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Following the easing of the COVID-19 restrictions in England, on Monday 19 July, churches are permitted to continue meeting for worship services without social distancing or capacity restrictions. However, as a Church leadership we have chosen to continue wearing facial coverings during our Sunday services, seating the congregation with social distancing, and will continue with the implemented COVID-risk assesment. We will continue to keep our congregation safe by asking the congregation to wear masks throughout the service; sanitise hands on arrival, and sanitise all key areas of the Church before exiting the building.
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RETURNING TO CHURCH
The health and safety of our church family and community is still our highest priority. We will continue to action our COVID-risk assessment and take all precautionary steps for us to return to our place of worship. We will continue to adhere to the social distancing measures and rule of six as mentioned below.
With the safety of worshipers and people in mind, we will continue to abide by the social distancing rules. If many people arrive at one time, please be prepared to queue to help maintain social distancing. Ushers will supervise and direct you as required. We also ask that you cooperate with Ushers where seating is concerned; households or ‘support bubbles’ will be seated together by Ushers. We will be abiding by the “rule of six” with exceptions to apply where households exceed the number of six. Please note that invited guests may be seated with you, but with social distanced seating arrangements where capacity allows. The Sanctuary will be priority seating for the less able, older people and parents with young children. Other seating will be made available in the Balcony.
Hand sanitisation points have been made available in the church. All visitors will be required to sanitise as soon as they enter the Welcome Area of the Church or wash their hands if prefer. We ask that you continue to wear facial masks while attending our services. Please wear your mask over both your nose and mouth, on arrival and throughout the church service.
Concerning Track and Trace, the government have ruled that we are no longer required by law to collect customer contact details, or keep a record of staff and visitors. You are encouraged to use the NHS app if you wish to continue checking-in at Church.
If you are continuing to self-isolate or feel unwell, we ask that you do not come into the church but stay home to protect the safety of others and prevent the spread of the virus.
DISCIPLESHIP CLASSES & HOUSE OF PEACE (HOP)
All discipleship classes and HOP will continue to be online until further notice. Any changes to location will be reflected on the events page of our website. We encourage you to continue feeding your spiritual life by engaging with us weekly.
Daily Devotions will continue to be sent via email, Monday-Saturday. We encourage you to use this for reading, reflection and application. If you would like to join the mailing list, please contact the church office.
CHILDREN & YOUTH MINISTRY
The parents and guardians of the Children’s ministry (First Steps & Quest) and Y Factor youth ministry will have their teaching sessions during Sunday service, every fortnight. Keep an eye on the Events page for upcoming services and teaching sessions.
The Pastors, leaders and Watchmen (prayer and intercession team) of SSBC are on standby to pray and support you if you are anxious or affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. We care about you and love you, so don’t feel alone. Please contact us to let us know about your situation and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We want you to know that you are not just a number to us in this church but highly valued and loved.
Finally, I will leave you with this bible verse as the Lord will speak to us;
'Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.' Isaiah 41:10 (NASU)
Pastor Gideon Nash
Last updated: Friday 23 July, 2021