Coronavirus Guide

Your guide to socially distanced church during the COVID-19 outbreak.

We are so excited to be reopening! As it is so important that we do everything we can to protect ourselves and each other from catching coronavirus, please carefully read the guidelines below before attending a service and follow them at all times.

Attending

You must stay at home if:

  •  You have any symptoms of coronavirus (high temperature, persistent dry cough or loss of taste and smell) or have tested positive in the past 14 days.

  •  Someone in your household or support bubble has symptoms or has tested positive in the past 14 days.

  •  You have been told to self-isolate by NHS.

You should stay at home if:

  • You or a member of your household is shielding due to a health condition.

  • You are ‘extremely clinically vulnerable’.

  • Government advice for the clinically vulnerable (eg. age over 70) is advisory and people in this group can choose how to manage their own risks and make their own decision about attending.

Arriving

  • If you can, please arrive by 10.15am to give us time to seat everyone by 10.30am.

  • If you arrive after 10.40 am please be as quiet as possible as we will be live streaming the service over Zoom.

  • You DO NOT NEED to book a seat before the service.

  • If you are coming with others you are welcome to sit together, if you are from the same household or bubble.

  • If you are participating in the service you will need to sit at the front of the Church arrive around 10.15 am and sit away from those you have come with.

  • Face coverings are required – please bring your own. Children under 11 do not need to wear masks, as per government guidelines, but they can if they wish to.  If you are exempt from wearing a face mask, please have your card on display.

  • On arrival, please enter by the side car park or main entrance on Cheam Road.

  • Please keep a 2 metre distance from others.

  • On entering the church, you must sanitise your hands.

  • We may ask for your phone number when you arrive, if we do not already have it. This is to enable us to contact you if someone tests positive for coronavirus within 2 weeks of attending the service as you.

  • A steward will direct you into the church and to your seat. You should not sit with anyone outside of your household or support bubble.

Toilets

  • Please try to use the toilet before you leave your home to avoid needing to use the toilets at church. The service will be a little shorter than normal, if possible, please wait until you get home to use the toilet.

  • If you do need to use the toilets, please queue alone (except for assisted disability). An exception is also made for children under 11 who must be accompanied by a parent.

  • Please clean your hands using the sanitiser provided upon entering the toilets.

  • Please clean as best as possible the handle and toilet seat with the sanitising wipes provided after using the toilet.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and dry using paper towels. Dispose of the towels in the bin provided.

During the Service

  • Please stay in your allocated seat and do not remove your face shield to turn around to talk to others.

  • To ensure good ventilation, doors will be kept open. In colder weather, please wear warm

  • clothing. Bring only items you will need and keep all your belongings with you.

  • Please bring a small bottle of water and a pack of clean tissues with you to use during the service if needed. Please take your rubbish home with you or place in the bins by the exit.

  • All our services are child friendly and there are currently no activities for children please bring quiet toys for your child, should they need them.

  • Unfortunately, there will be no refreshments after the service.

  • Physical touch (Hugging, kissing and handshakes) with anyone outside of your household is not allowed.

  • Unfortunately, congregational singing is not allowed but songs may be sung by individuals at the front during the service.

  • Let us pray for wisdom and safety for us all as we re-open our church.