If you have missed gathering for Communion, this is the message you have been waiting months to hear. From 13 September, we will be gathering as a church family for a simple service of Communion
We will be also continuing with the current online service for the foreseeable future, for those of you unable to attend or who feel the time is not right yet. This includes the time for Zoom Coffee and Chat between 11:15 - 12:15, we want everyone to be welcomed whether in church or online. For more details about the Zoom Coffee - please click here.
Now we want you to know we have been working very hard to ensure your safety and that coming back to church feels good, and you can be confident we have everything in place to remain COVID safe. First thing you will notice is that the layout of the church is a little different to what you have been used to.
Because seats are limited and we do not want to turn anyone away at the door you will need to book with the Office before you come. Please click the 'Book Now' icon above for further details on how to book in.
You will be greeted and seated by a Duty Warden when you arrive so we can make the best use of the space available. It is now law for you to wear a mask when in the building so please come prepared unless you have a recognised condition which exempts you from wearing a mask. The Duty Wardens will gently ask anyone without a mask, your reason, and unfortunately if this is just through choice we will have to ask you to leave the building, as we know you will appreciate we want to keep everyone safe within our care, and care for you too if you are unable for health reasons to wear one. We ask that you remain seated through the service if at all possible and only move around the church when invited up to take communion.
We have had to remove shared resources, including Bibles and Happy Bags, and we are unable to provide refreshments, so please bring anything you feel you will need with you. We have also closed the toilets for the time being, so please go before you come. but if you get caught short the Wardens will open the disabled toilet for your use, which will be cleaned down after you.
A few other things to bring to your attention:-
Junior Church and young peoples provision Unfortunately we are unable to start back up with Junior Church at this time, but will keep you informed of plans as they become possible. The plan for our young people is currently being considered and we wait eagerly for how we can support them in their walk together as a church family. Until then children are most welcome, we have missed them too, whether you are 1 year old or nearly 18 years old. You will need to keep your children in your household group while in the church building and they remain your responsibility.
Giving We do not yet have contactless giving capability in Church, so please continue to give either via the online giving link on the website, BACS or other method you have been doing through lockdown. If you want to give with cash or cheque, please continue to post these through the door of the Old Vicarage in a sealed envelope. We will not be placing the plate out for use within services just yet.
Are you in one of the Vulnerable groups? Government guidelines state that certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including people who are aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions. Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household.
Individuals who are extremely clinically vulnerable/shielding The government guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable is that shielding has been paused (see current guidelines) Advice for both the clinically vulnerable and extremely clinically vulnerable is however advisory and they can choose how to manage their own risks.
Are you symptomatic? Showing symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell)? You should not attend Church due to the risk that you pose to others; you should self-isolate at home immediately with other members of your household.