Everyone is welcome whether joining us in person or online.
COVID-19 July Update – guidelines for attendance at Church
We need to ask you for a little more patience as we enter this next phase of tackling COVID-19. I am sure you will be all too aware that the Government removed all legal restrictions that it had introduced to manage the COVID-19 epidemic including any restrictions on congregational singing. However, it is all too clear that the infection rates are still rising and even in this area are reaching exponential proportions. It is with this in mind that the Deacons have discussed what measures we need to keep when we meet for worship on Sunday mornings. We have taken into account advice from the Baptist Union and other sources of advice and a new risk assessment has been done. The measures that we think will help keep everyone safe are detailed below. We want to emphasise that we see these measures as short term and as a response to the current infection levels and want to return to our pre COVID ways of meeting as soon as is reasonably possible. We will review these measures at our monthly meetings and as things change.
Guidelines for attendance at Sunday Worship
For the time being, we still need to ask you to follow the guidelines below please:
Those with any COVID symptoms are asked to not attend church meetings and worship in person
Those who have been asked to isolate are asked not to attend church meeting and worship.
Please wear a face mask at all times whilst you are in the church building unless you are exempt.
Continue to use hand sanitiser, and track and trace, as you arrive and leave.
Observe social distancing (staying 2 metres apart if possible).
Before and after the service you may congregate indoors but please keep these interactions short and in small groups (no more than 6 at distance).
For now we will not be serving refreshments after the service but expect to do so once infection levels reduce sufficiently.
You can talk more freely outdoors and in larger groups if you’d like.
The advice is still that you don’t linger for too long.
We can now return to congregational singing whilst wearing a mask but those exempt from wearing a mask are asked to do so at low volumes to reduce the levels of aerosol dispersal.
Whilst the advice from government now allows brief human contact such as hugging and shaking hands in private gatherings, the advice for now is still to remain cautious for public gatherings and so we would ask you to be sensitive to that advice and remember that not everyone will be comfortable yet.
It is planned that there will be a wider spacing between rows of seats and family groups will be asked to leave a seat spare between them and the next group. An area of seating upstairs will be available for those who do not wish to wear a mask and want to take a less cautious approach, but the deacons wish it to be understood that the premise of wearing a mask is that in wearing a mask you are demonstrating your concern for others welfare and that this is actively demonstrated by wearing your own mask.
There will be no need to book your place at church prior to attendance on a Sunday but for the time being parents are asked to book their children in for Junior Church or crèche (email email@example.com) so that the teams responsible know how many they are to expect. Children will not be expected to wear masks.
We know that for some there will be an element of disappointment in terms of expectations following the government's removal of the COVID legal requirements and up to this point we have had somewhat clear restrictions placed on us, but as the burden is now picked up by the church to make decisions, we want to take the responsibility seriously and be careful. Paul reminds us in his letter to the church at Ephesus, to “be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” There are some within our fellowship who are extremely vulnerable in health and who will be very wary about the return to normal, so we must do our best so that everyone feels safe to come back into church. We still believe that fellowship with one another in the context of our worship will be a great source of healing from all that has happened over the past year and more and these measures will hopefully be a source of encouragement to everyone that they can come along and reconnect with the church.
We so look forward to seeing lots of you soon to join in our Sunday worship and if you have any concerns and you think we can help with those in any way then please do be in touch.
With our love and in hope that things will continue to change for the better,
Nathan and the Deacons
For the foreseeable future we will continue to broadcast live on Zoom. If you don’t feel able to come to the building then please join us online from 10:35am each Sunday.
At the beginning and end of the service there will be a chance to chat with the other Zoom participants, although you will be muted during the service itself.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of the Zoom meeting.
Once a video recording of the sermon is available, you'll find a link to it on the church website at longbuckbybaptist.org.uk/sermon-video