If you use the toilets then you will need to clean all surfaces you have touched and wash your hands according to Government guidelines or use the hand sanitiser.

 

Trace and Test

  • Although not compulsory, you will be asked for a name and contact details for each person/household/bubble in case it becomes necessary to track and test.

 

The Services

  • We are seeking to hold a BCP Eucharistic service on Wednesday at 9.30am, a BCP Eucharist Service at 8.30am on Sunday morning, and a Common Worship Eucharist service at 10am on Sunday morning, whenever a Minister is available. If a Minister is not available then there will be a Morning Prayer Service. This means that Private Prayer on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday will not be available. A Service Plan can be found here.
  • The Common Worship Eucharist will be a simple service with no servers, no processions, no flowers, and no physical sharing of the Peace. There will be a choir to sing hymns. The congregation will not sing.
  • The collection plates will not be passed around, so worshippers are asked to leave donations in the bowl on entering or exiting the church, or speak to the Finance Manager about setting up a Standing Order for monthly  payment via their bank.
  • We will be using the usual Service booklets and a weekly newssheet. Please take the newssheet home with you but leave the service booklets so that they can be quarantined for 72 hours and used the following week.
  • Holy Communion will be taken by the Minister only to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • At the end of the Service please remain in your pew until directed to leave. You will be asked to leave by the door in the Hall and use the sanitiser on the way out.
  • There will be no refreshments in the Hall.
  • Any interaction with others should take place outside, be physically distanced and kept to a minimum.
  • Children must remain with their parents/guardian in their seating area. We recognise this may be difficult for children. Under normal circumstances children are allowed to move around but is not safe enough to do so at the moment.
  • To minimise cleaning the 8.30am service will be limited to the front pews unless there are more worshippers than can be accommodated. Cleaning of pews between the 8.30am and 10.00am Services will be necessary.

 

Alternatives to Public Worship

  • Should you decide that returning to Public Worship is not for you at this time, and we totally accept and understand this, then we recommend you join in with the many online services that will continue to take place. Details can be found on the Church of England website. You can also join a free telephone Eucharistic Service led by Revd Ann Hyde at 11.30am on Sundays (excluding Sunday 20 September). You can join this by dialling 0330 606 0403, then enter the code 374430#. In the meantime, we are looking at how we can stream the service from our own Church.

 

Questions or Further Information

  • If you need any further information please contact Alvin West or Shan Alexander, Church Wardens by phone or email. Details can be found in our magazine or on our website.

 

 

A  Risk Assessment has been carried out according to the Church of England guidelines.

A statement from the Church of England concerning the reopening of churches can be found here.

 

Opening is in accordance with Government Guidelines. Visitors should follow the guidelines available in Church regarding social distancing and cleanliness. Those showing symptoms of coronavirus should not visit.

 

 

Current advice concerning funerals may be found on the Church of England website.

 

Wive's Group, The Luncheon Club and Messy Church are suspended until further notice.