Coming to Church on Sunday Mornings : What Will be Different?
Central Baptist Church now opens physically on Sunday mornings at 11.00am (there’s still a 6.30pm service, but that’s streamed on our YouTube page, here.).
We are so glad to be meeting together again, but we want to make every effort to follow government guidelines, in order to keep people as safe as possible. Please follow government advice, and do not come if you have any symptoms of Covid-19, or anyone in your household does. We recommend that you do not come if you are over 70 or shielding for any reason. Why not watch the service on YouTube (click here)?
But if you are able to come, we look forward to seeing you! It will be different to normal, so please read the following :
- Please follow government guidance when travelling to church. If you need to come by public transport, please wear a face mask. If you come by car, please do not park in the church car park, to leave room for social distancing. You are allowed to park on single yellow lines on a Sunday.
- In line with government advice, everyone should wear a face covering, please, unless you are exempt. Stewards will help you to understand the one-way system, and will show you to your seat.
- Please come to the service a little bit early. This gives us time to get everyone in safely and seated safely.
- When you approach the building, please keep 2 metres away from others (except those from your own household) at all times. You may need to queue to get in : there will be floor marking to remind you to keep 2 metres apart as you wait to enter the building.
- As you come in, we will take a note of the names of all who are entering the building. This follows government guidelines and will enable authorities to contact everyone in the event of someone who was at the service subsequently discovering they have Covid-19. If anyone comes for whom we do not have contact details, we will be asking them to give us their name and a contact number. These details will be destroyed 21 days after you attend.
- Please use the front doors of the church unless you need a ramp to get in. Those needing the ramp may use the side door.
- At each entrance, hand sanitiser (73% alcohol) will be available. Please use this as you enter and leave the building.
- You are encouraged to bring your ownBible, but if you are unable, Bibles are available to pick up. Stewards will not hand you a Bible – you need to pick one up yourself, and then leave it in your pew after the service. Readings will also be put up on the screen.
- Some pews will be taped off. This is to make sure we are socially distanced (but you may sit next to those from your own household). If you are directed to sit in a pew where another person (not from your household) is sitting, please make sure you stay 2 metres apart.
- During the service, there will be no singing, which we are sad about. But we understand the need to limit the spread of the virus. There will be music playing at some points in the service. Please resist the urge to sing!
- There will not be a collection during the service. If you wish to give, please use the offering boxes located on empty pews near the back of the church (and in the balcony). Please try not to touch the offering box as you put money in.
- If you are likely to need a drink during the church service, please bring your own bottle of water.
- The crèche will be available for use by small children, but parents must stay with their children. Please bring your OWN toys for your children. There will be no toys available in the crèche.
- We will run a socially distanced Sunday School for 3-11 year olds in two groups. Children will go out during some music before the sermon, but must NOT go out until individually called. At the end of the service, please continue to follow the one-way system. Parents will be directed to leave their seats first, and should collect their children from the lounge and/or back hall, and then immediately exit the building by the side door.
- The toilets will be available for use, but we ask you to only use them if necessary, so please make sure you go to the toilet before you leave home. If you do need to use the toilets, you may do this at any time. Please follow instructions on posters near and in the toilets, thank you!
- After the services, there will be NO refreshments. Government advice is that we should encourage people to go home straight after the service.
- Please observe the one way system when exiting the building, and please stay two metres apart from others, even outside the building. Please do not stand in aisles to talk to people. Please do not congregate outside of the church in groups of more than 6 people, and even then please socially distance.
Although it will all feel a bit different, we will get used to it quickly, and it is a good opportunity to gather together to hear God’s Word … we hope you can join us!
The church has completed and updated a thorough risk assessment, which you can see by clicking here.
If you have any questions, please do contact us using the details that can be found here.