Important Information from our Oversight Team:
“Our STRIPE considered the latest Government announcement on Step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown and the impact on our activities at CBC. The following are key points that were foundational in guiding us in coming up with what we believe is a balanced approach to opening up, along of course with much prayer!
- To expand the work and impact of the Gospel
- To remain at all times within the law
- To take note of the Government’s advisory recommendations as well as the legal requirements
- To act responsibly in taking care of our brothers and sisters as far as possible, commensurate with 1, 2 and 3 above
- To have regard to the conflicting levels of concern and anxiety expressed by different members of the fellowship and to try to steer a course which will allow as many people as possible to re engage with Church in person and to benefit from meeting together and engaging in corporate worship and other group meetings.
- To take account of the impact on Worship leaders and other members who facilitate our in person meetings
- For these measures to remain in force until the autumn when a full review will take place or of course in the event of a change in Government legislation
For the main worship services, the following will take effect from Sunday 25th July
- No more requirement to book places via Eventbrite
- A request that all attendees are either double vaccinated or have taken a lateral flow test within 24 hours of attending and are negative for COVID 19. This allows for a more “normal” worship service including the removal of masks and allowing singing with greater confidence by minimising the risk of infections being passed on or causing mass isolations!
- We will take a register of attendees who will sign themselves in for track and trace in the short term ( until 16th August) and to enable us to advise people of any positive cases in the period until the next review
- Two zones in Church – Step 3 Zone in the balcony will require the wearing of face masks and there will be no singing – much like the current worship service, Step 4 zone – the ground floor – no masks required and singing encouraged. Slightly greater spacing between rows of chairs
- The option to wear a colour coded badge to indicate your attitude to close contact with others. This is to provide clarity and avoid embarrassment.
- Live music, prayers etc
- Junior Church will be provided at one service only over the summer due to holidays etc but will take place as now in the garden – parents drop off at the beginning of the service
- There will be no 9.15 service until September when 9.15 congregational leaders will review the logistics and a further decision will be made about resumption of that service
- These measures apply specifically to Priory Street and a further notice will be sent to Church on the Green members detailing the arrangements for Rudloe. However, similar principles will apply
For other meetings – Life and small Groups, men’s and women’s ministries, etc
- These can proceed in person once again without formal restrictions such as the rule of six but should follow the general guidance above on mitigation actions.
- The use of Eventbrite will be left to the discretion of the ministry leader. It can be a useful tool to promote the event or track attendees but compulsory use will no longer apply
- We would advise liaising with your group on how they feel about resuming in person meetings and aiming to include as many as possible by taking appropriate measures to mitigate risk. This may include lateral flow testing where not all members of the group are fully vaccinated, meeting outdoors if weather permits, using well ventilated spaces and avoiding over crowded rooms.
- For outreach events, please seek further specific guidance from the STRIPE team. Because these events will include people from our wider community, we want to take particular care and proposals with planned mitigation measures should be submitted to STRIPE for approval until further notice please.
What CBC will do for you:
- Offer live worship, prayers and sermon which will also be live streamed for those who are still uncomfortable with in person meetings. The aim is not to have pre-recorded aspects of the service.
- Tell you if someone at an event tests positive.
- For in person events, we will have 2 zones; one for those wishing to adhere to Step 3 restrictions (before 19 July) and another for those wishing to adhere to Step 4 restrictions (after 19 July).
- Offer hand washing or sanitisation facilities to use on entering the building
- Have disposable masks available in case the building becomes crowded
- Keep meeting spaces well ventilated where reasonable to do so
- Offer red/yellow/green stickers to help you bear with those who have a different view of risk to you.
- Refreshments will not be provided until the Autumn at the earliest.
- Hold junior church outside for the whole duration of the service, at Stage 4 restrictions only. We will keep a register of attendance.
- Space the rows downstairs in the sanctuary to allow 1m spacing
What you must do because the law requires it:
- Continue to act carefully and remain cautious.
2. Self-isolate if you develop Covid-19 symptoms, test positive for Covid-19 or NHS Track and trace contact you.
What we ask you to do because the Government recommend it:
- Limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with
- Meet outdoors where possible and maintain good ventilation in meeting rooms (responsibility of ministry leader)
- Government expects and recommends that you wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport, or if the meeting room is at capacity, ie. more than 1 person per seat.
- Where possible, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not into your hand. Dispose of tissues into a rubbish bag and immediately wash your hands.
- Tell the Church office if you test positive for Covid-19 within 10 days of attending a CBC event – office (at) corshambaptists.org
- We invite and encourage adults attending church to register on arrival and indicate that they are either double vaccinated or have had a negative Lateral Flow Test within the past 24 hours.
- For everyone to show kindness and grace towards each other as we navigate these difficult times, understanding that everyone has different levels of concern about their health and the wellbeing of their families
- For everyone to support and positively engage with the carefully considered measures we are putting in place for the time being to care for our Church family
- For continued patience as we gradually return to more “normal” Church life but recognising there is still further to go!
- Pray for us as leaders as we feel the responsibility of fulfilling our Lord’s commission to us to care in the way that he does for his precious family “Be shepherds of the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood.”
- To be encouraged that “The LORD himself goes before us and will be with us; he will never leave us nor forsake us. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”