Government guidance currently allows churches to meet together in person as long as the meeting has been risk assessed and specific guidance followed. A team has been developing plans for the church to meet again safely. For further information, do check out the video below, or for something more detailed, download our guide to a Covid secure church gathering (available via the link on this page) so that you can see a bit of how we've thought this all through.
Several people have asked for clarification on the governments advice for people in vulnerable and extremely vulnerable categories, please see below or in the Emmanuel Church is restarting document.
If you would like to attend a meeting, you will need to pre-book and the service will adhere to social distancing rules. Everyone over the age of 11 must wear a face covering inside the building, unless you have a medical condition which makes this impossible, and strict cleaning regimes will be followed to ensure people’s safety. If you have had any of the following symptoms in the 10 days before a service you must not attend and should instead follow the government guidance on self-isolation:
- A high temperature,
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
Services for this coming Sunday can be booked through our web calendar here or by following these links:
The morning services will also be live streamed on Zoom - Meeting ID: 789 145 138 and Passscode: Emmanuel
If you are having difficulty booking online, or if you have any questions about the services, please email and one of the team can help you. You can also download our FAQs for bookings by following the link on this page.
Individuals aged 70 years and over attending the place of worship
- Certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including people who are aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions.
- Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household.
- You should consider informing these groups in particular of the symptoms of COVID-19 and current stay alert and social distancing guidance.
Individuals who are extremely clinically vulnerable/shielding
- The NHS has written to around 2.2. million who are considered to be extremely clinically vulnerable to COVID-19, advising them to shield. See the current guidance for this group. Shielded patients are currently advised not to meet more than one person from outside of their own household, and therefore not currently advised to attend places of worship. Those shielding individuals may choose to gather in groups of up to 6 people outdoors and form a support bubble with another household, they will therefore still be advised not to attend places of worship indoors. Advice for both the clinically vulnerable and extremely clinically vulnerable is however advisory and they can choose how to manage their own risks.