Arrangements in place from April 2021 when the church building is open for the Sunday service
This services will be broadcast live on the St Matthew's YouTube channel. Details of our services can be found on our Services page and a recording of the service will also be available via St Matthew’s YouTube channel.
There will not be any provision for children in the church this week but they are of course welcome to the service. Online activities will continue.
There are clear rules and guidance from the Government and Church of England to ensure we maintain safe practices as we gradually re-open our doors for Sunday worship. We are following these guidelines closely and have completed appropriate risk assessments. A summary of the main steps taken and precautions which must be taken by anyone entering the church building is below.
We want to welcome everyone, but we ask that you do not come to the church building if you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of COVID 19.
Cleaning and hygiene
The church is being regularly cleaned in line with government guidelines.
The toilets are available if needed but we will limit to one user at a time in each of the male and female facilities. Before using the toilet, please apply sanitiser, then wash your hands with hot water and soap afterwards. Discard paper towels in the appropriate bin. Before leaving the toilet, re-sanitise any areas you have been in contact with, as well as your hands.
Arrival at church
Please enter the church building through the glass doors and follow social distancing rules if you need to wait to enter. Hand sanitizer is available just inside the doors which we ask everyone to use this: please don’t linger at the doors or sanitizer station as we would like to get people into the building with minimal queues outside. There are clear signposts and friendly welcomers on hand to guide you to a seat.
Please wear a mask when you enter the church and for the duration of the service, unless you are not able to do so for medical reasons. We will have spare masks if you need one.
Track and Trace
When you enter the church the welcomers will take your name and (if we don’t have them) contact details for Track and Trace. Please notify us by contacting the church office if you develop symptoms after you have been at a service.
Seating and one-way system
Chairs and pews are set at 2 metres distance and marked to maintain social distance. Our welcomers will guide you to a seat. Households can of course sit together without observing social distancing. Please don’t move the chairs as these have been carefully positioned.
A one-way system is in place and you will leave the church building via the church kitchen door.
At the moment we are not permitted to offer refreshments after the service.
At present we are not able to linger to chat inside the church building after the service. Outside the church you are asked to follow the "rule of six".
There may be music before and after the service and during Communion, but at the moment congregational singing is not permitted.
We will be livestreaming the service, so if you are concerned about being filmed, please let the welcomers know and they will seat you somewhere where there’s no risk of this. We realise that there are good reasons why people cannot be filmed so please don’t hesitate to say so. However, we would also like to have some congregation visible in the livestream, so please say if you are happy to be seen ‘on camera’.
At the moment we can’t offer the usual style of prayer ministry because of the need for social distancing. However, if you would like to be prayed for, please write your prayer down (anonymously if you wish) and put it in our prayer ministry box.
’Coffee after Church’
An opportunity to chat with others via Zoom and listen to an informal interview with a member of the congregation or local community, will continue to take place at 12.15 after the Sunday service. If you would like to take part, please contact the church office for details.