The national Baptist Assembly takes place next week from the 13th to 16th May. The…
From the 25th July, we will be meeting in person back in our chapel building. While the legal restrictions have been largely lifted, we still live in Covid times, so there is a need to make some changes to the ‘way we do things’ to make sure that we create an environment where everyone feels safe and able to attend.
Firstly, if you have any of the symptoms of Covid-19, even if they are mild, you should not attend church in person or come to the chapel. This also includes anyone who has been instructed by NHS Test and Trace to self isolate because they have either tested positive for Covid-19, or they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive.
Social distancing and wearing a face covering are now a personal choice. However, we would like to encourage people to respect other attendees and those working in the church and have decided to adopt a more cautious approach. We recommend that a face covering is worn when entering and exiting the building (like if you were entering a restaurant). Once seated, face masks can be removed if you would prefer.
Services will be shorter (between 30-40 minutes) with songs kept to a minimum. Bibles and other books are not to be distributed so we ask that people bring their own bibles (and take them away again with them!).
Finally, please be sensitive to the differing levels of anxiety and excitement around opening up after lockdown. For some, it is “freedom at last” and “full steam ahead” while for others it is much more cautious and a worrying time. Please do not assume that everyone is working to your own pace or receptive to personal contact (handshakes, hugs, etc). Please check with someone before approaching them.