Bicester Team Ministry

Review of COVID restrictions at St Edburg’s Church -

Summary of decisions from meeting of Acting Rector and Churchwardens

Service timings - St Edburg's: 

Sunday (in Church and via Zoom): 10:30    

Wednesday (via Zoom only): 10:00

Services -  Kingsmere (Messy Church)

Services - St Mary's / St Peter's / St Laurence 

 

As general restrictions lift, we are keeping the guidelines for St Edburg’s Church under constant review. Here are the current key operating principles for all users of our Church building. We invite all hirers to supply the Office with a copy of their own risk assessment.

 

We are still keeping the guidelines for St Edburg’s Church under regular review. Here are the current key operating principles for all users of our Church building. We invite all hirers to supply the Office with a copy of their own risk assessment.

 

Entering & Exiting the Church

  • The main entrance is the North door. The South door is our accessible entrance and may be used as an exit for large gatherings.

 

Ventilation & Distancing

  • We are now removing the request to wear masks in church, and leaving it to individual choice, whilst asking everyone to be considerate of others’ vulnerability and concerns.

  • Our building is very old and affords its own ventilation.

  • For services, chairs will continue to be laid out in rows, with a 1m space between rows. There will be chairs available in the South Transept for anyone wishing to maintain extra social distancing.

  • For social events, seating may be rearranged as long as the rows are replaced afterwards.

 

Sanitizing & Cleaning

  • Hand sanitizer will continue to be provided at appropriate points.

  • Professional cleaners attend the Church once a week.

 

Service arrangements

  • We will continue to offer main services online for those unable or unwilling to attend in person.

  • Orders of service, hymns & songs, bible readings and notice sheets are circulated electronically prior to livestreamed services.

  • During main services we will show order of service and songs on the screens. For other services, paper orders of service will be available.

 

Facilities for Children

  • We hope to reintroduce our children’s area shortly, meanwhile books or toys may be brought from home for individual use.

  • There is a baby change unit in the accessible toilet cubicle.

 

Refreshments

  • The servery is available for use as required. Please ensure appropriate food hygiene measures are observed

  • All cups etc. should be placed in the dishwasher after use and the programme run according to instructions provided.

 

Feeling Unwell with COVID Symptoms

  • We request that you stay at home and follow the government guidelines. Please inform the Office or a churchwarden if you become unwell during or after attending a service / event.

March 2022

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