We are following careful safety guidelines. Visitors are most welcome. Please check this website regularly for updates before visiting. Below you will find: –
- 5 steps to avoid illness.
- Answers to your questions
- Video about 3 key changes to church.
GENERAL ADVICE TO AVOID ILLNESS
Follow 5 basic steps:
QUESTIONS ABOUT REOPENING
IS THE CHURCH OPEN?
Yes, we are holding in-person Sunday services. If there are any changes, they will be posted on this page.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO KEEP OTHERS SAFE?
To help keep others safe from infection, please read the four simple steps above.
DO I NEED TO WEAR A FACE MASK?
They are no longer compulsory. But we are continuing to ask people to wear a face mask in church services to lower the risk of infection for other people (Children under 11 are exempt, those who cannot wear face masks because of a disability and those leading a service). We have free disposal face masks at the door – you are welcome to help yourself. Here’s how to wear them.
DO I NEED TO BOOK IN ADVANCE?
No. Visitors are welcome. We have a reduced seating capacity of between 63 and 28 people, depending on whether people come on their own or in a household. If we do reach capacity, we have an overflow room.
WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?
The church service will start promptly at 10.30am. Doors will open at 10am and we would ask people to stagger their arrival.
WHICH DOOR SHOULD I USE?
Please enter the building through the main church door. If you need flat access, please speak to one of the Stewards and they will let you into the building through the hall door.
HOW LONG WILL THE SERVICE BE?
The service will be shorter than usual, around 60 minutes long.
CAN CHILDREN COME TO CHURCH?
Yes. Children are most welcome. We are running our children’s groups and our services will also have a children’s slot. The Lounge can be used for young children during the service, where the service can be watched via the relay.
CAN THOSE WHO ARE VULNERABLE TO ILLNESS COME TO CHURCH?
Those at extra risk (such as the over 70s and pregnant women) and the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ should be advised of the risks of attending public worship, but the decision to attend is theirs alone.
WHERE SHOULD I SIT?
Any where you like! We are suggesting that people continue to socially distance if possible, keeping two chairs between them and the next person.
WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING?
You may wish to bring toys for your young children. If you need fluids, please bring a bottle of drink (please don’t eat food in the building). We will provide hand sanitiser and face masks, but you may wish to bring your own.
WILL THERE BE SINGING?
Congregational singing is now allowed during the service. We will wear masks when singing to help reduce the risk of droplet infection.
WILL THERE BE HOLY COMMUNION?
Holy Communion will be held on the third Sunday of every month, following the latest guidance. We will share bread but not wine.
WILL THE TOILETS BE OPEN?
Yes, the toilets will be open. Please close the toilet when flushing to stop airborne droplets. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with the provided soap. You will not be required to do special cleaning of the toilet after use.
WILL REFRESHMENTS BE SERVED?
We will be serving free tea, coffee and squash after the service.
WILL THE ONLINE CHURCH SERVICE CONTINUE?
We will stop streaming our online service publically when churches are no longer subject to restrictions. Go to stgm.uk/online. These videos will not be available to watch after the service.
WILL I BE FILMED?
No, not unless you are leading or walk across to the front of church during the service.
WILL A RECORD OF VISITORS BE KEPT FOR TRACK AND TRACE?
Yes. Names and contact details will be recorded with people’s permission. This would only be given to the government’s Track and Trace scheme if someone attending church became ill. Records will be stored according to our data protection policy and will be destroyed after 21 days. If you are a regular member and wish to opt out, please tell us. Visitors will be invited to leave their name and contact details but they may wish to decline. We also display a QR code for the new NHS Covid app for people to scan. It is not compulsory.
WHAT ARE WE DOING TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE?
We have done a risk assessment and are implementing various measures. Please watch the video above for the 3 keys changes that we are making in church. Please read the 4 steps that we are asking everyone to take.
WHEN WILL OUR OTHER GROUPS START BACK?
Please see our Calander for details of our groups.