August 30th 2020
Dear Church Family,
Words can’t express how much I have missed gathering together in person over the past few months, and while it’s been wonderful to hear how so many of you have come together to support and serve one another in different and digital ways during this time, I’m pleased to confirm that we are reopening our building for services from Sunday September 6th. For the time being we will be having an adult service at 9.45am in the worship hall, followed by a family friendly service at 11.15am in the community hall. Each service will last approximately one hour.
For some time now, we’ve prayed about the right time to reopen and asked God for the wisdom to do it safely. As you’d expect, we will continue to lean on Him, and on each other as we remain patient and work together to follow government guidelines. Restrictions for those shielding and the over 70’s were lifted on August 1st, so everyone is now welcome back, just make sure you maintain strict social distancing!
We have done everything we possibly can to make sure our building is ‘Covid-safe’, and a full risk assessment has been completed and has now been published on our church website. Thank you to Bob, Kerry and Peter for developing this, it is much appreciated.
We off course understand that some of you may still feel uncomfortable with returning to church at the moment, and If that is the case, then please do keep in touch and continue to join us online.
However, if you are showing signs of Covid-19 symptoms, then please do not come to the church building, but do contact us, so that we can do whatever we can to help. None of these circumstances are ideal, but like many of the storms we face in life, they are temporary.
We look forward to being reunited soon.
We can’t wait to welcome you back, but before you walk through the church doors, I want to remind you that reopening and staying open is a team effort. We’re doing all we can to make sure you’re safe and comfortable and we need your help, too.
What WCCC is doing...
Having one point of entry and exit equipped with hand sanitiser, and limiting capacity in the hall to allow enough space for social distancing.
Asking for your contact details as you enter, in order to keep a record for 21 days for the government test and trace programme. (You are within your rights to decline to do this if you wish.)
Providing face-coverings if you’ve forgotten yours, as these are presently mandatory.
Making the crèche available for one family per week.
Limiting touch by not serving refreshments after the service, nor passing the offering basket. The offering basket will be placed at the exit for those that prefer to continue giving that way.
Sanitising high-touch surfaces before and after services.
Helping anyone who becomes unwell with Covid-19 like symptoms during the meeting, to leave and get home and asking them to seek clinical help if necessary, and follow government guidelines.
Staying abreast of coronavirus case trends and best practices for a safe environment.
What you need to do...
Pre-book your place, indicating which service you would like to attend, as this help us to prepare enough seats for everyone to attend safely. (Space is limited, so seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis.) You can book your seat by contacting Kerry Burston via our church website/ church email by 6pm on the Thursday before that coming Sunday.
Please arrive 10 minutes before the service begins, and practise social distancing (currently 2 meters apart). If there is a long queue or the weather is bad, please wait in your car until it’s clear to come in.
The law currently requires you to wear a face covering whilst inside the building. This requirement is because: “…if you are infected but have not yet developed symptoms, it may provide some protection for others you come into close contact with.”
Bring your own hand sanitiser. But we’ll have some at the entrance and exit for those who don’t have any.
Practice social distancing, which unfortunately means avoiding hugs and handshakes for now between persons from different households or established bubbles.
Choose the safest worship experience for you. If you’re not able to attend for the reasons stated at the start of this letter, please continue watching online and stay in touch with our church community through virtual groups on Zoom and Facebook etc.
Whether you join us online or in person, we love you and we’ll see you soon.
May God continue to keep you by His amazing grace.
Yours in Christ
Contact details for pre-booking: