Church News | Tuesday, 14 July 2020 |
By Carolyn Tibbot
Over the past few weeks, the PCC has been working hard to meet all the risk assessment criteria for re-opening the parish church building for the people of Broomfield. We are now at the stage where we can tentatively do that, although, at least for now, we will not be able to do so with the freedoms which we previously enjoyed.
The church has been deep cleaned and aired in accordance with Government guidelines and in order to keep within the Covid 19 safety requirements, only limited numbers of people may be in the building at any one time. A record of those who attend each time the church is open is required in case people need to be contacted, if someone who has been in church later shows symptoms of Covid 19 (new continuous cough, high temperature, loss of taste and/or smell). Therefore, if you wish to attend church you will need to make an appointment by calling (text or WhatsApp messages are fine too) the duty phone 07464 321616 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Whichever way you contact us, you will receive a response. If you do not hear back, please try again!
We have also had to put some rules in place, in order to be Covid 19 safe and in order to open at all:
The maximum numbers allowed in this church are 29, which includes the ministers.
we are providing re-usable masks for you to use whilst you are in the building, there are enough masks for one each. You are asked to take them home, wash them and bring them back with you to use, if you come along again.
There is yellow tape on the carpet to indicate a 2m distance, please use this wisely.
Some pews are roped off. Please only sit where there is a numbered seat. You will be told when you contact us which number to look for.
As you enter the building you will need to sanitise your hands with the alcohol wash that we are providing.
All the pew cushions and kneelers have been removed, for your comfort please bring a cushion of your own.
You will not be allowed to light candles.
Although the toilets will be open, we will not be encouraging use of the facilities!
Please enter through the main church door and exit through the hall doors (in the link).
When you leave please do not gather to chat in groups in the grounds or in the car park.
There is to be no shaking of hands, hugging or other physical contact.
PLEASE DO NOT COME INTO THE CHURCH BUILDING IF YOU SHOW ANY SYMPTOMS OF COVID 19 EVEN IF YOU HAVE BOOKED TO COME! (new continuous cough, high temperature, loss of taste and/or smell)
IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS AFTER ATTENDING THE CHURCH PLEASE LET ONE OF THE MINISTERS KNOW.
All of the above are necessary in order for us to open at all! But here is the good news...
We will be opening once a week on Wednesday or Thursday for private prayer (please watch the website for details of opening times)
and at 9am on Sunday mornings for Morning Worship which will also be live streamed via FaceBook.
We will continue with our online worship on our website www.stmarybroomfield.org for the foreseeable future.
We look forward to welcoming you back into your Parish Church
Rev. Carolyn Tibbott, Vicar of Broomfield