We are so pleased to say that we are now back open for Sunday morning worship. The service starts at 10:30am.
We have followed both government and Baptist Union guidelines and put in many safety precautions in response to the COVID pandemic.
Please note that masks are required to attend. For those who would still rather take part from home we now have live streaming set up.
To view the service via the live stream please follow this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw-Kn6-T7hmg6s2SqVqxDhg/
As you are by now aware it is our intention to restart worship services in the church building from Sunday, September 6th. While not all risk can be removed we have put in place many precautions that follow both government and Baptist Union guidelines. The experience of coming to church will be very different from what you are used to and the purpose of this is to explain the precautions that we have put in place to help keep you and your family as safe as possible and so that you will be familiar with what to expect upon joining us. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in Christ's love as we start back our times of fellowship together.
Things to bring with you to church
- Face masks - following government requirements everyone with the exception of children under the age of 12 will be required to wear a face mask while attending church.
- Water bottle - you will need to ensure that you bring along a bottle of water as there will be no water set out, also there will be no tea or coffee and refreshments served after the services.
- Bibles - you will need to bring your own bible to the service. There will be none available to use at the church.
- Punctuality - We ask that due to the nature of precautions i.e. cleaning the rails when everyone is in service etc. and due to the fact that service time will be reduced to between 45 minutes and one hour that you please arrive promptly for the service.
What to expect upon entering the church building
- There will be members at the entrance to welcome you as you arrive. When you first come in a welcome steward will ask you to confirm your name and contact details in line with the government requirements for track and trace. Our data policy in regards to these details can be found posted on the entrance doors to the church.
- Please be aware that the new lift will not be in use so if you need to use a lift you will need to enter the church from the front entrance to access the old lift. You will not be able to walk through the upper lounge from the back entrance.
- There will be sanitiser for your hands located at both entrances and around the church. We ask that when you enter you please sanitise your hands before continuing into the sanctuary.
- Coats and personal belongings will need to be taken with you to your seat in the sanctuary. There will be no place available for you to hang your coats.
- Children will be not be attending the services in the sanctuary. Instead they will be having their own activities in the Upper Lounge. There will be no access to the upper lounge for anyone except for the Childrens Team. You will need to wait at the doors to the entrance of the Upper Lounge and a team member will come and greet you and take your child in and they will bring your child back to the door to meet you at the end of service.
- Upon entering the sanctuary please take the seat furthest inwards so that people do not have to walk over you to take their seat. If families would like to move their chairs closer together they may do so as long as they ensure they leave a meter plus between themselves and the next person outside their household. The chair legs have been placed on coloured x's on the floor, please ensure your chair is kept on these x's (unless sitting as a family) to ensure that you are an appropriate distance from the next person.
- At the end of the service we will have to let you out row by row in order to ensure social distancing. Please be patient and wait for your row to be asked to leave. Once out of the sanctuary we have to ask that you vacate the building without any congregating.
Toilets will be closed with the exception of the following three.
- The disabled near the Upper Lounge will be used for the children.
- The disabled toilet near the kitchenette will be used for the overflow in the lower lounge as well as those who need a nappy changing area.
- The disabled toilet upstairs near the Hall will be used for those attending the service in the sanctuary.
All toilets will have disinfectant wipes in them. Please use them to wipe down the facilities before and after you use them. Also please remember to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds once finished.
We will not be allowed to sing during the service in line with government and BU guidelines.
There is no eating/drinking allowed so no tea and coffee will be served afterwards.
When it is a communion service we ask that you bring your own stuff for communion.
You must maintain social distancing at all times and please no groups congregating before or after the service.
If you or any one in your household has any symptoms, please do not attend. This also applies if you have had contact with someone who has symptoms outside your household.
Please remember that this is a fluid and fluctuating situation and that the items mentioned in this email are not exhaustive and things may have to change as the situation changes. If you have any questions please speak to me, the welcome team, or someone in leadership.
We look forward to welcoming you back!