Reopening our church building

Reopening our church building
Published by Steve Clarke on Tue, 30 Jun 2020 09:40
During the lockdown we have continued to worship and follow Jesus in this changing time and it's been incredible to see how God has continued to meet with us and provide as we have stepped out in faith, hope and love.

Sunday services returned to our building from Sunday 12th July. 

You can read a Welcome Back letter from Steve & Laura here.

This will give some idea of what to expect and what you can bring with you.

Please watch our latest update message for more details about the space and relaunching kids church safely from Sunday 13th July.

How St Andrew's is planning to reopen for service

Keeping people safe

We will be following government guidelines, including the regular use of hand sanitiser, hand towels and social distancing of at least 1 metre. The building will be cleaned before and after each meeting. There will be a short time to socialise after the service but no refreshments can be served.

Face masks

The latest government guidelines require the earring of face coverings indoors in public settings.

We recognise that masks help to prevent the spread of infection where social distancing cannot be maintained. Our seating arrangements are planned to support at least 1.5-2m distancing, but facecoerings help this precaution. We want people to feel as comfortable as possible in church and so are encouraging and supporting the use of masks. One will be available on the door if you forget one.

It is not required for those who are leading and assisting with the service to wear a face covering while performing this function.

We will keep updated with the latest advice and adapt to guidelines.

Sunday morning all-together spoken service

At our usual time of 10.30am we will gather for our Sunday Service. We will worship using Psalms, spoken word & music, but will not be able to sing together. We will have prayers, a reading and a short talk. 

In the centre pews, there will be seating for individuals and pairs. Towards the sides of church, there will be larger spaces for families and children. We will be providing resources and activities for kids and young people that help to include them in our all-together time.

Welcoming everyone: Live streaming

For some, returning to the building to worship together will be a joyful moment, for others it may not be possible or they may not feel ready to join us quite yet. We want to provide worship that is as inclusive as possible and protects everyone's health and wellbeing.

Therefore, during this time we aim to livestream our services so that those who are shielding or unable to be present for other reasons, can join in.

You can find the livestreams for Sunday Morning & Wednesday Evening on the homepage of our website

We are hoping to follow the live-stream with an opportunity for those at home to chat online with our church community via Zoom. 

The link for after the service will be the Sunday Link we've been using. or Meeting ID: 759-858-568