Groby: St Philip & St James
A service of Holy Communion during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Please read the notes to below so you know what to expect, as worship will look different as we seek to care for everyone in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Returning to Church
8am in Ratby and 6pm in Groby
· If you drive to church please be careful when parking and getting out of your car that you remember to keep your distance from other people/families.
· If there happens to be a queue at the door please wait in line to enter, making sure you’re 2m apart from the person or household group ahead of you.
· You’ll be asked to leave your name and phone number with someone on the door. This is to help with the government’s Track and Trace initiative.
· Please use the hand sanitiser stationed near the door as you enter.
· Please sit where you’re asked to sit. A steward will show you to a seat and ask you to sit in a particular place on the pew so that you remain 2m away from other seated people. Households may sit together. Once seated, please remain seated so that we’re not all milling around. I know this’ll be hard because there’ll be people we haven’t seen in months who we’d love to chat with, but please bear with us during what will hopefully be a temporary period of time.
· The service will all be projected.
· Sadly we won’t be able to sing for a while, so don’t expect to be singing your favourite hymns and songs quite yet.
· It will be shorter than usual.
· Children are welcome - it doesn’t matter if your child(ren) aren’t perfectly quiet in the services. Please don’t feel embarrassed if they make a bit of noise!
· You’ll be asked to leave from the back first and not to hang around in the church building for very long after the service has ended.
· There won’t be any refreshments served for the time being.
· These will be available. We expect their usage to be low because services will be shorter. If you do need to use the toilet, please wipe down with wipes afterwards.
Do you have to come to church?
Absolutely not! We will still be providing the same online option that has been available throughout lockdown. If you’re shielding, at high risk or nervous about coming then please feel under absolutely no compulsion to come at all.
Do you need to book in to come to church?
No. We hope that we won’t ever have to introduce a booking system because it makes it harder for visitors to come. Should we be getting to the point of capacity we will review what we need to do in terms of further services.
Do you need to wear a masks?
The government has been changing its advice on face coverings and so from 8th August it will be compulsory to wear face coverings in church. Of course if you have an underlying health condition that precludes wearing a face mask, that's no problem.
Ongoing Risk Assessment
We will revisit the Risk Assessment on a regular basis. If you would like to feed into this process or have any concerns whatsoever then please be in touch with Rev’d Ed or Rev’d Noel.
This will continue for the foreseeable future. If you come to the building on a Sunday you may wish to continue using the online service to sing the hymns and songs.
If you’re feeling poorly
Please don’t come if you’re feeling ill, especially if you have any of the Covid-19 symptoms (raised temperature, new dry cough, loss of taste or smell). Obviously, if you’ve come down with something else it’s wise to stay away for the week because we don’t want to be giving anyone anything.
If you become ill with Covid-19 symptoms during the service, please tell someone on the door and go home straight away. You and anyone else in your household will need to self-isolate as per government guidance.
If you come down with confirmed Covid-19 in the days after having been in church please let Rev’d Ed or Rev’d Noel know.
Please keep praying!
Please do keep praying for the clergy, the wardens, the PCC and all who are all working to make church as low risk as possible.
With every blessing,