Open for worship

 

We have worship online each week but if you would like to worship in the building at 9.15am on Sundays you can by booking a place with the church office (email: admin.francisofassisi@gmail.com)

 Before booking please find out more about the way we worship within covid regulations :

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 What will church in the building be like during Covid 19?

  Here is a description based on our risk assessments.

 

1. Worshipers will arrive at the cafe end of the building they will be met by a smiling welcome greeter. They will collect the key details of each group arriving for track and trace. Worshipers will also be able to use their track and trace app and the QR code which will be displayed for our building. Our records will be kept securely and we are adopting a belt and braces approach so that if someone should happen to develop symptoms after having been to church track and trace will probably contact every worshipper but we will also do that too. we would encourage people to stag their arrival times as it would not be helpful for most people to arrive at 9:10! If more than one household arrives at the same time, they will need to queue in household groups separated by 2m until they are ready to meet the welcome greeter and give their track and trace details

 

2. Worshippers will then be guided through the main cafe door where they will need to put on their face covering* and sanitize their hands. We have a number of spare Face coverings which people could use and then deposit on exit. They would then go into the hall where they will need to walk along clearly marked aisles to find the seat. Duty wardens will be available to guide and advise. Once sat in a seat they will be able to wave to fellow congregation members and also pray and look at the big screen where notices, images and quiet music will be playing until the service is ready to begin. Seats will be arranged in such a way that there is at least 2 metres between separate households. If you come alone you will be able to choose one of many single seats. If you come as a pair are you will be able to find a number of paired. The same system is in place for households or recognised support bubbles of 3, 4,5 and 6. 

We will also ensure that the hall is well ventilated and while the heating will be turned on, we would encourage people to wrap up just in case they feel a bit cool. We will be making the most of our big screen but if we should use any papers or other resources they will be prepared 72 hours in advance and quarantined or we will use disposable gloves to prepare and set out the resources.  

We are operating a strict one-way system. Everyone would be encouraged to use their own toilet facilities before coming to church but we know that sometimes people do need to use the facilities more often and so they will be open.  After using the toilet facilities, a person would have to go back out around the building and back in through the cafe. 

Apart from getting up to go to the toilet it is so important that once you are in your seat you stay in your seats because we must not have mixing between households in Sunday services as we want to make Sunday services as safe as they possibly can be.

 

*If you are someone who has an exemption from wearing a face covering please let the office know and also remind the welcome greeter as you arrive

 

3. The service would be led from the front near the communion table and there would be a significant distance between the service leader and the first worshipper and the service leader would be wearing a face visor. 

4. The service would aim to be no more than 45 minutes long. Elements of the online service e.g) prayers and interview would be broadcast on the big screen. The sermon would be the same as the online service but most weeks delivered live unless the preacher was not going to present in the building and then we would play the online video. We would have time for reflection, response and encounter with God in a similar way to the online service but would do this in a live setting instead.  You will be well aware that we are not allowed to sing in church at the moment. We may well have some songs playing at certain points in the service and we will go on a journey in learning to engage with God in worship without singing. It will be different but it certainly is possible. Finally, towards the end of the service we would share communion. The wafers will be covered while I say the prayer of blessing over them. People will then receive communion ( bread only) or a blessing in their seats. An assistant will come first with sanitiser. The assistant and recipient would both have their arms at full arm stretch sanitiser is received from our automatic portable hand sanitiser machine. Then they will receive the wafer from me with us both at full arm stretch. I will have a face covering as well as visor on at this point. After I have moved on to the next person you can then with one hand remove your face covering and with the other hand put the wafer into your mouth. Then put your face covering back on and then another assistant will come with more hand sanitiser for you. (This sounds a bit complicated but we explain and demonstrate in a video). For those who will not be coming to the service in the building we will now start including communion most weeks in the online service so that you can receive strengthening from the wonderful words of consecration and the remembering of what Jesus has done for you. The Church of England does not recognise consecration via video services but if you wanted to get some bread and wine you could consume the non-consecrated elements in agape meal style and still remembering what Jesus has done for you.

5. Immediately after the service duty wardens will begin to guide people to the exit (which will be through the main chapel doors and out of what was the main entrance. All the doors will be propped open) As you leave if you would like to put money or envelopes in a retiring collection you can. We will also have our card machine near the exit where you can do a contactless payment once or multiple times according to how much you would like to give. We are clearly not allowed to then have a big gathering of people chatting outside. The rule of 6 is strongly enforced even for people chatting in the street or the precinct. However, there would be nothing stopping groups of 6 or under going on a socially distanced walk after church or meeting in one another gardens, local park etc after church. we will also still be doing the 12 noon zoom call which enables you to have a long chat with people