Post lockdown arrangements

EMERGING FROM THE CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS

 

This week sees the end of the restrictions placed on each of us since last March in order to keep us safe from the virus. It hasn’t gone away, it never will go away, and although the number of infections are rising (in part because of the significantly greater availability of testing kits, and I am sure, the behaviour at the Euro matches) the number of people in hospital, unlike last year, is still low – thanks to the government’s vaccination programme. And whether we agree with the vaccinations or not, it is our responsibility to have the vaccination when we are able to for the sake and safety of everybody else. Not doing so is both selfish and reckless!

However, as we emerge from the restrictions, there are still many who live in fear of the Coronavirus, and we want to be able to fully, safely worship together. Therefore the following arrangements will be applying to our worship:

 

FACEMASKS

Facemasks will no longer be compulsory, however if you feel safer wearing one please continue to do so.

 

OPEN DOORS

To maximise ventilation we shall continue to keep our large doors open at every service as late in the year as possible.

 

SOCIALLY DISTANCED SEATING

There is no need to sit socially distanced, or in your own bubble, but if you look to sit near to someone, especially if they are wearing a facemask, do confirm they are happy for you to do so.

 

SINGING

We are all able to sing in church again so our full range of Sunday services, as amended by our PCC begin again in August

 

COLLECTION

We will continue to ask you to leave your offering in a plate as you enter the church.

 

THE PEACE

We will continue with our practice of “A wave of peace” rather than returning to milling around and shaking hands.

 

CONTACTLESS BLESSING

This will continue should you prefer this to receiving Communion.

 

COMMUNION WINE

We await guidance about sharing wine together from the one chalice and will act accordingly. However, despite the ‘safety’ afforded by the silver or gold inside the chalice (meaning viruses can’t stick to it) and the wine being alcoholic (and alcohol kills the virus) and the chalice being wiped and turned after each person has drunk from it, we understand you may not wish to receive the wine. To gauge ‘the demand’ for sharing the chalice (if we are able to) you will be asked on arrival in church over the next few weeks whether you wish to receive bread and wine, bread or a contactless blessing.

 

COFFEE AFTER OUR SERVICE

This will begin again in the Autumn.

 

SOCIAL EVENTS

These will start again next month with a “Release from Lockdown” quiz – more details in the next couple of weeks.

 

TRACK AND TRACE

We will continue to record everybody at our services and share this information with the NHS if asked.

 

 




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