Steps towards re-opening
Following government changes to the level of social restrictions and in line with Church of England guidance, there are some increasing freedoms to hold small services in our church buildings. This will excite some and make others very nervous. Some are ready to get out and about again, whilst others in our congregations are choosing to remain socially isolated for the moment. That is fine and I hope we can remain understanding and patient towards one another, whatever decisions we individually make.
Starting to re-open our buildings in small ways is going to be an unsettling time. So we are going to take things slowly. Preparing our buildings and organising gatherings to be Covid safe is not going to be an easy task, and the type of services we can hold in church will be very different to what we were used to. There will be strictly limited numbers, we will probably have to book in advance, there will be no singing, no refreshments, lots of hand-gel and more. Which means for now, we are expecting the online services to be the main way we are fed, encouraged and guided by God’s word for many months to come. But at the same time, we are going to slowly and carefully explore, what a return to services in our buildings might look like.
Upcoming Sunday Services
On Sunday 16th August we hope to hold our first Sunday Services since the start of lockdown. More details will appear here in due course, along with advice about how to book a place at the services.
To ensure that social distancing is maintained we have to strictly limit the number of people entering our buildings. Therefore we will be asking everyone to book in advance. The idea of booking in advance for church services will seem very strange at first, but we do not want people to be disappointed when they are turned away at the door because all the seats are taken. We also need to arrange the seating plan in advance, so that households are sat together.