Returning to church

We resumed Sunday services on 26 July at 10.30 am

Here is everything you need to know about how this will work, so that we remain safe and comply with government and Methodist Church guidelines.

Please read this page carefully before attending a service, If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us in good time.

If you are not a regular member of our congregation and wish to worship with us, we would love to see you, but please contact us in advance to check that we will have room for you.

Page updated 2 August 2020: face coverings (masks) are now mandatory

Before you come

If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, please do not come to church.

Bring a mask: face coverings become mandatory in communal indoor spaces on 8 August.

There are some circumstances where people are not expected to wear face coverings. Please be respectful, noting that some people are less able to wear face coverings, and that the reasons for this may not be visible to others.

The church will be well-ventilated with doors and windows open, so please come prepared if you feel the cold.

When you arrive

Please enter by either door, but be prepared to wait before entering, keeping two metres from the person in front of you.

On entering the building, please sanitise your hands: sanitiser pumps will be available.

There will be a steward available near each door ready to offer (socially-distanced) help and advice.

Your presence will be recorded for Track and Trace purposes. If you do not consent to this, please make this known as you enter. The information will be destroyed after three weeks.

Chairs will be arranged singly and in groups. If you have come alone, please sit on a single seat, leaving the groups of chairs for people from the same household/bubble.

Please make your way to a seat straightaway. You will find an order of service on your seat.

What to expect

The service on 26 July will be for the whole church family; in subsequent weeks the Young Explorers will meet separately in the hall.

There will be no crèche available.

Toilets will be open as usual.

You are invited to place your offering in the box near the door either as you enter or as you leave (the offering will not be presented during the service).

The service will be shorter than usual (30 – 45 minutes).

Congregational singing is not allowed, and we are asked to speak quietly when making any responses.

After the service

If books are used please leave them on your seat. You can either take your order of service away with you, or leave it on your seat.

Tea and coffee will not be served.

Please leave as soon as possible, observing social distancing, and do not remain in the church to chat.

Once outside the church, do observe government guidelines for meeting people.

We will review things week by week, and this information will be updated as necessary.

We are not holding communion services yet; we will do so when we feel it can be done safely.

Details of forthcoming services

Page last updated: 4th August 2020 11:03 PM