Guidance for coming to church

We have now resumed regular 10.30 am Sunday services

Here is everything you need to know about how we are complying with government and Methodist Church guidance, and so keeping each other safe.

Please read this guidance 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.

Updated 2 August 2020: face coverings are now mandatory
Updated 16 August 2020: a small group is now permitted to sing

Before you come

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

Bring a mask: face coverings are now mandatory in communal indoor spaces. Please bear in mind that some people are exempt from wearing them, and 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 test-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 are arranged singly and in groups. If you come alone, please sit on a single seat, leaving 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 Young Explorers are meeting separately in the Lower Park Hall and are not coming into the church at present.

There is no crèche available at present.

Toilets are 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.

A small group is permitted to sing (so long as they remain distanced), so a group of choir members may sing one of the hymns.

After the service

Please take your order of service away with you. If books are used please leave them on your seat.

Tea and coffee will not be served.

Please leave the building promptly, observing social distancing, and do not remain inside the church for conversation.

Once outside, observe government guidance for meeting people.

We aren't holding communion services yet; we will do so when we feel it can be done safely.

We will keep things under review and update this information as necessary.

Details of forthcoming services

Page last updated: 19th September 2020 2:11 PM