We plan to be in the church building again as soon as we feel it is safe to do so.
However because Covid-19 has not gone away there will need to be a few changes to the services to ensure that everyone is as safe as we can make them. These include:
- Please arrive in good time for services, as everyone attending an act of worship ought to have contact details recorded, creating a record that we are required to keep for 21 days, as a part of the NHS Test & Trace system. Please download, print, and fill in the form here and bring it to the save to save time on the day if you have not already received and completed one:
- Please use the hand sanitiser provided when you enter the building and wash your hands thoroughly when you return home.
- Please maintain the two-metre distance rule wherever you can and socialise outside the building where the infection risk is considerably reduced
- Seats have been placed singly and in pairs with 2m gaps between the pairs. This is to allow two members of the same household to sit together, although we can amalgamate them for larger households. Please do not sit with someone from another household unless you already form a “Bubble” with them.
- Regrettably no singing – Covid can be spread by droplets in the air before you even know you have it. Anything involving deep breathing such as coughing, sneezing, singing and even speaking “with good voice projection” can therefore spread it.
- Wearing a Face Covering is now mandatory, unless there are strong health reasons not to or because someone needs to be able to lip read you (you can get face coverings with transparent windows for this). This is in order to protect others. Face coverings are only effective if they snugly cover both nose and mouth. Click this link for details: COVID 19 advice on face coverings
- Further details of what to expect at arrival and during the service can be found here: Notice for opening doors procedures
We recognise that many members of the congregation are vulnerable or of an age where staying at home is still firm governmental and public health advice. We recommend, therefore, that those of you who are aged 70 years and over should carefully consider and then decide on the balance of risk to your health before deciding to attend public worship; and our strong advice to those of you who are extremely clinically vulnerable is that you should not yet attend public worship. We plan to continue our Live Streams to support you and others who cannot attend the services as well as others in our St. Beale’s Community.