Covid-19

The Government has announced that, from 4th July 2020, churches can meet together physically again for the first time since March. After consultation with the school, we’re really excited to be able to meet together on Sunday mornings, from Sunday 19th July. We’re looking forward to welcoming friends and new visitors alike. Please do join us if you possibly can.

In order to comply with government legislation, we have produced a Risk Assessment, which you can download and read at the bottom of this page. As part of this we will be fully cleaning all chairs, door handles, equipment, toilets, tables, light switches, and other commonly touched areas before and after our worship service, using appropriate PPE.

In order for us to comply with this and manage the risks of meeting together at this time, if you’d like to meet with us, we’d ask that you carefully read the following information and act accordingly. This will help to keep everyone safe and allow us to enjoy worshipping together as best as we can at the moment.

 

  1. If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 (new persistent cough, fever, loss of taste or smell), please do not attend, but self-isolate and contact NHS Test and Trace. You can continue to watch the sermons on our YouTube channel.

 

  1. If you are among those classed as vulnerable by the government (as a result of age, existing underlying health condition, or any other reason) we strongly recommend that you do not join us, for you own safety. You can continue to watch the sermons on our YouTube channel.

 

  1. If you would like to join us on a Sunday morning, please do let us know in advance, if you are at all able. This will aid us in setting the room out and establishing appropriate social distancing for everyone attending. You can do this by emailing graham@spenvalleychurch.org. If you are unable to do this, we should still be able to fit you in, but if the numbers are too high we will have to cut off entrance to the building.

 

  1. If you do let us know of your intention to attend beforehand, we will ask you to fill in a short form, asking you to consent to us retaining your name and telephone number for 21 days, in order to assist with NHS Track and Trace. This is not a condition of entry, but it will help in the event of a case of Coronavirus being reported. If you don’t let us know beforehand, you will be asked if you would fill in this form on arrival.

 

  1. In order to ensure that we can accommodate folks, please try to arrive at the school between 10.15am and 10.30am. This will aid us in getting everybody in the building with appropriate social distancing, whilst making sure that people don’t have to sit for too long.

 

  1. When you arrive, you will notice that there will be a one-way system through the school hall. Please enter via the fire door nearest the school building, where you will be welcomed by one of our members. If there are a few folks arriving at the same time, you may be asked to queue outside for a short while. Please take note of the 2m signs on the floor and queue responsibly. On entry our Welcome Team member will ask you to confirm that you don’t have any symptoms of Covid-19, and whether you consent to a temperature check. Again, this is not a condition of entry, but allows us to double-check that those entering are not exhibiting symptoms.

 

  1. Our Welcome Team member will then direct you to a seat in your household bubble, 2m away from any other household bubbles. Please proceed directly to that seat, and remain in it throughout the service in order to ensure appropriate social distance at all times.

 

  1. In order to avoid the risk of contamination through common items, we will not be handing out Bibles or service order sheets during this time. All Bible passages and words to read together will be projected on the screen. If you’d like to use a Bible, please do bring your own!

 

  1. Our service will be a simpler version of our normal worship services, with some important differences. We will have Bible readings, prayers, a sermon, some open prayer, as well as reading a psalm or song together. As yet we are not able to sing together. On the 19th July and 30th August, we will also share the Lord’s Table together in a safe way (see our Risk Assessment below for more details).

 

  1. Please try to avoid bringing items that will cause waste, for example food wrappers. If you do bring them, please ensure that you take them home with you again to avoid leaving potentially contaminated waste.

 

  1. In order to prevent transmission, we also ask that all those attending with us avoid using the toilets if at all possible. In the case of emergencies, one toilet will be provided on a one-in, one-out basis. If you do use the toilet, please sanitise your hands before and after, and use the hand dryer in the toilet cubicle. We also ask that you spray the toilet with the sanitiser provided after you have used it.

 

  1. At the end of the service you will be asked to leave one bubble at a time. Please avoid interacting with others, or congregating within the building in order to avoid the possibility of transmission.

 

Spen Valley Church – Coronavirus Risk Assessment for Sunday worship