Church opens for individual private prayer

An important message about our church building slowly opening for private prayer.

As the Government has begun easing lockdown measures Churches have now been given permission to open for private prayer. Each Church is encouraged to consider what they can do and, as with every public place, there are decisions that need to be made and steps we need to take before we open our Church to the Parish.

 Over the last two weeks since the announcement members of the PCC have begun preparations for reopening.

 We have decided to test reopening by organising private prayer sessions. The dates and times have been programmed 72 hours apart to support infection control and cleaning.

 Initially we will be keeping a register of those who attend, this is in order to support the Public Health efforts with track and trace should that be required. This information will be held by PCC Members for twelve weeks and only called upon if we are notified of an outbreak of Covid-19.

These Private Prayer sessions will be open on the following dates and times:

Session 1 Thursday 25 June 2020 10:00 – 12:00
Session 2 Monday 29 June 2020 18:00 – 20:00
Session 3 Thursday 02 July 2020 10:00 - 12:00

 Going into Church:

When you go to Church there are some simple things we need you to do:

 Social distancing has been marked out on the pews

  • Please wear a face covering for the duration of your visit
  • Please note your visit will be supervised by one volunteer inside the church and two outside.
  • Only five visitors will be permitted inside Church at any one time
  • Please sanitise your hands on entry and exit
  • Take two wipes (pack provided at the church door) to sanitise the pew and the back of the pew in front of you where you sit before and after use, then dispose of the wipes in the pedal bin provided
  • The kitchen and toilet facilities will be closed
  • There will be clear markings for the pews that you are not able to use – they will be roped off.

These measures will make Church feel quite different. Please remember we are taking our first tentative steps to opening a spiritual home that we all share. We pray that you will support us with this endeavour. Arrangements will be reviewed after the first three sessions and as national guidance evolves.

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