Following the new guidance from the government and the easing of lock down restrictions, we are delighted to be able to begin to gather again in person as a church family.

We are going to be proceeding with caution, being mindful of the advice of both the government and the Church of England, and doing what we can to keep everyone safe.

But we are very excited to be able to join together again in worship.

Services

We are currently planning to have Sunday services in person at the usual times of 9.00 am and 10.45 am, as of this Sunday 5 July

Our 9:00 am is a more traditional service with a celebration of Holy Communion, and our 10:45 am is more informal, with kids groups running alongside it.

What to expect

For those of you who regularly attend our services, they are likely to feel and run a little differently.

We’re altering the format of the services  in response to the guidance;

  • congregational singing is not permitted, so worship will be handled differently,
  • communion will be shared in one kind
  • hospitality will not be provided.
  • seats have been moved to maintain social distancing.
  • There is a one-way system around the building to help to minimise contact.
  • Kids groups will continue to run as usual at the 10:45am service, with kids going directly to their groups upon arrival. For more information email Jo.
  • A team will be in place to help direct you when you arrive.
  • Face coverings for all attending will be mandatory from 8 August.

Arriving at the building

To enter the building, please use the Thorold Road entrance

Please arrive slightly earlier as everyone will need to wash or sanitize their hands as they arrive, which may take a little time.

We may need to queue outside briefly, practicing social distance as we do so.

Staying safe

The Church of England recommends face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship where there may be other people present. They will be mandatory for all attending from 8 August following changes to the government guideline. The  face coverings are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.

We ask that if you are in any of the government defined very vulnerable or shielding categories that you continue to follow any relevant guidance and exercise caution in your decisions.

It is essential that you do not attend church if you, or any members of your household, have symptoms of Coronavirus (i.e. a new continuous cough, temperature, loss or change to your normal sense of taste or smell) – you should self-isolate at home with the other members of your household, following the government advice.

The government advises that you do not interact socially in a place of worship with anyone outside the group you are attending with, even if you see other people you know, to minimise contact between people. Read the government guidance here. 

Can’t make it in person?

For those of you who will not be able to join us at this time, we will be live streaming both services on the Ascension YouTube channel, so you can still take part in the service from your home. This can be found here.

We are doing all that we can in respect to the guidance provided, and we will be reviewing our practice as we go. Please do help us in this by making safe decisions, and by practicing good hand hygiene and social distancing when you attend church.

We are very excited about the prospect of meeting together; it will be different, but there is something really significant about being the people of God gathered for worship.

We look forward to worshipping together again as a church family.