Here's an update on how we're currently responding to Coronavirus.
Return to in-person services from Sunday 14th March
We very reluctantly decided to close the building in early January, even though the government allowed churches to stay open and keep meeting throughout this third lockdown. We took that decision for a number of reasons, including the very high local case numbers and the overflowing hospitals in this area at the time. But we were clear that such a decision could only ever be in place for a short time at the height of the crisis, because (other than in exceptional cases) God’s people need to meet together in person, for our good and his glory. By the mercy of God, those case numbers have since fallen dramatically, and vaccinations have begun to reduce the risk to public health from this virus. We have therefore decided that now is the time to re-open the building and meet again, for all who can, for public worship. We will do so from Sunday 14th March.
Children and young people
Sadly, the law currently does not allow us to have any children’s groups running, either on Sundays or midweek. We hope this will change when the government introduces ‘Step 2’ of its unlocking programme, which is currently scheduled for 12th April. We realise that, for the next few weeks, this restriction will make it more challenging for families with younger children to join us in person. We very much hope you will feel able to nonetheless. To help you with that, we will be adapting our services on 14th and 21st March to make them a little easier for our young people. We will also continue to provide online Sunday teaching for Scramblers and Explorers in these weeks. From 28th March until 19th April inclusive, our services will be All Age, especially designed for all of us to stay together. After that point, as the summer term starts, we expect to be able to begin our young people’s groups again.
Meeting in person
Here are some of the precautions we're taking to make our building Covid-secure when we hold in-person services and groups. In accordance with Government and Church of England guidelines we have completed, and are adhering to, a Covid-19 Secure Risk Assessment. If you would like to see a copy of this assessment or have any questions, please contact us.
To help keep everyone safe and follow the government's regulations, we're asking everyone to:
Stay at home if you have any possible Covid-19 symptoms
Use hand sanitiser on arrival
Maintain social distancing by trying to stay 2 metres apart from others
Wear a face covering at all times while you are in the building, unless you are exempt
Wash your hands frequently
Complete a Test and Trace form if you're new or visiting us