One Church – Four Communities
Meeting on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month - restarting on Sunday 4th April
It is exciting that we are able to meet together in Welton Communities. We have two venues in Farrington Gurney, one in Paulton and one in Timsbury. While it may not be possible for everyone to join the meetings in person from the outset, this is an important step in us gathering our church back together.
A SAFE SPACE
First and foremost, the environment in which meetings are to be held will exceed government guidelines (please see appendix for important details before booking in). It is a priority that anyone attending is confident that we are being responsible and doing everything properly. In particular:
Everyone will have to use hand sanitiser as they enter.
We will meet the requirement to wear face covering while we are meeting as the Community.
Any people speaking from the front will be appropriately distanced.
We will observe the 1m (3 feet) separation requirement moving to and from our seats. Entering and leaving the venue will be managed to maintain this separation.
We will maintain 2m (6 feet) separation between us and the other people sitting at our table.
We will ventilate the space in accordance with UK & European guidance (that does not mean we have to have all the doors open in winter!).
There will be thorough cleaning before and after our meeting.
There will be a pre-booking in system to meet the “track & trace” requirements.
THERE IS NO PRESSURE
We are all an integral part of a loving & caring family church and so would not want anyone to feel pressurised to take part in the Community meetings.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful.
Please feel free to come and try out a meeting. There is no expectation for you to attend regularly if you do not feel completely comfortable. However, please let us know if you have any particular concerns that we can hopefully address in order for us to make the services more comfortable and accessible for everyone.
WHAT WE WILL BE DOING
Fundamentally, we will be doing Church, if you can remember what that was like!
Teaching – pre-recorded message displayed on a screen
Table time fellowship, discuss the message, what actions follow, prayer etc.
Communion – using sterile pre-packaged elements.
Family News - shared from the front
Worship – live worship led from the front (unfortunately, the congregation are not allowed to sing out loud)
Testimony - people come to front & share
Prayer times - for each other / community / nation / healing / etc
Bringing your own drinks
Reaching in out and up – how can we be salt and light?
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
In order to join in with a Community meeting, PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. This is to ensure that we can safely accommodate everybody. Bookings are now open. Please contact Sally Petit firstname.lastname@example.org for details of each community and how to book.
Each venue has a community a leader and they can be contacted for more information specific to attending their venue.
WHAT WE ARE CURRENTLY NOT PERMITTED TO DO
There are a few things that we cannot do:
No food or drink will be provided
No walking around during the service and mixing with people from other tables
No physical contact with people outside of your household.
It is important to ensure that you know that you are an important part of Welton Baptist Church whether you are able to attend in person or not.
We are committed to making sure that anyone who cannot come along to the meetings feels as connected and loved as those who can. We will be developing ideas to make that a reality. Go-Live Sunday services will continue on Youtube each week.
PRAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25
We are convinced that it is God’s will for his Church to meet together. While the current situation means that Church will look a little different, please pray in confidence that God will break down the barriers, that we might be in full physical fellowship as well as spiritual fellowship.
God bless and we look forward to welcoming you at one of our venues.
Matt and Matt
Rules for Gathering
We love welcoming people to our communities and look forward to seeing you at one of our meetings. During the coronavirus pandemic we have special precautions in place to keep everyone safe. These reflect the potential hazards of the transmission of COVID-19 through coughing and sneezing and through contact with contaminated surfaces. For everyone’s health, it is vital that all our guidelines are followed. Sadly, we must reserve the right to ask people to leave the building and even to end a gathering completely, if necessary, to protect your safety.
Please read through the rules below before booking into the service.
Please do not attend if you currently have any symptoms of coronavirus, if you are self-isolating or living with someone who is self-isolating and/or is vulnerable
Children are always welcome, and parents/guardians must be responsible for supervising them and ensure they are able to follow hygiene and social distancing precautions. In order to create a viable ratio of leaders/children across our communities there is no planned children's provision at Farrington Park.
We are required to take the names and addresses of everyone who attends a worship event and keep this information to enable contact tracing by the NHS if necessary. The record sheets will be kept securely and destroyed after 21 days.
Our Key Safety Rules
1. Maintain 1m social distance from anyone who is not in your household and ensure that you wear a face mask at all times.
2. Clean your hands using hand sanitizer when entering and leaving the building and avoid touching door handles or other surfaces as much as possible. Please only use the seating you are directed to.
3. If you need to use the toilet, please follow the directions given and follow hygiene precautions.
4. At the end of the service, please leave the meeting venue promptly, keeping socially distanced and limiting interactions with anyone you are not attending with. Where there are other facilities on site (e.g. bar/cafe) ensure to follow their COVID guidance if you choose to visit them"
5. Avoid touching your face (wash your hands if you do so accidentally) and use the crook of your elbow to avoid coughing or sneezing towards other people.
6. If you feel unwell at any point during worship, please advise one of the Community team and leave the building as quickly as possible to seek medical advice. If you become ill after the event, you must contact NHS Test and Trace to advise them that you have attended worship at Welton.
Welton Baptist Church Privacy Notice:
This privacy notice is an addendum to Welton Baptist Church’s main privacy statement and notices. The Charity Trustees of Welton Baptist Church (as Data Controller)* can be contacted by ringing 01761 410274 or email@example.com We are collecting your name and contact details in order to fulfil our responsibility to provide a safe environment in which those attending Welton Baptist Church can pray and worship during this COVID-19 recovery phase. We will only use this information to contact you in the event that we believe you may have come into contact with a suspected case of COVID-19 at Welton Baptist Church and it may be necessary to share your details with NHS Test and Trace if they are requested for contact tracing and the investigation of local outbreaks. Your name and contact details will temporarily be securely stored. They will be retained for a period of 21 days in line with government guidance and then disposed of within the following 7 days.
Please inform Welton Baptist Church as soon as possible if you test positive for coronavirus or develop any of the following COVID-19 symptoms: • A high temperature • A new, continuous cough • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste Data Protection legislation allows us to process this information as we regard it as being in the church’s legitimate interest. The Information Commissioner’s Office has published guidance on data handling during the pandemic. Please see www.ico.org.uk/coronavirus.