Reopening Berwick Baptist Church for Sunday worship
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We are looking forward very much to reopening Berwick Baptist Church for Sunday services, as from Sunday the 6th September (10.30am). As we are sure you will appreciate, services will be very different as we seek to reduce risk to the church family in every way that we can.
Please note that the number of seats in church is now limited in order to comply with the necessary social distancing measures. We have space for 33 people to attend services and, unfortunately, will not be allowed to let anyone in after capacity is reached.
Our weekly online services will continue for those who are not attending in person, so you will continue to receive an email with links to the online service or you can access it via the church website www.berwickbaptistchurch.com or via the church Facebook page.
We have put together a list of what to expect if you do come along to church, and what is required of anyone attending:
· If you are showing any symptoms of Coronavirus, please do not attend ie a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell
· Please follow the government guidance on self-isolation if you have symptoms, have tested positive for Coronavirus, have been asked to self-isolate by the Track and Trace service, or if you have returned from foreign travel ie do not attend church if, for any reason, you are required to self-isolate
· If you are regarded as ‘vulnerable’ please follow the government guidance and do not attend church for the time being. We will continue to offer other methods of sharing in worship, as has been the case throughout lockdown
· Due to all the necessary precautions that have been put in place to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus whilst attending church, please expect the following:
¨ You will be greeted outside the main door to the church but, sadly, there will be no handshaking or physical contact possible.
¨ Please do not arrive too early for the service in order to limit the amount of time spent in the building
¨ We will be required to take your contact details (unless we already hold them) for Track & Trace purposes ie name and contact number. These will be stored securely, not used for any other purpose, and destroyed after 21 days
¨ Please social distance if queuing outside the building and at all times whilst inside the building
¨ Please do not move around during the service, unless you need to go to the toilet
¨ The toilet will be available but please avoid using it if at all possible
¨ It is now mandatory to wear a face-mask in church (unless you are exempt) so please bring one with you
¨ Please use hand sanitiser on entry to the building (this will be provided)
¨ There will be a one-way system in operation where required
¨ Chairs will be spaced 2 meters apart. Family groups/couples should sit together and can move their chairs together as long as they are still 2 meters from others
¨ There must be no physical contact between people from different households
¨ The service will be shorter than normal with no singing and everyone must leave promptly afterwards
¨ There will be no refreshments served and no gathering for conversation before or after the service (inside or outside the building)
¨ You will be asked to exit row by row, starting from the back
¨ Please bring your own Bible if you wish to follow readings
¨ Children must stay with their parents at all times and those under 11 must be accompanied to the toilet
¨ Please give your offering by bank transfer, if at all possible, but there will be a collection plate at the back of the church if you wish to give cash
We absolutely appreciate that services will seem very strange for the time being, but we believe it is good for us to open our doors and make meeting together possible for those who would like to do so. Please do not feel under any pressure whatsoever to attend if you are not comfortable with it. We fully understand.
We look forward very much to the day when we can all meet together to worship our Lord without restrictions, whenever that may be. You continue to be very much in our thoughts and prayers during these strange times.
John, Helen, Dave, Kim and Linda