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CORONAVIRUS Update:

Arrangements for Worship during Covid-19:

 What to expect when you visit KMC and how to stay safe.

 

Dear Church member/friend

We are looking forward to reopening the church for Sunday Worship subject to current Government guidelines/legislation.

We will be continuing our online worship but from Sunday 1st November 2020 there will be an opportunity for those who wish to attend worship in person, subject to strict guidelines.

Safety is our priority so if you do not feel safe to attend, please feel free to stay at home - whether you choose to attend in person or continue to worship at home, we are still worshipping as one church!

The new pattern of weekly worship will be: 

  • From 9.15am - Online worship available as now on the KMC You Tube, facebook page & website
  • 10.30am - Worship with congregation who have booked. This will alternate between Queens Road and Victoria centres.

Please Note that pre- booking is necessary as we have a limit of 25 seats to allow for social distancing. 

Although you can still expect a warm welcome, some things will be different:

  • In order to attend the service you must have made a booking by 5pm on the preceding Thursday with the church office at office@keynshammethodistchurch.co.uk or 0117 914 9408. This must be done for every week you wish to attend, as we cannot take repeat bookings. In the first instance we will prioritise those who cannot access our online services. 
  • If by 9am on the Sunday morning you are unable to come due to illness, please contact Paul Arnold (0117 986 0727) or if unavailable, Michael Danson (01225 872865), so that someone from the reserve list can be invited.
  • Face coverings are compulsory so please wear one at all times while in the Church building. [If you are exempt due to a medical condition, please inform the church office when booking].
  • Please do not arrive earlier than 15 minutes before the commencement of the service.
  • When you arrive at church if there's a queue to enter please leave a 2m space between you and the person ahead. Please maintain 2m social distancing throughout your visit.
  • At Queens Road please enter and exit through the main church door and foyer.

At Victoria please enter through the side Accessible entrance on the High Street and exit through the side door in Charlton Road.

  • Please use the hand-sanitizers provided when you arrive in church and before you exit.
  • To facilitate the Government Track/Test & Trace system, a register will be kept of your visit. This will be done through your booking and kept for 21 days in accordance with GDPR.
  • Inside the church, you will find the chairs spaced 2m apart, with groups for couples or families/bubbles, as booked. A Steward will guide you to your allocated seat. Please only occupy the seat/s you have booked and please do not move any chairs.
  • Services will be shorter (c. 30-40 minutes) and very similar to the online services. No refreshments will be served and fellowship afterwards is not allowed.
  • The Accessible toilet will be the only toilet available, for emergency use only. Please follow the handwashing guidance and clean any surface you touch with wipes which should be disposed of in the bins provided.
  • Congregational singing is not allowed during the service. No hymnbooks or bibles will be given out as words will be projected on screen.
  • An Offering plate will be located just inside the sanctuary. We strongly encourage you to give by standing order to reduce the possibility of infection via cash/envelopes (Neil Quilter has details). If you wish to bring an Offering please place it in a sealed envelope in the Offering plate. 
  • You may find it helpful to bring your own tissues and/or water which we cannot provide.
  • If you are taken ill during the service, a steward will take you to the designated Isolation area. 
  • CHILDREN: If you have children, they are welcome to attend but must be supervised by parents/carers at all times and remain in the act of worship throughout. We are not able to offer children’s activities or crèche at this stage.

FINALLY:  IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY COVID-19 SYMPTOMS, OR FEELING UNWELL, PLEASE STAY AT HOME! For your own and everyone else’s safety.

 

For the latest advice, information and resources from the Methodist Church please click here: https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus/official-guidance/

Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Below are some prayers you may find useful:

https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus/prayers-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/video-prayers/

God of all hope we call on you today.
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.

We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.
For those people who are worried about attending worship.
For those needing to make decisions in order to care for other
For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.
Grant us your wisdom.

Holy God, we remember that you have promised that
Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.

Amen.

  [from the Methodist Church website]

Loving God,
If we are ill, strengthen us.
If we are tired, fortify our spirits.
If we are anxious, help us to consider the lillies of the field and the birds of the air.

Help us not to stockpile treasures from supermarkets in the barns of our larders.
Don't let fear cause us to overlook the needs of others more vulnerable than ourselves.
Fix our eyes on your story and our hearts on your grace.

Help us always to hold fast to the good,
See the good in others,
And remember there is just one world, one hope,
One everlasting love, with baskets of bread for everyone.

In Jesus we make our prayer,
The one who suffered, died and was raised to new life,
In whom we trust these days and all days,

Amen.

The Revd Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference 

The Joint Public Issues Team offer the following prayer for those affected in this difficult time:

Loving God,

In your very being you exist in relationship,

living in service and love with yourself, and with us.

In reflection of this you call us into community,

that in knowing one another, listening to one another,

and serving one another, we might encounter you.

Through the life and ministry of Jesus Christ

when you encountered a hungry crowd,

or a family in need of healing,

or a group isolated from society,

you responded with action, feeding, resurrecting, welcoming.

Open our eyes to the needs of those around us,

especially as we encounter new challenges.

Help us to turn to one another in love,

responding in action, in service of your hope. Amen.