After such a long wait it is great to be able to say with the Psalmist:
I was glad when they said to me "Let us go to the house of the Lord."
As you can imagine, many of us have been waiting for this time with great anticipation. We have also been mindful that we want all who wish to worship in the church to do so safely.
If you want to join us in person on a Sunday morning at 10.30, please read the information below.
SKETTY COMMUNITY CHURCH
STAYING AND KEEPING SAFE
Version 1: August 2021
This is a very vulnerable time for all churches and we ask you to recall the exhortation in Ephesians 4 to ‘be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace’.
We are acutely aware that the decisions to make church attendance safe, are challenging. In some respects, it was easier when rules were more restrictive but at least definite. How we make decisions may prove to be as important to churches as the decisions themselves. We appeal to everyone involved to be kind to each other, to listen well, to appreciate the pressure leaders are under, and to compromise accordingly.
(adapted from BU Statement)
Church – but not as we knew it!
As regulations currently allow, the following are deemed to be good practice. You will be kept informed of any changes when they occur.
Please do not consider attending a church service if:
You have a high temperature
You have a new continuous cough
You have a loss/change to your sense of smell or taste.
You are already self-isolating
Test and Trace: As we hold the contact details of church members and regular attenders, we will register you if you attend a service (like being back in school). Only visitors will be asked for contact details. If your phone allows, please make use of the church QR code on display in the foyer. The register for any Sunday service will be kept for 21 days and then shredded.
Clean your hands on entry.
Wear a mask at all times.
Be prepared to be shown to your seat. You may have enjoyed sitting in your traditional seat/row, but the layout has been altered to
accommodate as many as safely as possible. Our maximum attendance is now set at 48.
At the end of the service, exit via the back door of the Church building. If you have a mobility issue, please remain in your seat to allow most people to leave, before you attempt to leave via the front door and ramp.
Services may be hybrid in nature. That is, contributions may come live, others may have been pre-recorded.
Singing is permitted, but with a mask covering. Please do not try to sing extra loud to compensate. We will remain seated during any singing. Be prepared for some of the hymns/songs to be pre-recorded.
Communion can take place on the last Sunday of the month, but separate guidelines will be produced for that service.
Front and back doors, as well as two windows, will be left open for the duration of the service.
Church hymn books and Bibles will not be available for use.
Whatever you bring with you to the service, please take home with you at the end.
Toilets: we ask that only one person at a time enter the toilets, and that any hard surfaces you touch are wiped with disinfectant wipes and then disposed of in the bin before you exit.
We would ask that we do not greet each with holy kisses or hugs! There will be a time for that, but not yet. Please make do with holy fist pumps or elbow knocks!
No offertory will be taken. (Should you wish to financially contribute to the church, please speak to one of the Deacons.)
Should you find yourself going the same way as others, always try to maintain a 2m gap to the next person. Please bear this in mind when you are holding a conversation with others outdoors.
When we have tea and coffee at the end of the service, the rules change slightly:
wear a mask on entry, and wash your hands
place your order at the hatch
take a seat
you can now take off your mask
refreshments will be brought to you
Windows and doors will be kept open in the Hall.
Pease exit via the Fire Doors, unless you have a mobility issue.
In the unlikely event of a fire, the usual drill needs to be followed, and all seek to meet at the bottom of the drive. Once there, please maintain social distance.
Should you feel unwell during a service, please notify one of the stewards/deacons.
If you are concerned or confused about any practice that you see in operation on a Sunday morning, please notify a Deacon.
A comprehensive Risk Assessment has been produced for our Sunday service, If you wish to read it, please notify one of the Deacons.
A similar set of safety guidelines will be written for all who use our Hall when it reopens for community use.