Covid-secure Worship Guidance

Guidance for those attending face to face worship at BRMC

Jesus challenged his disciples to ‘love one another, as I have loved you’ (John 15:12). As we emerge from lockdown and begin gathering face to face, one of the ways we show love for one another s through working together to maintain a COVID-secure environment. 

Read below, or download Worshipping face to face with one another in love our leaflet that explains some of the things you need to know about attending face to face worship at BRMC. Guidance last updated 14/10/20.

Download File: BRMC worship guidance 2 

Worshipping face to face with one another in love

General Guidance

  • Please do not attend face to face worship if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 (high temperature, new or continuous cough, change/loss to sense of taste/smell)
  • At all times please maintain 2m social distance between households
  • Wear a face covering while in the building (unless medically or otherwise exempt)
  • Additional guidance may be given by stewards/preacher as appropriate.

Arrival

  • The building will open for the congregation from 10:15.
  • Please do not arrive before that time.
  • On arrival please queue on the pavement, 2m distance from one another.
  • A steward will let you know when to enter the building.

Entering

  • Please follow the one-way system (marked with green arrows)
  • Please use the hand sanitiser provided in the foyer
  • As you enter the worship area, another steward will take your contact details for our track and trace record
  • The offering plate will be at the back of the church as you arrive.
  • Follow the one-way system to find a seat and remain there until the service ends (steward will assist).
  • You will need to sit with your household/bubble.
  • We will initially have a capacity set at 30 people.

Worship

  • Worship services will last 30-45 minutes.
  • We encourage you to bring your own bible with you.
  • There will be no singing, notice sheets or handouts.
  • We will explore how to make best use of the new screen and instrumental music over the coming weeks.
  • Children and young people will need to remain with parent/carers throughout.

Communion

  • When communion is celebrated every effort will be made to ensure it is celebrated as safety and hygienically as possible.
  • Communion will be shared in one kind only (bread).
  • Communion will be brought to you in your seats.
  • On the day Rev Dan will talk through in more detail what will happen.

After Worship

  • Please wait until a steward indicates it is safe for you to leave.
  • Please follow the one-way system through the John Wesley room.
  • Note that there will be no refreshments served at the moment.

Additional

  • Please note that while people are arriving (between 10:15 and 10:30 the toilets will not be accessible.
  • The toilet in the choir vestry can be used during this time in an emergency.
  • In the first phase the rest of the building (corridor/vestry/upstairs/hall etc) will be closed. This reduces the amount of cleaning that needs undertaking by our volunteers.

 And Finally…

  • As we learn from the first few weeks, or as guidance and legislation changes,
    we will update our planning and this guidance
  • If you are planning to attend face to face worship in the coming weeks, we look forward to seeing you soon.
  • If you are unsure, have decided not to attend for the moment, or can’t attend, please know that you continue to be in the thoughts and prayers of others.