Letter from Rev. Stephen Taylor
Emerging from the Covid-19 Lockdown
Dear Church Member,
Restarting Public Worship – Important information
As you are hopefully aware by now, careful preparation is being made ahead of our return to our church building for public worship on Sunday 5th July. Plans are also being made for a revised Summer Club from 17th – 21st August. Details will follow later.
This letter sets out some important information agreed by the Church Council for those who would like to attend the services. We have been working hard to keep people as safe as possible, and we need your help and cooperation.
Sunday Worship from 5th July (until further notice)
If the weather is dry:
We will hold one service outdoors at 10.30am. You can bring your own chairs / rugs or the stewards can bring a chair outside for you. We do not expect to have to limit numbers meeting outside.
If the weather is wet:
There will be two services, at 10am and 11.30am. We will make use of both the main and minor halls. A one-way system will be in place through the building: enter through the main door and exit through the Fire Escapes as directed by the stewards.
Please note, both services will be identical in content, the only difference being the time.
We can only accommodate about 70-80 people per service, so we will have to strictly regulate attendance, and we need your cooperation for this. We are asking you to attend alphabetically by surname:
- A-L: 10.00am
- M-Z: 11.30am
We hope that you will attend the allocated service as this will balance numbers and potentially permit visitors. However, you can be assured that if there is a particular reason you cannot attend an allotted time, feel free to attend the other time. Please let us know if you plan to attend. (Use the Contact Form Here) One response per household only.
- We will notify you by Saturday morning whether the service will be indoors or outdoors.
- Masks are recommended indoors but are not mandatory.
- Sanitizer is available at the door and should be used.
- The service will be family friendly, lasting approximately 50 minutes. (There will be no Sunday school or crèche. Children will stay with their parents and bring their own colouring pencils, and toys if needed).
- Unfortunately, there will be no congregational singing for the time being.
- To assist with potential contact tracing, a register will be kept of who attends the service.
- The toilets will be available, but their use is discouraged as much as possible. (Please go before you come!!)
- There will be no tea or coffee served initially.
- The building will be cleaned appropriately before and after the service.
- No-one should attend who is feeling unwell.
N.B. We will continue to post services on YouTube and Facebook for the foreseeable future.
I am really looking forward to seeing you all again. Please speak to Stephen, Heather, Bruce or Arun if you have further questions or concerns.
Let’s not forget in the midst of all this detail that we are meeting in fellowship to worship God together, to hear from him and to build each other up in our faith. An important feature of next Sunday’s service will be testimony from members. Please be ready to share a brief thought of how you have seen God at work through this crisis – where have you seen “streams in the desert?” (Isaiah 43:19).
Also, over the coming weeks. We will be reflecting together how we fulfil our mission, “to be a God-centred, loving and vibrant Witness” in our community. These questions may be helpful:
– What have we gained, but are happy to lose at the end of lockdown?
– What have we gained, and want to keep?
– What have we lost, and don’t want back?
– What have we lost, and want to have back?
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Stephen Taylor
on behalf of the Church Council