Attending Welwyn Evangelical Church from 5 July 2020

As we reopen our building for public worship on Sunday mornings from 5 July 2020, please read the following notes carefully:

You must only come to the church building if you or anyone in your household or support bubble does not have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 i.e. a new, continuous cough or a high temperature or loss of or change to sense of smell or taste.

In line with Government guidance, those in the 'shielding' and 'extremely vulnerable' categories are strongly discouraged from attending worship at the church building. Certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including people who are aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions.

At all times, we must strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines between individuals and households.

On arrival
If parking in the church car-park, please leave at least a 1 metre gap between cars.

Entry and exit to the building will only be via the main double doors at the end of the covered walkway. The doors from the side car-park will not be in use.

Entering
On entering the building either wash hands for 20 seconds using soap and water or use hand sanitiser provided. You may need to queue to come into the building and if so, please observe the social distancing markers.

Parents and guardians must help the children in their care to observe the guidance on hygiene, hand-washing, and to remember social distancing at all times.

Apart from young children and those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly, everyone must wear a face covering on entering the building and keep it in position until outside the building again.

No offering bags will be available in the vestibule, but speak with a steward if you wish to give an offering. Church Bibles will not be available for use.

We will not be singing in the church building, but we will listen to pre-recorded hymns during the service. Hymnbooks will only be available to anyone who has not yet borrowed one from the church and should be taken home and brought each time they come to church. If you have already borrowed a Church hymnbook you can bring this with you. Alternatively you may wish to download the Christian Hymns App from your App Store to your mobile device.

Please bring your own water if required as none will be supplied at church.

Please find a seat promptly, filling up the church from the front to the back. There will be an area of single seats, an area of double seats and rows for families. All seating will be socially distanced. Families/households should sit together. There will be enough seating for everyone who has notified us of their intention to attend.
Stewards will be on hand to assist as you enter the building and help you find a seat.
Keep personal belongings (coats, cushions, books) with you at all times and remember to take them home with you again.

Leaving
At the conclusion of the service, please stay in your seat until a steward asks you to leave the building and then do so promptly.

No refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the service.

The Church Library,CD Library and Bookstall will be temporarily closed.

Toilets
Toilet facilities will be available but will have a one in, one out queuing system and the entrance doors to the ladies and gents toilets are to remain open. Toilet seats, handles, taps etc must be sanitised after each use using the wipes available. Children under 11 years of age must be accompanied to the toilet by a parent/guardian.

General
A temporary record of attenders will be kept for 21 days and details passed on to NHS Test and Trace if required. This record will be in accordance with our General Data Protection Regulations.