FAQS around services & COVID 19
DO I NEED TO BOOK FOR CHURCH?
WHAT IF I HAVE COVID SYMPTOMS?
Please do not attend if you currently have any symptoms of Coronavirus. Please follow NHS guidelines and arrange to have a COVID test. Tune into the service via the livestream and come back when you are healthy.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS ARE STILL IN PLACE?
We’ll be asking you to continue to wear masks while indoors on the church site. We have some disposable ones but for the sake of the environment please try to remember to bring your own. Hand sanitiser will be available in a few different locations and we ask you to use that regularly. Windows and doors will remain open to increase ventilation so dress accordingly. We’ll have some seating that is more spaced out than normal so that if you are feeling cautious you can choose to sit down the sides or at the back of church. We’ll be asking everyone to be mindful of social contact and the preferences of others who may not feel comfortable shaking hands or sitting close to someone else.
WILL THERE BE CHILDREN’S MINISTRY?
Yes, children’s groups are back!
Little Saints (creche) will be open for 0-3 year olds and parents will be able to drop children and leave them with leaders if they feel comfortable doing so. Places will be limited by the amount of leaders available each Sunday and so you may be asked to stay if necessary. Little Saints meets in the blue room to the left hand side of the hall.
Kids church consists of two groups; Early Years and S-Club. Both meet in the hall. Early Years is for children who are 3 and over up to the end of Reception. They use the left hand door of the hall. S-Club is for school years 1-4 and they use the right hand side door to the hall.
Torches is our group for school years 5-6. They meet in the Red Shed- the wooden building to the righthand side of the hall.
All children will first of all come to the main church building for the beginning of the service. New families, or children new to our groups will be asked to come and register your children at the back of church. During the service, instructions will be given when it’s time to leave for groups.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS ARE BEING TAKEN IN CHILDREN’S GROUPS?
We are really looking forward to welcoming back Children to worship and learn about Jesus in a safe way.
As with the main church building we will be aiming to ventilate all the spaces as thoroughly as possible. Children should bring an extra layer of clothing. Our children’s leaders will be wearing masks when not presenting from the front. We’ll ask the children to sanitise their hands as they enter the building. Throughout the time we will be spot cleaning and doing a full clean down before and after each service.
If your child is experiencing any symptoms of COVID 19 please do not bring them to church and instead arrange for them to have a COVID test.
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WHAT ABOUT TEENAGERS?
Sunday Morning Youth is back! We’ll start in the main building with the rest of our church family and leave for our groups when prompted to. Groups will be meeting in the church office, the beach hut and the garden in between when weather permits. Watch out for your leaders who’ll explain where to go. All young people at secondary school are welcome along to Sunday Morning Youth. For any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
WILL WE BE ABLE TO SING?
We’re grateful that we are now permitted to sing along with worship indoors. We’ll continue to keep our masks on as we do this. God still hears and won’t mind the slight muffled effect!
WILL THERE BE AN OFFERING?
Yes there are a number of ways you can give to church on Sundays. We are trying to find low risk ways of passing round the offering baskets. If you miss those you can donate via the welcome team or using the contactless card machine at the back of church. Find out more about regular giving and gift aid at www.allsaintspeckham.org.uk/how-to-give.
WILL THERE BE TEA & COFFEE?
When COVID numbers are high in our community we will pause the serving of refreshments after the service, as this is the time with the least mask wearing and most mingling. At other times when it seems like the risk is manageable we will serve tea and coffee in the church after the service. If you can help with this team at all do send us an email at email@example.com
HOW DO I PROVIDE FEEDBACK?
We are learning as we go and keen to make improvements that help us gather safely together. If you have thoughts, ideas or want to let us know what didn’t work well or what was good or helpful for you, we are keen to hear from you. Please use the contact form below, email or call the office, or speak to a member of the staff team.
I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION NOT COVERED HERE.
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