Covid-19 Re-Opening Information
Re-Opening Sunday 2nd August 2020
We are aware that as we reopen for public worship, the Covid 19 pandemic is still upon us and remains a very real threat. As such, we will be adhering to national guidelines from Elim HQ and from the government and a number of safeguards will be put into place. These are as follows:
– Social distancing is to be maintained in the car park and in the building. This is set at a minimum of 1m and where possible, 2m. Signage will be in place.
– Contact details will be taken from everyone entering the church, for the safety of all and to enable track and trace. If you’re one of our regulars and we already have your details, your name will be ticked off on the list, new people will have their details taken before entry can be granted.
– Seats will be set out in the church with groupings of chairs for families and single ‘distanced’ chairs for others. Chairs will be allocated by a steward.
– A one-way system will be in effect. Entry will be via main front doors into the church sanctuary and exit will be via the minor-hall doors into the car park. Use of the toilets will be via the door opposite the toilets and re-entry to the church from the toilets via the door opposite the office (all will be clearly signed, and a steward will be on hand).
– Hand sanitiser will be provided. Please wash / sanitise hands regularly. Please DO NOT wear gloves as these are counter-productive to public safety.
– Face coverings are to be worn at all times in line with government guidance (the same as in shops and other public places). Please bring a mask / face covering with you. There are disposable masks available for those who don’t have one.
– We will be worshipping together – however congregational singing is still, for the time being, not allowed by the government. We are encouraging people to bring flags, to clap, to dance and to pray aloud, to and to express their worship in any and every other way whilst the worship team play!
– The services will be no more than an hour long and will encompass every age group – from our kids and young people to older members of the congregation.
– Tea & coffee etc is not available at this time. Please bring with you, any drink or refreshments you might require. These should be in a resealable container / bottle and must be taken with you after the service.
– Online giving is strongly encouraged where possible, however, should you bring cash or cheques for the offering, the basket will be available by the door as you leave. All cash / cheques given will be held in quarantine for 72 hours before being counted and banked. We thank you for your continued giving and support.
– At the end of the service, you will be dismissed in groups to ensure social distancing outside. Please follow all guidance given by the stewards and from the platform and take note of the signs in the church.
It is my genuine hope and prayer that as we begin to meet together again, not only is every one of us kept safe, but that we also use this experience to delve deeper into the ministry of the Holy Spirit and into his presence.
Over recent days, I keep coming back to the lyrics from the contemporary hymn, the Heart of worship, by Matt Redman.
” When the music fades, all is stripped away, and I simply come. Longing just to bring; Something that’s of worth, that will bless Your heart.
I’ll bring You more than a song; For a song in itself, is not what You have required. You search much deeper within, Through the way things appear. You’re looking into my heart…”
As we come into a new process for ‘doing’ church, however long this season may last, it’s vital that we understand that worship is about the heart, and about meeting with God on his terms – coming into his presence, not about the trappings or mechanics of church.
Blessings, Pastor Mark
God Loves You!
For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only son so that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have eternal life. JOHN 3:16