Preparing for reopening

Preparing for reopening

St George’s Council met again on Friday, 22nd May, to discuss the timetable for reopening. Although St George’s had hoped to hold services on Pentecost Sunday, 31st May, that will not be possible. The virtual services will continue for the foreseeable future.

To recap, four teams have been formed to manage the process of reopening: a Ministry Team, a Pastoral Team, an Implementation Team and a Finance Team.

Here’s what we do know about the services when they are allowed to take place:

  • We can only allow one-third of our capacity, which is about 25 people, at social distancing levels.
  • Families who live together can be together.
  • Services will be shorter (30-40 minutes).
  • No refreshments will be served.
  • Masks must be worn.
  • There will be a deep clean before and after services.

The following additional points were agreed at the last meeting:

  • When Phase Two begins, the young people’s group, obviously with parental consent, can meet in the garden, wearing masks and keeping to distancing rules. Jennie, the youth worker, will lead these meetings.
  • When Phase Three begins, St George’s plans to restart short services in the church garden.
  • Initially no singing, but communion will be given according to official Church guidelines.
  • You will probably have to register for services. Information and instructions will be sent in advance.

In response to feedback received after the previous communication of 13th May:

Please pray for wisdom and carefulness as St George’s Council continues to make plans in these days of uncertainty.

No matter what happens, these keys are certain:

  • We will not take unnecessary risks.
  • We will not rush it.
  • We will follow the official guidance.
  • We will prioritize the well-being of those who attend services and honour Christ’s name.

Read the full letter from Revd John Chapman on where things stand as of 25th May 2020.

Read the full guidance from our Bishops in Europe, Robert Innes and David Hamid, for when church buildings can be used again for public worship.

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