Opening Our Doors

We're Opening Our Doors Once Again!

For almost four months our church building may have been closed, but our church has remained very much alive! We are so thankful to every single one of you for all the ways you have looked out for one another during this time. Not only have you loved and cared for each other but, our community too! While it has been sad not to be able to meet together in person, it has been wonderful hearing of all the ways you have connected with each other, strengthening existing relationships and developing brand new ones. We are thankful to God for you, our church family.

As Government restrictions are lifted, the time has come to begin putting plans into place to reopen our doors once again. We have spent time looking at all the practicalities involved in gathering together in church, whilst making sure we take all the necessary steps to do this in a COVID-19 secure way.

We are excited to be restarting our services at church, beginning with our Sunday evening service at 6:30pm on Sunday 2nd August 2020. To keep in line with social distancing guidlines, maintaing a distance of 2 meters between households, there will be a limit to the number of people who can attend our services. We have calculated that 36 adults from seperate households can safely attend our services. Those from the same household or social bubble will be able to occupy a pew without social distancing, making this number vary slightly, depending on how many families attend our services. We will initially operate on a 'first come, first serve' basis, however, if the need arises we will look to develop an online booking system.

We understand that some of you will be keen to worship inside our church building once again, whereas others will feel a little uncomfortable with that idea. That is ok. We will continue to livestream all our services, spreading our passion for Jesus Christ to Manchester, the UK and the world!

Those who are at increased risk of severe disease from Coronavirus (COVID-19), including those aged 70 or older, as well as those suffering from a range of serious medical conditions, are encouraged to not attend in person during this time, but continue to take advantage of our service livestreams.

We've had to make changes to the way we do things during our services, to keep everyone safe, in line with Government and Church of England guidance. Here is a summary of some of the things you can expect when attending our church. If you have any questions or concerns you are encouraged to email Rev Paul Jump.

What will happen when I arrive for church?

  • We ask that you arrive in good time and queue outside of the building, maintaining social distancing at all times. There will be floor markers indicating a distance of 2 meters.
  • A member of our 'Meet and Greet' team will ask you to enter the building. In order to minimise transmission of the COVID-19 Virus and to assist the NHS 'Test and Trace' system, the Government have advised churches to keep a temporary record of who has attended services for 21 days. Therefore, you will be encouraged to give your full name and a contact telephone number. If you arrive as one household or in a social bubble, one 'lead member' will be asked for their details only. You will find our Privacy Notice on our notice board as you enter the church building.
  • There will be a hand sanitiser station at the main entrance, we ask that you sanitise your hands before entering church.
  • The Church of England strongly advise that face coverings are worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors where there maybe other people present. We ask that you wear a face covering whilst attending our services.
  • We have created a 'one-way' system throughout our church building. You will be directed to a seat, filling up pews from the front first. Only one pew will be used, out of every three pews, with only two people, socially distanced at two meters apart, seated on each pew. Those from the same household or social bubble may sit together on a pew without social distancing.

What will happen during the service?

  • There will be no service sheets, bibles or literature used during our services. We encourage you to bring your own bible. 
  • Unfortunately, due to increased risk of transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we're unable to sing together in the church building, but we will be able to listen reflectively as music is played to us by the worship band.

What will happen after the service?

  • There will be no refreshments served after the service.
  • After the service you will be asked to leave row by row, starting with the back row. 
  • Exit from the building will be via the back door, where there will be a hand sanitiser station; we ask that you sanitise your hands before leaving.
  • Government guidelines permit people to gather outdoors in groups of up to six, whilst maintaining social distancing. We ask that you refrain from gathering outside on church grounds, but perhaps take advantage of parks locally on a dry, sunny day.
  • Please continue to follow social distance guidlines outside of the building.

Lots of things have changed and there are many changes yet to come, but the LORD remains the same. As we gather again, we meet to worship the same God, who out of love for us sent His son to die, so that we might live with him forever.