Returning to Church – what to expect

RoL Re-Opened for Sunday Worship from 5 July.

Pre-Service Prayer 10.00am (in secluded corner of the auditorium)
Service Start Time 10.30am

The Elders and Trustees worked as diligently as possible to prepare for re-opening, new information is regularly emerging from Government so changes may be applied regularly.  Trustees have undertaken a RISK ASSESEMENT in compliance with Government guidelines to ensure that we provide a safe environment as we gather together again. So, what can you expect?
  • One-Way System throughout the centre – with 2m clear floor markings and signage.
 
  • Auditorium chairs laid out in Zones:
    • Family Zones – for those attending in groups of 3 or more
    • Couples Zones – for people sitting in pairs
    • Individuals Zone – for those sitting alone
All chairs in and around these zones are spaced 2m apart.
See video to show layout:
Fire doors in the auditorium will be opened, if appropriate, to provide additional air flow.
 
  • Toilets – the main toilets are currently closed with clear signage to direct you to use the disabled or additional toilet in the corridor.  Hand sanitiser is available to use before you enter and we even have a ‘toilet lane’ marked out to ensure there is no crossing over of lanes as people use the ‘facilities’! 
 

To avoid transmission risk and comply with Government guidelines:

  • Bibles and paper literature – have been removed. 
Come prepared - Please bring your own Bible, notetaking paper and pens.
 
  • Flags & Tambourines - have been removed.
 
  • Water Fountain – is out of use.
Please bring bottled water should you need it.
 
  • Refreshmentsthere are no refreshments before or after the meetings for the foreseeable future.
 
  • Holy Communion pre-packed wafer & juice sets have been purchased so you can partake in Holy Communion safely from where you are seated.  These will be placed on chairs early in the week prior to Holy Communion Sunday to avoid transmission risk.
 
  • Singing – as the government guidelines strongly discourage singing due to the potential for increased risk of transmission from aerosol or droplets.  We will therefore not be singing until these guidelines are updated.  Quiet background music will be played before and after the meeting and during, where appropriate.
 
  • Giving – where possible please give online via our website GIVING PAGE or via BACS transfer into the church bank account.  Contactless donations facility is on order and will be available soon.  Where there is not an option, please give by cash or cheque.  Banking will be done at the end of each week to ensure transmission risk is reduced.
 
  • Younger Church  - there will be no Younger Church facilities as we return but this will be kept under review.
 
Children must be supervised by parent/carers AT ALL TIMES before, during and after the meeting and should be seated with parents/carers in the family zone during the meeting.
 

Additional Information:

People who are symptomatic - Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell) should not attend the place of worship due to the risk that they pose to others; they should self-isolate at home immediately with other members of their household.
 
Supporting NHS Test & Trace Service – in order to comply with requested Government guidelines we will be keeping a temporary record of all visitors to the centre in order to support and assist the NHS Track & Trace Service with request for data, if needed, for contact tracing and the investigation of local outbreaks.  You will be asked for your name as well as telephone number or email address, should you wish to share this information.  All data will be destroyed after 21 days. 

Face Coverings - Wearing of face coverings is not currently a government requirement but a personal choice.  RoL will NOT be providing free supplies.
Face coverings are not a replacement for the other ways of managing risk, including social distancing, minimising time spent in contact, and increasing hand and surface washing. These other measures remain the best ways of managing risk.  You may choose to wear face coverings to offer protection to others.

Those aged 70+ - the government guidelines state that certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including people who are aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions.  Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household.  If you fall into this categories you should stay alert and follow social distancing guidance

Individuals who are extremely clinically vulnerable/shielding - Shielded patients are not currently advised to attend places of worship, including after 6 July (see current guidelines) Advice for both the clinically vulnerable and extremely clinically vulnerable is however advisory and they can choose how to manage their own risks.

Our Sunday Sermon will be filmed and uploaded to YouTube as soon as possible each week.  Links will be provided from our website.