Following the announcement that churches can open for corporate worship in July, here’s what you need to know about the reopening of St George’s Church.
The church is now open. 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:
STAY HOME IF UNWELL
Stay at home if you feel unwell or have symptoms, until you are given medical clearance to stop isolating. Coronavirus symptoms include a continuous cough, high temperature, and the loss of your sense of smell or taste. If you have the symptoms of the Coronavirus, the NHS number to call is 111.
WEAR A FACE MASK
Wearing a face mask is now compulsory in churches to help lower the risk of infection for other people. Children under 11 are exempt and those who cannot wear face masks because of a disability. We have free disposal face masks at the main door of the church – you are welcome to help yourself. Here’s how to wear them.
SANTISE YOUR HANDS
Regularly santise or wash your hands and those of your children for at least 20 seconds. Hand santiser will be located by the doors of the building. The toilets are open for use. Hand washing posters in the toilets demonstrate a good hand washing technique.
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE
Please keep 2 meters between households. This can be reduced to 1 meter provided that extra measures are taken such as wearing a face mask or sitting side-by-side. Please enter the church through the main door and follow the one-way system. In seating, please sit with 2 chairs between you and the next household or social bubble. Sadly, we’ll have to refrain from shaking hands or other physical signs of affection!
Ensure that you cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough. Then dispose of the tissue and wash or sanitise your hands promptly. Avoid touching your face. Tissues are located by the front door of church and there are bins around the building.
QUESTIONS ABOUT REOPENING
IS THE CHURCH OPEN?
Yes, our corporate services resumed on Sunday 5th July, 10.30am. Church are currently not affected by the recent limit of social gatherings to 6 people. 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. Please stagger your arrival at church to help prevent queues. Stewards will give you safety information when you arrive at church.
DO I NEED TO WEAR A FACE MASK?
Yes. We must now 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. Please take your face masks home and reuse them if possible.
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. If there are people outside waiting to get into church, please stand 2 meters away from the person in front of you.
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. Please follow the one way system when in the building and exit the church through the hall door.
HOW LONG WILL THE SERVICE BE?
The service will be shorter than usual, around 45 minutes long.
CAN CHILDREN COME TO CHURCH?
Yes. Children are most welcome. We will be running our children’s groups from September. Our services will also have a children’s slot. Please bring something for young children to occupy them, as our toys have been removed. The Lounge can be used for young children during the service, where the service can be watched via the relay. Please try and ensure your children remain socially distanced from others in church. We know it will be difficult!
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?
The stewards will help direct you to a seat. However, if you come on your own, please head for the largest rows of seats so that we can get someone else on the row. If you are in one of the more vulnerable health categories, please sit towards the back of church.
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). Remember your own Bible if you want to follow the passage or are doing a reading – we use the NIV translation. We will provide hand sanitiser and face masks, but you may wish to bring your own.
WILL THERE BE SINGING?
There will be no congregational singing during the service. This is to reduce the risk of droplet infection. However, there will be live and pre-recorded music, which we will listen to during our services.
WILL THERE BE HOLY COMMUNION?
Holy Communion will be held on the third Sunday of the 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?
No. We will not be serving refreshments after the service as usual. If you or your children are likely to require a drink, we would suggest bring a bottle of water or juice. Please do not bring food to consume in the building.
WILL THE ONLINE CHURCH SERVICE CONTINUE?
We will stream our services live from 10.30am for the time being. 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 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.
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