COVID-19 guidelines for services back in the church
Here’s what you need to know…
The building is set up to welcome people safely with social distancing and all the current guidelines in place. Services will last no more than an hour. There will be plenty of music in the service, as well as readings and teaching from the Bible and time to pray. Unfortunately, we’re unable to serve refreshments at present, and although we’ll miss this part of our time together, we hope that instead, we will feed on and be refreshed by God’s Word as we meet with him.
The 10 am service will also be broadcast online for those unable to be present).
Legal restrictions for communal worship have been lifted.
We are still awaiting detailed guidance from Southwark Diocese with specifics of what this will look like for our services, but we have taken the following decisions about the guidelines for when we meet together as a church at St John's:
- There is no longer the requirement to book for the service, and we will ensure the building does not become too full.
- Would you please continue to practice social distancing and be respectful of other people’s personal space?
- Avoid handshakes and hugs unless you know the other person is comfortable with this.
- We recommend people continue to wear face coverings before and after services, but when seated for the service, please use your own discretion as to whether or not you are most comfortable wearing one.
- Would you please continue to use the hand sanitiser when entering the building?
- Church Bibles will be available to use in church, but we also encourage people to bring their own.
- We recommend leaving a space of at least one chair between you and others when seated for services, and we will continue to make sure there is plenty of space between and around the rows of chairs.
- Singing is now permitted.
- Refreshments will be served to tables at the 6 pm service but will not re-introduce coffee immediately after the 10 am Service.
Would you please get in touch if you have any questions about any of this? Our priority is to continue to do things so that everyone is kept safe and feels safe. We will publicise other groups and events' details and the planned multi-congregational approach for September over the coming weeks.
For the 6 pm service:
- Please follow the guidelines above,
- Would you please sign in on arrival and take a seat at one of the tables in groups of no more than six?
- Face masks may be removed when seated around tables but must be worn at all other times.
- Refreshments will be served to tables.
- Would you please avoid any mixing with people outside of your group of six?
We never like telling people not to come to church, but in this instance, we have to say, please don’t come if you or someone in your household is at high risk or is experiencing coronavirus symptoms.
With all the measures we have put in place, we are confident that coming to church is one of the safest things you can do with the carefully managed and socially distanced space and the greatly reduced numbers in the building. However, we also wish to reiterate that if you personally don’t feel comfortable with any of this just yet, please don’t feel pressured to take part until you feel comfortable doing so.
If you have any questions at all, please do get in touch.