Acomb Baptist Church

Together knowing Jesus and making him known

Covid Guidelines - January 2022

Attending Worship at Acomb Baptist Church

Background

The ABC congregation was invited back to the church building in July 2021, after the easing of Government restrictions on social contact which had been introduced to control the spread of Covid-19.

Out of care for one another and in accordance with the latest official and Baptist Union guidance, we have continued our commitment to provide the safest possible environment in which to welcome people back to church in person.

This has made it possible, alongside steady church attendance, to reintroduce in-person children’s and youth work, ABC Club has resumed and two community choirs are making regular use of the building during the week.

In order to protect the health and well-being of all connected with our church, we have conducted a risk assessment for every activity and put the following in place for those using the building:

·         Hand Sanitiser on the door

·         Signage promoting face coverings, hand-washing and distancing

·         Antibacterial wipes in toilet facilities

·         Enhanced cleaning regime

·         Improved ventilation

·         Distancing measures for those engaged in platform ministry and screens separating worship team members

·         Hygienically sealed elements for Communion

·         Creche available to one family at a time, by prior arrangement with Carolyn or Kirsty.

·         Provision of an offertory box in the foyer rather than passing bags along the rows. Use of bank transfer is encouraged.

Note: We are no longer required to keep formal records of who attends. 

 Thank you for doing your part to keep us all safe.  This means, please: 

ü  stay away if you feel unwell and observe Government advice on self-isolation following a positive test. (Do let us know if you are unwell so we can pray and offer any practical support.)

ü  if at all possible take up your Covid and flu vaccinations.

ü  take a lateral flow test prior to attending worship. This is in accordance with Government advice to do a test before attending crowded venues, or spending time with anyone who is clinically vulnerable.

ü  wear a face covering on arrival at church and throughout the service.  Exceptions are those who are medically exempt, or ministering from the platform or in the worship team.

ü  continue to exercise caution over physical contact. Only hug, kiss or shake hands with someone from outside your own household group, if they have asked or expressly agreed to it.

ü  bring your Bible, and your own drink or any other refreshments as for the time being they are not normally available at church. You should take any rubbish home with you. 

All of the above are subject to review if Government or Baptist Union advice changes. 

It is cause for rejoicing that we are able to meet again in person, albeit with restrictions in place.   At the same time we are mindful of those of our brothers and sisters who, for reasons of their own health or commitment to protecting others, are for now unable to join us for physical worship and so access the service over Zoom.  We remain one family in Jesus and meet always with you in our hearts and minds. 

Susan Hall, Acting Administrator on behalf of CLT

15 January 2022


ABC Club

From Wednesday 9 June 2021 ABC Club re-commenced meeting from 1.30pm-2.30pm (note later start time). Numbers are limited. Kirsty will speak with our usual attendees.


Last updated 21 January 2022 (BAF).

Page created Tuesday 25 May 2021.