We are still Church during COVID-19

Dear All,

It was a joy to welcome folk back to church last Sunday and to share in worship together as a church family again. However, it goes without saying that we will continue to monitor the situation on a week to week basis and then make the necessary decisions, in line with the Methodist guidelines, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those attending.

This week’s service will be led by our minister Rev Robin Selmes and the online service from the North Kent Methodist Circuit will be led by Richard Vincent, at 10.30am.

 

Here are the details for worship services at Third Avenue: we kindly ask that everyone will follow these guidelines developed to keep you safe:

  • As we want your experience of church to be safer than a trip to any other public place and so the church will be cleaned and sanitised prior to and after each service.
  • Entrance doors to the church and foyer doors will remain open for ventilation prior to the service.
  • We ask that you practice social distancing whilst entering, during and leaving the church. Sadly, no handshakes or hugs.
  • Contact details will be recorded for ‘Test and Trace.’ A QR code will be available to those who have downloaded the NHS App.
  • Hands would need to be sanitised on entering and masks/face coveringswould need to be worn in accordance with government guidelines.
  • There would be a one-way system in place and seating will be set up to follow strict social-distancing rules.
  • There will be limited seating in the church, as we will only be using every other pew. We anticipate numbers to begin with will be low, about 15% of our normal congregation. If numbers increase over time we may need to operate a booking system.
  • We encourage everyone to respect each other’s space. Families & bubbles, of course, may sit together. Under the rule of 6 no more than 6 people may sit together.
  • We will not be passing the offertory baskets around, but will instead have them located near the doors of the foyer for envelope collection or cash donations.
  • Services will be either led by Robin, a local preacher or occasionally we will show the Circuit live service.
  • Services will last between 30-45mins, under the current restrictions we are unable to sing but we will be able to celebrate communion. The first Sunday back will include Holy Communion.
  • The Sunday Squads will not return until further restrictions are lifted.
  • No refreshments will be provided before or after the service.
  • We ask that if you fellowship with others that you please do so outside, maintain social distancing and keep to the rule of 6.

Our concerns in reopening the church is to keep the church family healthy while adhering to guidelines. We would therefore ask that you please exercise wisdom If you or anyone in your household are experiencing the following symptoms: Dry cough, fever, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, please do not attend.