Covid - 19

 

We’ve all been pleased to see non-essential retail outlets, public buildings and indoor leisure facilities being

re-opened from Monday 12th April.

 

But what restrictions remain in place for places of worship?

 

Here’s a link to the latest updated government guidance:

COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The church leaders discuss this guidance each month and consider what the best approach for our church is.

 

In terms of the experience of worship very little changes. Here’s a quick summary:

  • The size of the building determines the number of people who can safely attend.

  • A risk assessment is to be carried out for each meeting in the chapel.

  • Social distancing must be maintained.

  • Hand sanitiser is to be provided upon entering and leaving the building.

  • A form with contact details for attendees is to be kept.

  • People are not to mingle outside household bubbles if indoors.

  • People 70+ are advised to keep social contact low and maintain social distancing.

  • Shared facilities for children, play corners and toys should be removed from use.

  • Face masks are to be worn.

  • Singing is not permitted.

 

At our church leaders meeting in April it was agreed that the restrictions inhibit our experience of worship and that the current arrangements we have instituted are helpful and inclusive. The following decisions were made:

  • A sermon is recorded each week and is posted on this website each Sunday morning.  obrservices.ml 

  • The sermon is also streamed live to Facebook and is available to view there too.                                                       https://www.facebook.com/overbaptistchurch

  • An interactive meeting is held on ZOOM each Sunday morning at 11.00 am.

  • A service of Communion will be held in the chapel building at 11.00 am on Sundays 2nd May and 6th June.

  • If the COVID -19 situation in the country remains constant, we look forward to resuming worship services in the chapel with no restrictions from Sunday 27the June.