24 March 2021
You might like to know more about what it feels like to come to church at St Nicholas at the moment.
- For everyone's safety we are now using the NHS test and trace system. We encourage you to download the app (NHS COVID-19) and to be ready to scan the QR code. (If you don't have a smart phone we will check you in manually.)
- If on the day of the service you or anyone in your household has developed any symptoms associated with COVID-19, or have been told to self-isolate, please do not attend.
Here are some answers to FAQs.
What plans do you have in place to keep people safe from Covid?
- We will ask you to follow the hands - space - face guidelines – sanitising hands, keeping your distance, wearing a face covering (for those who are not exempt).
- We have spaced our seats so that you should be 2m from those outside your household/bubble at all times except occasionally in very short-term transit.
- Once you are in your seat, please do not get up and move around.
- Our Welcome Team will coordinate things so that you can come in and go out without getting too close to others. We ask you to cooperate with them!
I’ve been told that we are not allowed to talk to people from other households. Is that right?
- Sadly, yes. The Church of England understanding of the Government’s regulations does mean that, beyond greeting each other, we are asked not to have conversations beyond our households/bubbles – AND that is the case both inside and out – in the church building and in the churchyard!
- We are delighted to be able to meet in church – but it’s understandable that we have been asked to restrict conversation. The vital thing is to stop the virus being transferred on our breath – as much as possible. (And, as ever – that’s for the NHS, the vulnerable and the elderly as much as for us personally).
What about children – do you have groups/provision for them?
- We will be maintaining Covid safety patterns at our all age services, just as at our adult ones. It would be worth explaining that to children. Government guidelines don’t let us run things in the same way as things are done at school. Nonetheless, we aim to have great fun!
- At other services, if children come, they’ll need to stay in their seats – so you might want to bring quiet toys/books/drawing things for them.
What about toilets?
Our toilets will be open for use, but we’d like to keep them as much as possible for emergencies – so if you can avoid using them, that will be greatly appreciated!
Will there be refreshments? Can I get a drink of water?
Unfortunately, we can’t produce refreshments or even glasses of water (except in absolute emergencies) – so it would be really helpful to bring a bottle of water along with you.
What about ventilation?
As you may have heard, we need to keep windows and doors open to make sure there is a through draft and fresh air. We will have the heating on as much as possible and try to preserve as much heat as possible, while keeping things safely ventilated. However, it will be wise to bring slightly warmer clothing than normal!
What about singing?
Sadly, we are not allowed to sing together inside the building – but we are allowed a music group – and we are allowed to rejoice in our hearts!
COVID 19 Parish Risk Assessment for St Nicholas Church:
Indoors - click here
We are very much looking forward to seeing you.