These have indeed been interesting and, for a number of us, difficult times, and while we have been able to “meet” for prayers and services via the online platform, Zoom, we appreciate the need to meet together in person and so, following advice from the Baptist Union and SEBA (South Eastern Baptist Association) we have prepared the church building to re-open for Sunday services, we will still be having weekly prayers via Zoom (Friday’s 6pm – please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the link if you would like to join and/or have a prayer need).
Our weekly Sunday services commence on Sunday 27th September at 10:30am. Due to COVID-19 there are some regulations we must adhere to.
**We ask that everyone wear a face covering and maintain a minimum 1 metre distance between other households.
**If you would like to attend please inform us by emailing our secretary (email@example.com), it is important we know how many people are attending services as we need to adhere to social distancing.
**We will also take names and contact details of anyone attending services and file these for 21 days in accordance with government advice (GDPR regulations will be followed and all information held securely and, after 21 days, destroyed in a secure manner).
**We will not be serving refreshments.
**Please bring your own Bible.
**Communion will still take place on the 1st Sunday of the month, please bring your own bread (or similar) and drink.
**We kindly request that attendees leave promptly following the service.
**Seats will be named for regular attendees and we request you only sit in your reserved seat.
**There will be a sanitising station outside the toilets and where able we ask you wipe down the handle and taps after use.
**We will have spare masks and sanitiser at the entrance but we ask, were possible, you bring your own, as well as tissues. This is to avoid sharing and cross-contamination.
**The church building will remain empty/unused for the minimum 72 hour quarantine period, as per advice.
If you, or members of your household, are showing any COVID symptoms:
**a new continuous cough
**a high temperature
**a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
Please DO NOT come to the church. Follow government advice on self isolating (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection). Consider alerting anyone you have been in contact with in the 48 hours before you developed symptoms.
We are checking advice regularly and we will strive to maintain a safe environment with the help of all those attending.
We understand some may not be able to attend for whatever reason; we are looking at options on how to ensure everyone can enjoy our services, whether in the church building or from home. We will update you as soon as we can with how this will work and we appreciate your patience as we work through these challenging times.
Chiddingfold Baptist Leadership Team