We have really missed meeting and worshipping together as a community, and understand that church will be very different from what we are all used to, however to ensure that we all remain safe and well we must all follow the government guidelines for places of worship, these may seem strict and you may feel them unnecessary but we ask you to take them seriously for the safety of others and yourself.
Social distancing will be in place throughout the church building, please ensure that you stay 2 metres apart where possible. All the chairs in the sanctuary have been placed at least 2 metres apart. Families and support bubbles will of course be able to sit together. The chairs we use for services are sanitised after each service and are not used for any other group during the week.
Sanitise Hands & Track and Trace
Everyone will be asked to sanitise their hands upon entering the building. You already know this, but please do not shake hands or hug each other, and do not attend if you have any Covid-19 symptoms. If you have a suitable smartphone and the NHS Covid App please scan the QR at the entrance to record your attendance, if not don’t worry we will record your attendance manually and retain records for 21 days.
If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 after attending a church service, you must inform a member of the leadership immediately and get a COVID-19 test
Everyone will need to wear a face mask upon entering the building and this must be worn for the duration of the service. The face mask must be covering your nose and mouth, unfortunately a clear face shield is not a suitable alternative. If you do wish to wear a face shield, then a mask must be worn underneath. Please bring your own facemask with you as we will not have any spare masks in church. Children under the age of 11 are not required to wear a face mask, nor those with specific medical needs – if you are exempt please feel free to use the government exemption card template found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own or contact the church as we may be able to help you produce one.
Preachers or worship leaders will not be required to wear a mask, but they will be a minimum of 3 metres away from the front row of seats.
The two toilets with ventilation will be open, please do not use the disabled toilet unless you have specific needs.
Doors and windows when possible will be open during the service to ensure the building is well ventilated. For your own comfort please make sure you bring layers, jackets, coats etc. to stay warm.
Singing & Worship
Singing will not be allowed during the service. This will be difficult but other forms of worship will be encouraged and of course music will continue to be part of each service.
Refreshments & Social Interaction
There will be no refreshments after the service for the time being.
Please be careful to keep your social interaction immediately outside the building to small groups, and as possible alternatives meet up by walking on the Parish field, the Lickey Hills, or at outside hospitality venues.
Clinically Vulnerable or Over 70
Those who are clinically vulnerable or those over 70 are not generally attending services, support networks will continue to run and develop for this group of people, including online and recorded services, published material and pastoral support. Just to emphasise everyone is welcome as long as you feel safe.
Offerings will still be taken at each service, but the offering bags will not be passed around, instead there will be an offering tin on the table in the foyer.