The last 3 weeks have been a great time to gather as a church family, and following on from a second consultation form, it is clear that many want ‘normal’ church back, so the team who are working really hard to bring things together are able to offer something more over the summer.
Legally we must have a ‘Risk Assessment (RA)’ in place and signed off by our Trustees in order to open (this was first completed on Wednesday 1st July 2020 and a second review was completed on the 17th July 2020). We must follow the guidance we have proposed, and this means our building is limited to around 30-40 people. Therefore to help us implement the RA, if you would like to attend a service up until September you will need to book in every week, and wait for a confirmation that we have space for everyone.
Unless you have booked in by the Friday before the Sunday Service, and we have contacted you specifically to say we can accommodate you, please can you to support us and not come to the building – we want to keep you and everyone safe.
In the meantime, please feel free to take a look at our latest Risk Assessment (RA) updated 17.07.2020, please click here (a signed copy is kept on record).
Please also see our quick guide below, and a plan which shows how the flow through the building will be implemented in line with our RA.
Quick Guide to our RA
If you are coming to the church building please make sure you have read and understood the following points:
- You must not come to church if you have been experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been asked to self-isolate
- Everyone who attends church will be asked to confirm they are not displaying any symptoms. A record of your attendance and your answer must legally be kept for 21 days and then deleted (this will be secure and in line with GDPR).
- By entering the church building you understand that if anyone contracts the virus within the congregation everyone may have to self isolate for 14 days
- Please follow the guidance from the stewards, who are on hand to support and guide.
- Upon entering the church and other rooms please use hand sanitiser – Stewards will provide this
- Try to avoid touching surfaces as these need to be disinfected, and if you do then reapply hand sanitiser
- Social distancing practise is to be observed at all times within the premises (unless with people of your own household or bubble), this is a minimum of 2 metres
- Please ensure that your children and young people are supervised and supported with their hygiene
- Food and drink will not be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own drink in a sealed container (water can be provided upon request)
- Please make sure you take all your belongings home
- Toilets: Please try to avoid using the church toilets by using your facilities at home before coming to church, however if you do need to use our facilities:
- A Steward will make sure you have exclusive access to the appropriate toilet
- Parents please use the disabled toilet for your children
- Products are available in each toilet to clean the facilities before and after use (this is your responsibility to complete this)
- Please put any wipes etc in the bins provided – NOT down the toilet
- Please close toilet seat and lid BEFORE flushing (flushing with the lid up transmits many more particles)
- Please wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water (see signs)
- Please see a Steward to sanitise before returning to the main hall (via the front entrance)
- We will avoid loud singing together in the main hall as this requires a whole different level of precautions (see full RA for more details – we are not banned from singing, this is a current choice we are exercising for the main hall, but other provisions for sung worship are being considered and offered)
- No-one is to enter any other rooms, this includes the kitchen – if you need anything please ask… the Stewards are the there to help you.
Moving Around LWBC
There is a flow of movement around the building which is intended to help us minimise cross-traffic, please see the map below which shows:
- Which side of the building to queue whilst waiting to be signed in
- Which door to enter
- Which door to exit
- The route you need to take if you need the facilities
- Please stay in your allocated seats once you have entered the building
This is only a guide and if someone needs to use the side entrance to enter the building the stewards will hold back any traffic and allow that person to safely move around the building.