COVID-19 GUIDANCE

UPDATED 8 APRIL 2021

Following recent government guidance, we are aiming to re-open our live services on Sunday 23rd May 2021, which is Pentecost Sunday.

We hope that the re-introduction of the new rules will help us as we celebrate the God’s gift of Jesus and the Holy Spirit on this Sunday.

Unfortunately, government guidelines mean we cannot necessarily resume where we left off a year ago before the pandemic with all the activities we would normally have in place.

We are aware that for various reasons some may not be comfortable coming back live but still want to see the service. We understand this and therefore we will be streaming the service live over Zoom. Church at home will continue for the foreseeable future.

If you have any questions, please email us on info@harefieldchurch.org

Reserve your seats

Live services will be ticketed for the near future, so please reserve a free seat before you come to church as we will have to limit numbers due to Coronavirus guidelines until restrictions are lifted.  You can reserve seats for your household or support bubble, but please only book seats you will use so that others don’t miss out.  These can be booked on the church’s website Events Calendar for each Sunday meeting.  You will receive a confirmation email.  You need to book for each meeting you want to attend.

Doors will open 15 minutes before the service starts.

Social Distancing

As far as possible we will make your experience touch free and there will be a one way system in operation.  We will maintain social distancing.  We will always be reviewing our guidelines for events to ensure that we are complying with the latest guidelines and keeping you safe.

On arrival a Welcomer will greet you.  If you have a Smart phone and the NHS Covid-19 App you can use the ‘Check in to a venue’ option using the QR Code in the foyer on arrival.  For those that don’t have the App then we will maintain a manual register of your contact details.

You will not be able to socialise in the main church and will have to wear masks but you will be able to socialise outside in the church grounds in groups of 6 or 2 households as per current Coronavirus guidelines.

The church seating will already be laid out and you will be shown to your seat(s).  You will see signs on alternate chairs stating that you cannot sit on these ones, to ensure social distancing.  Members of the same household or support bubble will be able to sit together and the steward will be able to rearrange the signage to cater for your group.  Please do not move the signs yourself.  Social distancing should be maintained throughout the service.

Health and Hygiene

Face coverings will be required at all times.

You will be asked to sanitise your hands upon arrival using our sanitiser stations.  Please only use the toilets if absolutely necessary.  Soap and disposable towels will be available.

No refreshments will be available.  You may bring your own water, but please do not bring food.

Please do not come to church if you are unwell or self-isolating.  If you do develop symptoms after attending a service, please follow the government’s Stay at Home guidance and contact us at info@harefieldchurch.org

Worship

We will have live worship music, but as our singing will be ‘masked’, you will not be encouraged to sing loud.  Although we are looking forward to being able to sing corporately fully again, we know God will still be present and with us during these times.

We will not be taking communion at the moment, and we will not be able to offer one-to-one prayer in the services, but are happy to pray with you online or over the phone.

Test and Trace

When you enter the building and have a Smart phone with the NHS Covid app we expect you to use the ‘Check in to a venue’ option using the QR Code in the foyer on arrival.

If you do not have the phone App we will need to record your contact details for Trach & Trace.  By reserving a seat at the Harefield Church service you agree that your details (including name, contact number and the times you are in the building) will be manually recorded and may be shared with NHS Test And Trace in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.

In case of illness

Should someone become ill during the service, they should be advised to go home immediately and follow the ‘Stay at Home Guidance’, which covers NHS Test and Trace.  If they need clinical advice, they should go online to NHS 111, or call 111.

In an emergency, call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk.  They should not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.

Others who may have been in contact with the person who has become unwell should wash their hands thoroughly, but they do not need to take any other specific action unless they develop symptoms or are advised to do so by NHS Test and Trace.  If they do develop symptoms they should follow the stay at home guidance.

Updated 8 April 2021

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