Thought For The Week 17 May 2020
Covid 19 Alert Level 2: Important information
As our nation emerges from the constrictions of level 3 lockdown it is important to realise that we are not out of the woods entirely and there is still a risk that this corona virus can be spread around our community. But we are heading in the right direction and thankfully a loosening of the restrictions is happening.
What does this mean for our church life?
At present church gatherings are restricted to 10 people only. Because of this we will continue with our Worship@Home online service and printed service sheets as we have been doing over the past 8 weeks. We will be seeking folk who will be prepared to host friends and neighbours for church so that small groups can gather in homes to participate together in the online service. This will be especially helpful for those who don’t have the technology available. Health and safety protocols will be in place for each host which includes contact tracing information and hand sanitizer available.
Once the number is lifted from 10 we will have one service at St Stephen’s which will be live streamed on our You Tube channel. We will be limited on how many we can accommodate as social distancing of 2 metres will be the protocol.
The office will re-open on Tuesday 19th May. There will be a limit of one-person visiting the office at a time and visitors will be required to wait at the front door until let in.
Groups and ministries who use our facilities
Many groups who use our buildings can recommence when they are ready to. However, each group will need to supply a health and safety plan to the parish council executive which meet weekly. This is to ensure the guidelines put out by our Church Council of Assembly and the Ministry of Health are adhered to.
Home groups and fellowship groups
These can restart with the same caveats: no more than 10 people with H&S protocols in place. We will also be able to restart our home communion service to shut ins in June and rest home services at the discretion of the care facility.
As we emerge from our strict lock down measures, we must all be very careful and vigilant about personal hygiene and maintaining some social distancing in order to keep the vulnerable safe. I think we can all be proud of the effort our team of 5 million have made. Let’s keep up the good work.