DETAILS ABOUT SUNDAYS
Even though we are in lockdown, the government have permitted public, corprate worship to continue. We are very grateful for this.
We will continue to hold services in the church building at 9.15 and 10.30am (2 services to ensure social distancing).
These services will be strictly following the government guidance for re-opening of churches for worship. Please see below - remember to wear a face covering, sanitise your hands on entry and exit, keep a 2 metre distance between households at all times, and please do not mingle as we enter and exit or while in the building.
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
During this period our evening worship will be on Zoom at 6.30pm. Please email for the link. The sermon will be recorded and put on the service livestream page of the website after our time together has finished (and the audio put up in the resources section of the website).
We are live-streaming the 9.15 service on Youtube for those unable to attend. This can be watched at 9.15, or anytime after the service has finished. You can find details for watching the livestream here.
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, AND THERE ARE NOW LAWS AGAINST "MINGLING".
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).
We are able to take the Lord’s Supper during public worship. We will taking this in the morning only on the third Sunday of the month. The bread and individual cups will be wrapped in cling film. Please take one of each as you enter if you are taking communion (this is for those who know Jesus as Saviour and Lord).
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 planLatimer COVID Reopening Plan (REV D) (Updated 1/9/20)
You can read our risk assesssment COVID RA Latimer Church REVD (Updated 1/9/20) )