Worship moves to Wednesdays at 6pm

Dear Friends,
We are resuming worship in the building on Wednesday July 8th 6.30pm. I realise that the idea of a midweek service may come as a surprise but there are a number of good reasons behind this decision. Current guidelines recommend 72 hours between people using the same space otherwise there needs to be a deep clean. We currently have the Greek Orthodox Church as tenants who, because of their numbers, want to meet weekly so that
every member of their congregation can worship at least once a month. They have more worshippers who attend as families and who work so they want to remain in church on a Sunday. As they are also providing much needed funds at this time, we felt that moving to a mid-week service for the time being would be the hospitable, safe and sensible thing to do. As Nonconformists we have always been adaptable and not held tight to sacred spaces or
times, instead we have put God and care of our fellow human-beings first. This is not a forever decision made by the Deacons.
We have real mixture of feelings right now from joy at the thought of seeing everyone again to worry about the easing of lockdown and we suspect you do too. We have completed a full risk assessment and put procedures in place. These practices worked well for our ‘quiet-time/private prayer’ last Sunday. Some things will look a bit different but rather than seeing this as a bad thing, we are seeing it as an opportunity to be creative.
What will we not be doing?
We need to manage flow into the building and maintain social distancing at 2 metres.
So, we will have one household coming in the Tapton Hill Road entrance at a time. To this end the building will be open from 6pm to stagger entry. There may be a little queue.
You will need to hand sanitise on entry.
You’ll be warmly welcomed and shown to a seat that will be 2 metres from another household. Please don’t move seats.
We will not be singing at this stage.
There will be a single toilet available, but we are operating a ‘clean as you go’ system so you’ll need to wipe the toilet seat and sink after use.
We will not be passing the offering plate around. Please put your offering in the plate on your way in or out. Please be aware that the church has had
little income during lockdown but still had major outgoings. These will increase as our cleaner restarts work and we have John back on the organ. You might like to give a larger ‘one off’ gift as a sign of gratitude, give the
offering money that you’ve set aside over previous weeks or slightly adjust your weekly amount.
There will be no refreshments provided and the kitchen will be shut even for a glass of water so please bring your own drink.
We will also manage the flow out of building with one household leaving at a time.
What we will be doing?
We will praise God together in prayer and pray for each other and our world.
We will still be sharing our ideas and thoughts about living the Christian life. For example, on the 8th July we might share what lockdown has shown us.
Suzanne will continue her series on the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
It will be all-age friendly.
We will listen to music. John will play an organ voluntary and we might have a go at some sign-language singing.
Feel free to bring a flask of your own tea/cake or even a piece of cake from home. Obviously, take all washing up home with you. Suzanne is looking forward to using her new flask!
It will be shorter service around 30 minutes.
BUT…. If you are shielding, we love you too much to risk your health so please continue to enjoy what we are putting online. Please don’t come if you are showing any Covid-19 symptoms or feel unwell in anyway. People will emerge at different rates so we completely understand if you want to give it a couple of
weeks before you re-join us. You are free to wear whatever PPE gives you confidence.
Thank you for reading this carefully. We have missed you and look forward to the day when we can stand together and sing our hearts out. Until then we can uplift our hearts in other ways to the God who has sustained us at this time.
Please call Suzanne on 0114 2325790 if you have
any questions.

Rev Suzanne Nockels

 

 

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