Church of England Diocese of Blackburn St. Paul Fairhaven

Church Building Update

19 Jun 2020, 4 p.m.
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Good News! Welcome back!

The Standing Committee of the PCC are pleased to announce that, having been able to further work on the risk assessment, and on preparations for safely and sustainably open the church building for individual, private prayer, it has taken the decision to re-open the church building for private prayer.

It will open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 9.30am-4pm, from Wednesday 24th June.

While we hope this will be a real benefit to congregation members and the community, we also want to make you aware of the important steps which have been put in place to seek to make people as safe as possible. These include removal of common touch objects, separation of pews to allow social distancing, a one way system and a cleaning regime.

While the PCC has put in place measures to seek to reduce risk as much as possible, it is impossible to remove all risk. Anyone coming to pray privately must be aware that they have a responsibility to assess their own personal risk and enter on that basis. The pews which have been used, as well as common touch surfaces will be cleaned down after each day of opening. It will not be possible to clean them down between users, however.

If you are in the extremely vulnerable category, we strongly urge you not to enter the building. If you would like certain matters prayed for, or would like to talk to someone please do not hesitate to ring 01253 734562. If you are in the vulnerable category, we ask you to seriously consider the risks to yourself before choosing to enter.

People must not to enter if you have coronavirus symptoms. The safe use of face coverings are encouraged.

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">Further instructions on social distancing, the one-way system around the building, hand sanitisation will be found on entering the building. There will be a maximum of 8 people in the building at a time.</span>

We ask that people stagger when they visit (for example if you are a 10.30am Service member that we don’t all visit at 10.30am on Sunday!) Also we ask that people do not plan to attend the building with others, except those in your household.

For more information, please go to: https://stpaulsfairhaven.weebly.com/church-re-opening.html