Church to reopen on November 15th...
The following letter has been sent out to all regular church attenders:
With the opening of church on Sunday November 15th, I thought I should confirm the new arrangements should you wish to attend.
Only attend if you believe that you are Covid symptom free.
You need to reserve your seat(s) by contacting me by Saturday 14th, and it will be a case of “first come first serve”. (contact via email or 07543 601 626)
The service will be watching the online service together and apart from a welcome, there will be no additional input form myself or anyone else, neither will there be communal singing, offertory or spoken prayers.
At all times social distancing, hand cleansing and the wearing of a face mask will be mandatory.
You will need to register your attendance either by paper register or QR code.
There will be a one-way system in operation.
You will be shown to your seat.
At the conclusion of the service you will be expected to leave the building promptly, and whilst outside, conversations with others needs to be socially distanced. There will not be the usual coffee/tea at the conclusion of the service.
None of us have ever attended a service with these requirements in place, but for the foreseeable future, this seems to be the way for church (the people) to meet.
As previously mentioned, this format will not suit all of us, and so many will watch the service at home. That is also fine and right. The opening of church will be for those who have a particular need to meet in the building, and I would also ask that you join me in praying that there may be some in the community who would wish to “go to church” in these challenging times.
It goes without saying that at the time of writing this letter, all the above is permitted. Should new regulations be put in place before November 15th, then a review may be called for.
Please do not hesitate to contact me for clarification of anything written above.
Peace be with you dear brothers and sisters, and may God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you love with faithfulness. (Ephesians 6 v 23)