Reopening St Martin’s

MarkChurch News

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4

We are planning to return to the building on Sunday 13th September. The building and service will be very different to what we are used to but it will be great to be back together. Here is what you need to know:

Booking

Due to maintaining social distancing, our capacity will be greatly reduced. Depending on whether people come on their own or in a household we will only be able to fit in 18-24 people. To help us plan the seating it would be helpful to know if you are coming in advance. Please email or ring me to let me know me know by Friday each week whether you are coming. (mark.davey@morden.church or 020 3592 2692)

Facemasks

Wearing a face mask is now compulsory in churches to help lower the risk of infection for other people. Children under 11 are exempt and those who cannot wear face masks because of a disability. We will have free disposable face masks at the main door of the church – you are welcome to help yourself.

Arriving

The service will start at 10.30am promptly. You will need to arrive early so we can get everyone in. Doors will be open from 10.00am and it would be helpful to have everyone seated by 10.20am. So please do arrive early.

Getting in

Please enter through the side entrance. This is on the right hand side of the building next to the public footpath. You will not be able to enter through our main entrance at the front of the building.

Queuing up

You will need to queue up outside and wait for a steward to let you in. There will be two metre distances marked out on the path and we would ask that you please adhere to these markings.

Sanitising your hands

Upon entering the building, you will be asked to wash your hands with hand sanitiser. A steward will then show you to your seat.

One-way system

Inside there will be a one-way system in place. This will be clearly marked out and we would ask that you follow the one-way system once in the building.

During the service

Once seated you will have to stay in your seat throughout the service. If you need the toilet at any point please follow the one-way system to get to the loo. Please also maintain social distancing when you are in the building. There will be no hymn books, Bibles or takeaways (the takeaway will still be available via email or post). There will also be no singing but we will play recorded music throughout the service. The service itself will last between 45 – 60 minutes.

After the service

At present we cannot serve refreshments. After the service you will be asked to leave promptly, one row at a time as directed by stewards. Please maintain social distancing as you leave the building. You will be leaving via what would be our normal front entrance.

Outside

Due to no more than 6 people being allowed to meet outside we will be unable to chat outside after church. Once you have left the building please make your way home. We will still be running online meet ups after church via Zoom@12.00pm. Please join then for fellowship if you would like to.

Please feel free to bring the following with you to church:

  • Cushions (the church cushions will be removed)
  • Water
  • Bible (or use an app)

Track and Trace

The government is asking us to keep a record of those who attend each week. This is part of their track and trace system. If you are on our GDPR list, you will not have to do anything. If you are not on the list, or are a visitor, you will be invited to leave your name and contact details. The record of those who attended will be destroyed after 21 days.

Stay at home if you are unwell

If you develop any Covid-19 symptoms during the week, please do not come to church; even if you have registered. Email or phone me to tell me you can’t make it.

Those at risk

The government advice says that those at extra risk (such as the over 70s) and the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ should be advised to stay at home as much as possible. However, the decision to attend a place of worship is theirs alone. Please bear this in mind as you think about whether to come or not.

Online

For those of you who are unable to come we will still continue to put our services online. As much as possible, the service online will have the same content as the one in the building.

If you are planning on coming, we look forward to welcoming you and seeing you soon.