FAQs - Coming back to church
Are there services I can attend in church?
- Yes. Currently we are having one Sunday morning service in church at 10am, which people can attend in person. The service is also live streamed so you can watch it on Sundays from 10am on our church website. Our 6.30pm evening service is still only available online.
It takes a bit longer to get people seated, so please show up early if you can - church will be open from 9.40am.
Please enter by the main South Door, using the hand sanitiser available in the porch there and exit by the South or West Doors.
Will numbers be limited?
Yes - we are limited by the need to ensure household groups are socially distanced in church. You are invited to sign up online to attend on our website, and the sign-up form will stop working if we reach our limit.
The pews will be clearly marked up so you will be able to see where is appropriate to sit.
How do I sign up to come along?
You can either RSVP via this simple online form, or by phoning the church office. Although the service doesn’t start until 10, we would be grateful if people could turn up earlier, as it will take longer to get people seated.
In order to support the NHS Test and Trace programme, we are taking contact details for all attendees. In line with guidance issued by the Department for Health and Social Care, we will keep your details safely and in compliance with GDPR legislation for 21 days before deleting them. We will only share your details with NHS Test and Trace, in the event that it is needed to help stop the spread of coronavirus. We will not use your details for any other purposes or pass them on to anyone else.
Will there be music?
Yes. We can’t yet have congregational singing, but we can have the organ and the piano, and a single cantor singing.
Will there be communion?
Yes. Although only the bread will be distributed, and we won’t be moving around or shaking hands during the Peace.
Will I still be able to watch online?
Yes. A service will continue to be streamed as live on the church website at 10am.
When will our other Sunday services be returning?
In the coming weeks, as we learn from our experience welcoming people to our 10am service, we hope to open the church for 8am and Evensong too.
Should I wear a mask?
From 8 August 2020 it is mandatory to wear a face covering in churches. Face coverings are mainly intended to protect other people, from coronavirus COVID-19 and are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing. People speaking from the front of the church will remove their masks in order to be heard but will remain more than 2 metres away from anyone else.
Will there be loos available?
The accessible toilet will be available, and can be accessed from outside the building via the office door. It is not possible to socially distance in the regular church toilets.
How can I give?
We are not able to pass a collection plate around, but there is a donation box near the South Door, and card readers at the South and West doors. Or why not do your giving online?
Should I come if I’m particularly vulnerable to Covid19?
The decision is entirely yours, but we encourage those who are particularly vulnerable to continue to watch online for now. However, everyone will be welcome, however they decide to attend.