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 lock down and gather face to face, one of the ways we show love for one another is through working together to keep our spaces as COVID-safe as we can.

The guidance below explains some of the things you need to know about attending face to face worship at WGMC. Guidance last updated 27/11/20, additions in bold

Worshipping face to face with one another in love

General Guidance (updated 27/11/20)

  • 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
  • Additional note as we enter Tier 2: While in the building, please do not ‘interact with anyone outside your household or support bubble’.

  • 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 try 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 and not ‘interact with anyone outside your household or support bubble’ while in the building.
  • 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.
  • Other areas 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.