COVID 19 : Staying safe while worshipping together

Sundays 10am Holy Communion Service

Our aim is to reopen our church for public worship, reinstate Holy Communion and keep safe all in our community. We have put measures in place to comply with current government and Church of England guidelines. Nonetheless, the risk of transmission of Covid-19 cannot be entirely eliminated and everyone present at the Sunday Service must work together to ensure as safe an environment as possible. We encourage you to make your own assessment of the risk and in deciding whether or not to attend, to make the best decision for your household.

 

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (or been in contact with someone who has) please do not attend The Annunciation South Kenton in person. Please also stay at home to complete your 14-day quarantine period if you have recently returned from international travel (or been in close proximity to someone who has) where a government quarantine is currently in place. 

(please ensure you have checked the government website information concerning quarantine requirements.https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors).

Sundays 10am Holy Communion Service online

Our 10.00am Sunday service will also remain online, accessible via our website at www.soutkentonchurch.org

Sunday Service Registration
Social distancing and safety requirements mean that we have a more limited capacity. So it will be helpful to know if you are planning to attend so that we can register you beforehand. 

Please reserve a seat using one of these options:

 

  • Leave a message via the website from the ‘contact us’ dropdown tab.                             

 

  • Leave a message on the church answer phone: 020 8908 2252* 

 

When attending the service we are obliged to take your name and a contact number and, under public health guidance, we will retain the information for 21 days from the day of each service for the purpose of track and trace before, disposing of the information. (Please refer to our online privacy policy.)

 

If you have not reserved a seat, we will do our best to accommodate you on the day where we will register you on the door. We cannot however guarantee entry.

 

When You Arrive at Church 

When you arrive, our welcome team will check you in by taking your name and phone number. You will be requested to use the sanitisers provided as you enter the building. You will need to wear a facemask whilst in the building and to keep 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household, at all times. 

Please arrive 10 minutes in advance of the service to help us get you seated in time.

For further information please refer to Church of England Guidance: 

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

Hygiene
All commonly used surfaces will have been cleaned before the service and these surfaces will also be cleaned after the service. Toilets will be made available on request. Please close the seat when flushing the toilet and wipe all surfaces down with the anti-bacterial wipes provided, before washing your hands.

Following any visit to The Annunciation, in the event that you start to experience symptoms of COVID19 please let us know as soon as possible by contacting Revd Trevor Goddard on the above number*  so we can confidentially track and trace everyone who was there on that date.

 

Social Distancing 

When you arrive, you will sit within your family gathering or separately if you have arrived on your own.  Children are welcome but will be required to remain seated with their family at all times to ensure social-distancing guidelines are followed. Please take responsibility for any children in your care. Movement will be restricted for social distancing purposes, and at the end of the service, we ask that you remain seated until the Welcome Team usher you out of the building safely.

Please note that for the foreseeable future, to ensure we are complying with safety measures, the creche area and play equipment will not be in use. 

When Junior Church is able to start again children will have their own zip cases with their own mark making/writing and colouring equipment – they will use hand sanitiser on going into the group and on leaving it to re-join their family.

Worship
To prevent transmission, we will not initially be singing out loud when we gather, but rather worship through our liturgical responses, through pre-recorded or live solos or duets, prayers, Bible readings, sermon and participation in Holy Communion. 

 

Administering Holy Communion                                                                                 

Because of the nature of our worship space, people will be directed one at a time to walk forward and take communion. When you are invited to step forward, please continue to wear your mask, stretch your hands out and receive the bread. Do pull down your mask to take the bread and then replace before returning to your seat.

 

Meeting after Church
For the foreseeable future there will be no post-service refreshments. We encourage you to bring your own bottle of water or personal flask with hot drink and gather together outside and while observing social distancing and weather permitting, to catch up with each other.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back to our worship space and hope this will enable you to feel as safe as you are able and free to worship God together.

 

Revd. Trevor Goddard

On behalf of the PCC.

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