Coronavirus Update

Updated 28th January 2021

It is with great regret that we had to take the decision to close the church for worship at the start of January and postpone the introduction of Live Streaming after just one service. Thank you, Gwen Leslie and the AV team, for the streamed service on 3rd January.

We are grateful to preachers, the AV team, and the music coordinator for returning to the weekly production of prerecorded services.

As soon as it is possible, we hope to plan a phased reintroduction of worship in the sanctuary. This will probably take the form of streamed services without a congregation and then invite people to return to worship when it is safe to do so.

We pray for the time when we can all worship together as a church family. In the meantime, keep safe.

Jim Gillings on behalf of the Covid19 strategy Group.

As we are a large community building it has been decided by the COVID- Security Strategy Group to stagger and zone the reopening of the building – so each reopening can be progressed safely, after careful risk assessments have been completed. You will be able to see the guidelines the group are following from the links in each section.

Our zones are:-

  1. Sanctuary Zone – comprising the Sanctuary, the Welcome Area, the accessible
    toilet in the Welcome Area and the Balcony (for authorised users only).
  2. Office Zone – comprising the stairs, the upstairs hallway, the office and the
    upstairs toilets only (access to this entire zone strictly restricted to Liz and Sarah
    and subject to Government Workplace Guidelines).
  3. Hall Zone – comprising rear door and hallway, rear accessible toilet, and the hall.

Our planned reopening programme is as follows: –

Phase One – completed

Trial opening of Sanctuary Zone for Sunday mornings with a small invited congregationto share pre-recorded worship.

Opening of Office Zone.

Phase Two – completed

Re-opening of Sanctuary Zone for Sunday morning worship, with numbers restricted and on the basis of pre-booking and strict adherence to COVID-Security Restrictions.

       Please see our letter to church members here, and our online booking here.

Phase Three – completed

Re-opening of Hall Zone to uniformed organisations only, subject to approval of their formal risk assessments by Church Council and the acting Superintendent, and to their signing of a disclaimer.

Phase Four (date to be confirmed, based on review of Phases Two and Three)

Re-opening of Coffee Bar, subject to implementation of all measures directed in Government Guidance and Methodist Church Guidance.

Phase Five (date to be confirmed, based on review of previous Phases)

Implementation of regular and rigorous cleaning regime and possibly reopening the Sanctuary Zone to other Church groups, such as Spectrum and Wednesday Prayers.

The Church Council, advised by the COVID group must reserve the right to pause or reverse movement from one phase to the next, and to review any proposed dates for movement from one stage to the next. In other words, if conditions are in any way unsafe, we would return to a previous phase, or not progress to the next stage.
The guidelines we are following can be found under government guidance and also the Methodist Church website here.