What are we to do about Masks?
As you are aware we have been keen to move cautiously forwards with our approach to mask wearing and social distancing in main church services and other activities within the life of the Church. Our priority is always to look after each other, be as safe as possible, and respect each other’s choice. We have now reviewed this in the light of feedback from a number of people and the ever changing guidance.
To care for those who remain very concerned and feel vulnerable or are unvaccinated for any reason, we will retain a section of church for those who wish to wear a mask in our main services, this will be the block to the right hand side as you come in. Please only sit here if you are wearing a mask. You are free to wear a mask anywhere else too if you wish, but other areas are for your free choice.
Teams serving during services in close proximity to others will be asked to wear their masks, this will include welcomers, those serving refreshments, duty wardens, and the officiant for communion.
We also ask you to remember to be mindful of those wishing to remain at a distance.
A big thing we would like to encourage you to do in care of others, is if you have been out and about in busy places during the week, please consider taking a Lateral Flow test before coming to Church, we won’t check you have, but this is the best way to check that you are not unwittingly carrying the virus.
Smaller groups meeting for other activities, like Prayer meetings, Life Groups, The Hub, Little Gems, Youth and others as they start up will be carrying out their own assessment of risk, either formally or informally, and guiding you as you attend their individual activities, any concerns you have should be directed towards the individual activity leader.
We have done very well to keep the virus from spreading in church, and we would like to do the best we can to continue this as we learn to live with the effects of this in our community. We continue to carry out a deep clean every week, and each group will carry out a touch point viral clean after each activity. If you do find yourself with COVID/ flu like symptoms, please take a test, stay away from Church (even with coughs and colds) and if you have been in church recently and test positive, please notify the office so we can notify others.
If you are concerned and want to speak with someone, please don’t hesitate to contact Lyn, Alan or Noelle.
Lyn, Alan, Noelle, Lois and Clare