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IN-PERSON SERVICES RESUME

From Sunday 7th February, we will have a small number of bookable spaces at our 10.00am and 5.00pm services for those who wish to join in person.

The number gathering this week will be at 50 maximum. A booking link to these spaces has been sent out in our weekly email and we will continue doing this over the coming weeks.

If you do not receive this and would like to book onto a service, please email church.office@stag.org

 

We’ve been working hard to ensure that we’re compliant with both the government’s and the Church of England’s guidelines so that the building is safe for a small number of us to gather on a Sunday during lockdown.

If you are not able to make it into church, or do not yet feel comfortable joining a larger gathering, please feel no pressure to attend. We will continue to livestream for some time to come so you won’t be missing out.

 
Please do not attend an in-person church service if you are experiencing any known symptoms of Covid-19.
 

Here’s what to expect as you attend one of our services: 

 

Face-coverings

Face coverings are currently mandatory on public transport and in a range of indoor venues including places of worship. While there are exemptions (those leading the service, children under 11, etc.) this is a legal requirement, and we ask that you wear a face covering when attending services at St Andrew the Great. For more information see the Church of England's guidance. We will have some disposable masks available upon arrival for those who wish to use them. 
 

Hand Sanitiser

Upon arrival we encourage everyone to use the hand sanitiser which will be available.
 

One-way system

We are operating a one-way system in the auditorium and the balcony, which is clearly signposted.
 

Bibles/Leaflets

You are able to take a StAG Bible if you’d like to, but this must be returned to the box marked ‘Quarantined Bibles’ at the end of the service. Any leaflets/service sheets will be single use, and should be disposed of after use.
 

Social distancing & seating arrangements

You must observe current social distancing guidelines at all times in the church building, staying at least 2 metres away from anyone outside of your household or support bubble and not socialising. On arrival, you will be shown to your pre-allocated seat by the Welcome Team and we ask that you remain in that seat unless you need to use the toilet. We have removed rows of chairs to make this possible, and we ask that a gap of 4 chairs is left empty between household groups.  
 

Children's Groups

We are not able to run children's groups during our Sunday services.

The children's ministry team will continue to prepare online resources for you to use with your children, which will be available on the StAG livestream page as usual.

We encourage you all to still come to church if you feel able, we will print and provide some resources for children to use during the service, along with pencil cases, etc. The Cook room will be available for under 5's, if you would like to take your children there at any point during the service, with a sound relay, but you will need to supervise your own children, socially distanced.  

We will keep this decision under review as the situation changes and if the Church of England releases more guidance. 

Pathfinders (school years 7-9) will continue to run on Friday evenings and Travs (school years 10+) will continue on Sunday evenings, both online. Get in touch with our Youth Worker James Townsend for more details.

For feeding mums, the Ringing Room will be available with an audio relay of the service.
 

Singing

Sadly, we’re unable to sing together. We encourage you to sing in your hearts.
 

Cleaning

We clean toilets, and surfaces in the church between services on a Sunday.
 

After the services

We are encouraging people to leave the building promptly. The welcome team will dismiss everyone area by area, so please wait in your seat until someone indicates that it is your row's turn to leave.  Please leave straight away when you are asked to do so. Once you leave the building, our formal church gathering is over and we’re not responsible for your conduct.
  
Please click here to view the risk assessment

Please click here to view the Church of England's latest guidance

Please click here to view the Government's latest guidance
Louise Gilmore, 01/02/2021