We are doing our best to meet the needs of our Church family and the local community while following the Government’s and the Church of England’s guidance. We continue to meet online for our Sunday morning service at 10.30am (and at other times) and are actively planning how to open up the building for public worship and community use.
Further down on this page you will find the latest Covid-19-related communication from our minister Bart Erlebach to the Emmanuel Church family. A little further down you will also find a link to the Questionnaire for returning to Church, a link to the Parish Risk Assessment for Opening the Church up for Public Worship and once it is up and running, the link to Registering your attendance at our services.
Communication from Bart Monday 27/07/20
Dear Emmanuel Church Family
As we have announced, we are really looking forward to opening up the building for Sunday services in late August. It feels like a very long time ago that we were able to gather for services. It will be so good to be able to start gathering with those who feel able to do so even though we won’t be able to do all we would like to.
Our first service in the building will be towards the end of August (we are aiming for 23rd August as our first Sunday), initially showing the online services in the building.
There will be more information to follow (and it is possible the guidance will change by the end of August) but the brief summary of what we will be doing is as follows (please scroll down to see link to the risk assessment we have completed):
- We will keep a safe distance apart from one another (2 metres)
- We will need to register for the services. Preferably this should be done before the Sunday, either online or by phone. If needed, it can be done on the day. (We need to know numbers beforehand and we need to know who was present in the building for track and trace).
- We won’t be able to sing together
- We will wear masks in the building (no one loves wearing them but out of love for one another, please do)
- We will limit touch by not serving coffee or communion
- We will need to leave promptly after the service (sorry – no hanging around even outside to chat)
If you, or any in your household, develop symptoms that could be coronavirus, then please don’t attend.
Those who are at extra risk and the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ should consider the risks they face individually and make their own decision as to whether and when they should attend services in person. The online service will still be available.
Over August Pathfinders and Vision will be having a break but JAM will continue online (even when the service is being shown in the church building). We are hoping we might be able to get all of our Sunday children’s and young people’s groups happening in person in the building in September, but we will come back to you on that.
It would be really helpful for us as we plan, if you could please fill out a quick questionnaire so we can know how you feel about coming back into the building. You can find it just below (it will only take a few minutes to fill out!). If you want to talk to someone about the questionnaire, do ring the church office on 020 8390 2372 (we will call you back if you leave a message).
All those in the Church family who are not online will be receiving a paper copy of this correspondence, along with the questionnaire.
Please could you complete the questionnaire by Monday 3 August.
In all this please be praying for the Lord to use our coming back into the building for his glory.