September 2020 Update

We plan to return to physical services on Sunday 6th September. You can read about the plans alongside an accompanying letter or watch the video below:


 


Key Information

  • Please do not attend our services if you are feeling unwell.
  • Please continue to follow hygiene and social distancing guidance.
  • If able (details about exemptions can be found here - point 4), masks should be worn by those aged over 11 years old. 
  • Unfortunately our services will not include congregational singing at this time. 
  • We plan to Live Stream our 9.15am and 7pm services to YouTube.
  • All services (except 8am) will require pre-booking, either online following the links below or by calling the church office (01444 482405). Tickets for services will be available from 9am on Monday until 12pm on Friday of the week preceding the service. Please just book in to ONE service.
 

Test and Trace

Since the publication of the September services information we have received a number of enquiries about the Test and Trace programme, and we would like to offer two important clarifications. Firstly, in line with official Church of England advice, participation in test and trace is encouraged but not obligatory. Secondly, the decision on who would need to self isolate rests with the NHS Test and Trace team who will assess the risks for every contact. The key focus for them is whether a person has "had close recent contact with someone who has coronavirus”. There is a persuasive argument to suggest that coming to a “socially distanced” service would not be included in this, though they are the arbiters. We believe that given the small ratio of infections in Sussex currently, and the safety measures we are putting in place, the chances of attendees being asking to quarantine is very small.

 

Current Safety Measures


The safety of everyone, including our congregation, our visitors, the clergy our employed team and our volunteers is our top priority.  We have taken steps to abide by Government guidelines and rules, the requirements of the Church of England and the directions of our Bishop, Martin. At every stage of "lock down" easing we have consulted and prepared the necessary Risk Assessments and acted, we believe, with a very conservative attitude to COVID-19 risks.

Some of the actions that we have taken in the church building are, for example:
  • Our Sunday Services are shorter than usual 
  • the use of face masks is mandatory (there are various exemptions including those leading elements of the service)
  • placing sanitising stations at the entrance
  • keeping doors open to avoid contact with visitors
  • for our Services, introducing a one way route system around the church site
  • removing all material that might have been touched by others - leaflets and Bibles etc.
  • reducing the number of available chairs to those we can comfortably accommodate with social distancing
  • cleaning of all surfaces that might be touched by individuals (including the toilet) will take place after each Service.

With respect to the Tiger complex, most groups that normally meet are currently not able to operate, other than Tiger Cubs, which is following OFSTED guidance. We have severely limited "footfall" into the Tiger as we are not allowing visitors for the time being. Those working in the Tiger have taken measures to limit occupancy in any one room to one person, where practical and increased cleaning routines have been introduced especially around shared resources. 

Click here for Government advice about what to do if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell)