Greetings to you and yours in the Name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
As announced during our service on Sunday 14th March, following the Government’s announcement of a roadmap out of lockdown and the easing of restrictions, we are delighted to announce that from Palm Sunday (28th March 2021), we will open our doors again for blended Sunday Services. This means you can attend onsite or online, as we continue to stream to our Church YouTube channel.
As we return to church, our top priority continues to be the safety of our congregation, visitors, staff and volunteer team and so things will look a little different for a while, with measures in place to make our environment compliant with the existing COVID-19 protocols. We will continue to monitor the progress of the Government’s step-based roadmap as we look at opening further, including Junior Church & Youth Church, which will remain virtual for the time being.
It is important that if you feel unwell, have a temperature, if you are categorised as clinically vulnerable or if you would prefer not to wear a face-covering for the duration of service, we would recommend that you join us virtually due to the increased risks associated with attending public worship.
Please be aware of the following before you book a ticket for you/your household:
- Venue capacity is limited due to social distancing guidelines so we will only be able to admit those who have booked tickets for the service. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. You should only have members of your immediate household (including support bubble) within one booking, and you will be seated together in the church, away from other groups.
- If there are more people looking to attend church than the space available in the first service, then we will be opening up a second service for registration, so if the app tells you the available seats are all taking, do not despair, do check back a few hours later and the 2nd service seats will have been opened.
- Everyone attending service physically will be required to wear a face-covering for the duration of their time with us. This is to ensure we comply with Public Health England guidelines and for the protection of everyone, whether you have been vaccinated or not.
- Before entering The Discovery Centre, we will be undertaking a non-intrusive temperature check on everyone using a no-contact thermometer. If the temperature test indicates that a person’s temperature is in the ‘high’ category range, we are required to refuse admittance to the Church building. In these circumstances, should you wish to do so, you may return 30 minutes later to undertake a further temperature test. If this second test indicates that your temperature is still in the ‘high’ category range, we will request that you return home for the day and watch the service online.
When booking a seat, we also collect your data for the NHS Test and Trace scheme as requested by the government.
We will only share your name, contact number, date of attendance, arrival time and departure time with the NHS if requested.
If you have any accessibility requirements, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org after booking your ticket so that we can review suitable options to support.
If you or any of your household:
- feel unwell
- show or have shown any symptoms of or like COVID-19 (or have been in close contact with someone who has) within the last 14 days
- have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (or been in close contact with someone who has) within the last 14 days
- have been asked to self-isolate under the NHS Test and Trace scheme
- have returned from a country outside of the UK government exemption list in the last 14 days
we would kindly ask you to please stay at home and join us via TCTV Online instead.
I look forward to welcoming you back to The Discovery Centre
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