Staying safe 

Meeting together is an important part of the Christian faith, but so is loving our neighbours.  So we are following all the national health guidance to keep Sunday as safe as it can be.  Here are the main areas:

  • Keeping apart – sitting in household groups at least 2m apart.
  • Keeping hands clean – washing hands in sinks on arrival.
  • Keeping surfaces clean – between services, putting out fresh chairs.
  • Keeping air clean – fewer people, more ventilation and no singing yet.
  • Keeping track- staying away if we have symptoms & working with NHS trace & contact.  

Covid layout
Before the service we’ll:

  • Plan more smaller services so there's room for everyone at a safe distance. 
  • Clean surfaces, especially those we touch more often (taps, toilets, door handles, audio-visual equipment). 
  • Mark out a 2m queue for the entrance & one-way system for the corridor.
  • Open doors and windows for ventilation and so we don’t have to touch handles.
  • Remind everyone to stay at home if they have symptoms or recent contact with the virus.

At the service we’ll:

  • Sit with our own household or bubble, with parents supervising children.
  • Listen to songs rather than sing, with words on screen rather than church Bibles.
  • Leave at the end rather than staying to chat. You could invite someone for a walk instead.
  • Use hand sanitiser before & after entering toilets (as well as normal hand washing).
  • Keep a register for 3 weeks to help the NHS trace and contact scheme.
  • Wear face coverings (for those who find it manageable).

For more detail, follow the link to our full ‘risk assessment holding church services during COVID-19’.  This follows and applies government health guidance as summarised by the Church of England here. School guidelines apply for children & youth. We are working on separate risk assessments.