Safely Returning to Worship Together

We are all looking forward to returning to public worship together as soon as possible. The way in which we do so will be a sign of our maturity as Christians, our mutual welcome in Christ’s name, and our solidarity with all those around us.

The Church Council have made appropriate arrangements, which include the following:

+ Regular cleaning of the premises is taking place

+ Hand sanitiser is available in the vestibule, along with tissues, and extra bins

+ For the time being, the Sunday morning service will be shorter, as recommended

There will also be some changes to the format of the service:

+ No congregational singing will be included, for now

+ Offerings will not be presented during the service; if you cannot give by standing order, please leave your offering in the designated plates as you leave

+ Bibles will not be available in the pews; please bring your own Bible if you wish

As we return to our church building for public worship, you will also have an important part to play in helping us to return well and stay well, and the greeters will be there to guide you:

+ Please remember to wash your hands before leaving to come to church, bring your own tissues, and wear a face covering if it is possible for you to do so

+ When you arrive at the door, please keep 2 meters social distance from those ahead of you

+ Your name and contact details will be taken at the door; this is to enable contact tracing to take place, if it is subsequently needed

+ Seating patterns will have been carefully set out to enable social distancing; you will need to sit where asked, but of course households may remain together

+ For now, the only toilet available for use will be the one in the vestry

We realise that these are significant changes, but the greeters will be there to help you, and all arrangements will be kept under review.

Most importantly, all of us need to ensure the following: if you have been in contact with anyone who has subsequently displayed any of the symptoms of Covid-19, or if you yourself have any symptoms of illness, however mild, we are counting on you to stay at home.

At the same time, if you are uncomfortable about returning to church at this time for any reason, please do not feel under any pressure to be present. We alone know our own levels of risk, and we support and encourage you to act accordingly.