Is St Paul's open?
and our RISK ASSESSMENTS
Are St Paul’s church and the halls open?
On a Covid secure basis, which means
how we are open is different from how what were used to, up to February this year
“Covid secure” means that a space open to the public operates with social distancing and other risk mitigation procedures,
under law and guidance set out in the plethora of Government documents.
How is church open?
We Currently have the following regular services:
Sunday 9:00am Holy Communion - Every Week
Sunday 10:45am Informal Worship - Bi-Weekly
Wednesday 10:00am Holy Communion - Bi Weekly
This service is for those who are classed as, or who feel vulnerable. Please do not attend if you have been engaging in regular social interactions, so we can keep this service as secure as possible
Church will be open during a service or prayer group. At other times it will be closed so that we can meet Covid secure requirements.
The door into church from the foyer will be locked.
If you have an occasional role in church and you need access to carry it out, (e.g. cleaning, sacristan, flowers), then you must log your entry and exit on the register by the sound desk and follow the hygiene and cleaning protocol. Speak to our wardens.
How are the halls open?
After a long absence, our halls have re-opened to our regular groups (such as pre-school, afterschool club and ballet),
who have completed their own Risk Assessments to ensure their activity is conducted in a Covid secure manner.
We've increased the frequency of our cleaning.
No other access is permitted.
It is unlikely we will be able to open for children's parties on a Saturday.
What about church groups?
We want to facilitate every group that would like to get restarted.
Each group/activity has to operate in a Covid secure manner, with an appropriate Risk assessment.
As with Pause for Prayer, we can see how prayer groups in church, an act of worship, can begin. With their own specific risk assessment.
Our small groups that meet in our congregation's homes, cannot re-start in a home.
But, if that group decides to meet in church, during the Covid regulations, we'll facilitate that.
Some have been meeting via Zoom and that can continue.
Groups that share a common interest and involve social activity, (e.g. Art, Craft, Computer) could happen back in the halls,
providing they meet the Covid secure requirements. Chat with Andrew to understand what's involved.
Coffee and Chat on a Wednesday, refreshments after a service and our Cafe church cannot operate,
because the serving of any refreshment is bound by strict rules we cannot meet. (Table service only.)
When the time is right and the members want to meet we'll try and make it happen.
As part of safely returning to public worship, and safely allowing the use of our Hall spaces again, we have completed some careful Risk Assessments detailing how we meet and worship in a 'Covid-secure' manner.
NHS TEST AND TRACE-
With the introduction of the requirement to keep contact details for all those attending church,
we need to hold your written consent as we collect this information each week.
(Our existing data consent is not sufficient for the Covid requirements,
hence the need for an additional consent.)