COMING TO CHURCH
Temporary Lockdown Update • Church online only until restricitons ease, join us online at 11am and 5.30pm
ATTENDING CHURCH - What to expect
With the ever-changing guidelines, here is the place with the latest information about attending church during this season and what to expect.
As things continue to change, we will be re-assessing and adjusting our practices for a Sunday to ensure everyone's safety. We trust our leaders, and are determined to honour them. We will continue to follow our government’s guidance as they lead us through the route map measures.
As of the 15th July 2020 places of worship have been able to open for corporate worship, with restrictions in place.
The current restrictions in place mean that this will feel different from how it was before, and how it will be in the future - but we know there is something special about God’s people gathering together in the same place, and we are excited to see how God will draw worship out of us in new ways - both in the room, and online.
Currently under the latest guidance (5th Jan 2021), places of worship are required to close for worship, but can open for the purposes of leading an act of worship (broadcast or online). For this reason, we will be gathering online only at 11am and 5.30pm until these restrictions change.
We’re so thankful we can continue to live stream our services, and provide prayer ministry and all the extras for you at home.
WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE FOR THOSE WHO MEET IN THE BUILDING?
We will need you to arrive 15 minutes early, to join a (socially distanced) queue outside.
You’ll need to bring your own mask, and wear it while inside the building. We'd appreciate you using rhe hand sanitiser provided upon entering and exiting also.
We will check you in using Church Suite, our online register system. All members of each party must be registered in Church Suite prior to attending on a Sunday, you can submit these details via the attendance survey.
Our host team will give a warm welcome, and help you find a seat. Everyone will strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Church will begin right on time!
Only the worship leader will be able to sing, and they will be behind a perspex screen. Those of us in the room will worship wholeheartedly and creatively - but without singing. Bring a journal if you’d like! We’re excited to see how God will reveal new ways to worship Him through this season.
There is prayer ministry available in the room (and online).
Toilets will be for emergency use only.
We won’t encourage mingling inside the building, and won’t have donuts or hot drinks. We do however encourage you to visit a local spot for a takeaway coffee after the service if you fancy, or (following the rules!) go for a walk, visit a local park etc.
We’ll collect shares before the service begins, and you can continue to email them in (email@example.com), but we won’t pass the share mic around.
Communion is available, you can pick up your individual communion bread and wine on entering the building or during either of the worship sets.
When we can gather in the building (max capacity of 50 total) Kids ministry will be available at the morning service and the evening service. Creche is available at the morning service. Again you can register to attend via the church attendance survey.
If you feel unwell in any way, please stay home and join us online!
WHAT ABOUT CHURCH ONLINE?
Our morning and evening services will be live streamed at their usual times! All of the online service features will continue as normal. We’re so thankful for this incredible resource and means of worshipping together.
HOW WILL I KNOW I HAVE A SPACE AT THE SERVICE?
Spaces for each service are allocated weekly, not on a first come first served basis.
Confirmation invites for each Sunday service are emailed out on the Thursday prior to each Sunday, so keep an eye on your inbox (remember to check your junk mail)!
If people register interest after spaces have been allocated on Thursday, we operate a reserve list through the attendance survey and we’ll do our best to allocate space on the Sunday morning itself. Those on the reserve list will be contacted before 9.30am via email on the Sunday if there is space available.
With this in mind, if your availability changes at any point from what you have submitted, or if you can no longer attend the service you have been confirmed for, please email us as soon as you can and this means we will be able to re-allocate your space with more time to spare!