Information about the re-opened church following the Coronavirus closure.

What will ‘church’ be like?
A lot of work has gone into planning how we can worship together in church and still keep each other safe.  This means it will be quite different from what we are used to.
We will have a steward outside to assist you on arrival.  Please wait out-side to be seated, observing 2 metres social distancing.
It will be lovely to see each other, but please remember not to shake hands or hug!
We will enter one person/family group at a time, using the main church door.  Inside the church we will follow a one-way system.

Will I need to tell someone that I am planning to attend?
Yes.  This would be really helpful, since our space is limited and it is essential for us to plan seating.  Please contact Sandra Farnfield (01962 881125 or gandsfarnfield@btinternet.com), preferably before 6:00 p.m. on the preceding Friday.

What do I need to do when I come in?
Make sure you are wearing a mask, correctly positioned to cover your nose and mouth.  If you have forgotten your mask, we will have a supply which you can use.
Please use the hand sanitiser provided as you come in.
We are required to complete a register of everyone attending our service for Track & Trace purposes, so we will check your details as you arrive and you can also tell us about your plans for the next week.
The offering will not be taken up during the service; instead please leave your offering in the collection basket at the entrance.

Where can I sit?
A steward will help you find a seat. Every other row will be blocked off and signs will mark the suggested seating places, to enable us to be socially distanced .  Please do not sit with anyone who is not in your household.
Please remember that we need to use the whole space to fit everyone in safely and you may not be able to sit in your usual seat.

Can I hang up my coat?
No, please place your coat and any other personal possessions on the seat next to you.
N.B.  We will need to have external doors and windows open throughout the service to maintain adequate airflow, so it may well be quite chilly in the church as we move into Autumn.  You may want to wear warm clothes!

Should I pick up a hymn book or bible?
No, sadly we will not be able to sing, as research indicates that singing accelerates the spread of the virus.  However we are still able to listen to hymns and other music and surely we can sing along in our heads!
If you want to follow the words of a hymn they will be displayed on the screen as usual, or you can, of course, bring your own hymn book and bible.

What if I am doing a reading?
If you are doing a reading in the service, please bring your own bible or printed copy of the reading and take it home with you afterwards.
Please stand at the lectern to read.  You will need to wear your mask when walking to and from the lectern, but once you are standing there you may remove it to read.

Will we be having Holy Communion?
Initially no.  However as we work out how to do this inthe new circumstances we hope to introduce it.  The entry inthe calendar will indicate when it is a HC service.

How long will the service last?
The service will last 30—40 minutes.

Can I use the toilet?
Yes.  Separate toilets will be available for women and men.  Please look out for signs, or ask a steward.  Handwash and antiviral cleaner will be available for you to wipe down any surfaces you have touched.

What if I feel unwell?
Please do not come to church if you feel at all unwell.  If you are taken ill during the service please take your possessions and go straight to the Foyer where a steward will attend to you.

What happens at the end of the service?
The minister/preacher will leave and after he/she has left, stewards will then direct the rest of the congregation to leave, one household at a time, via the main door.  So please stay in your seat until asked to move and keep your mask on, taking care to remain at least one metre from others, until you are outside and well away from the church.
Hand sanitiser will be available for use as you exit.
Please disperse quickly from the church as you leave and do not stay and chat.

What happens about the cleaning?
At the close of worship, stewards will wipe down ‘used’ surfaces, and contract cleaners will follow with a deep clean.


Access to Live-streamed Services

Live-streamed services are available from a number of Methodist churches.  Details can be found at
https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/singing-the-faith-plus/seasons-and-themes/worship-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

Services are also available from other churches in the Winchester Eastleigh and Romsey Circuit:

United Church, Winchester
Sunday 10:30
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1kw6tJ7qV1Vl9GIObu5I_A

St Andrews, Eastleigh Methodist Church
Sunday 10:30
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMrL1Cs8-LdJAuxDBLJRAZw

Romsey Methodist Church
Sunday 10:30
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIpIYEfyf_diYHqhk6IzkTA

 


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