We have begun to meet together again for worship on Sundays.
We have two identical morning services - 9.15 (in the church hall - enter by rear left hand side door), and 10.30 in the main chapel (enter by the front door).
We have one evening service at 6.30 in the back hall (we will have cleaned after the 9.15 service- enter by the back left hand door).
These services will be following the government guidance for re-opening of churches for worship.
We are streaming the services via Zoom for those unable to attend. Please get in touch with us if you would like an invite. We are also recording the services and putting them online. You can watch the most recent service here
If you would like to join us, it would be helpful (but not essential) if you could get in touch during the week to let us know at the church email address firstname.lastname@example.org
It is vitally important that anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 must not attend public worship, and that anyone shielding must not attend public worship.
We will be enforcing strict social distancing measures (2 metres) throughout. Please listen to the stewards and follow their instructions.
It is now law that you have to wear a face covering in places of worship.
Family groups, and singles in “bubbles” with others in the church, will be seated together so we can use seats efficiently.
In the morning, unless you have accessibility needs, please enter through the left rear back doors for the 9.15 service, and the main doors for the 10.30 service. In the evening please enter through the left rear doors . We will exit through different doors to ensure we are using a one way system.
In the chapel at 10.30 we will be using every other row, with the front row blocked off. At 9.15 and in the evening in the hall seats will be socially distanced.
There will be a one way system in place for use of the toilets. Where possible, we encourage people to use toilet facilities in their own homes before and after the service.
We have thought through and have instructions regarding the general cleaning of the church in this crisis period. This is in the larger document and risk assessment should you wish to read it.
IT IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT THAT WE OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING ON OUR ENTRANCE AND EXIT TO THE BUILDING. PLEASE DO NOT CONGREGATE TO TALK. WE WANT TO BE A GOOD WITNESS TO OUR NEIGHBOURS.
The preacher/ service leader will be more than 2 metres away from the nearest seated person.
The services themselves will feel different. Due to government guidance about the spread of the virus, we are unable to sing. I appreciate that this is a great loss. We can however include spoken responses using our normal (not raised) voices.
The services will include Scripture readings, confession of sin, prayers, children’s talk and sermon (incliuding some spoken respnses). The evening service will include some open prayer as well as a sermon.
Please bring your own Bible. Scripture readings will also be up on the screen. Any notices will continue to be communicated by email or/and spoken at the front.
As difficult as this is, we cannot spend time congregating and talking before or after the services. There will be no refreshments.
We are unable to run Life Groups for children alongside the services at the moment. However we encourage that children come to worship with their parents. The services will be shorter than usual (45 minutes).
For the 10.30 service only, we can use the creche and back hall lobby area (where the sofas are) as a creche area for very young children and a parent. Please bring your own toys/books.
We are able to take the Lord’s Supper during public worship. The diaconate have been considering how to do this safely. We will not do this straight away - further information will come about this in good time before our first communion.
We will ask for your contact details for track and trace purposes, and store them for 21 days.
You can read our church services reopening plan Latimer COVID Reopening Plan (REV C)
You can read our risk assesssment COVID RA Latimer Church REVC (apologies for wrong file here earlier)