Sundays In-person

Sundays — What to expect

Hope Church meets live on Sunday mornings at 10am for worship and teaching. With current restrictions there are still some requirements for attendance which are outlined below. However, these may change to reflect government advice.

What will be happening at the in-person service?

You will be greeted at the door by the welcome team, asked if you have signed up and if you ticked the relevant boxes, relating to lateral flow tests and any symptoms. You will need to stay away if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms. Once you have entered the building you will be shown to your seat, which will still maintain a 2m distance from others.

We will be able to sing with masks on and enjoy worship and the preaching. The Summer series will involve lots of interaction with children and it will be a great time to be family together. The service will be approximately an hour long. Where afterwards we will then encourage everyone to go outside, at the back of the building where we can chat and catch-up mask free!

Will the service still be streamed on YouTube?

The service will be uploaded later in the day. We want everyone to remain connected but will be unable to stream the service live.

What time do I need to arrive?

Doors will open at 9.30am. It's important you arrive by 9.45am so our welcome team can make sure you're ready for the service at 10am. Please note, if you arrive late we cannot guarantee entry.

What can I expect on arrival?

Our friendly welcome team will greet you and check you’re able to sanitise your hands and wear a mask. They will then check you in. If you use the NHS Track and Trace app, you will be able to scan our premises QR code. We are asking everyone to enter through the main entrance so the team can sign you in. There is side access for anyone with mobility requirements and can be assisted into the building via the side entrance.

Our team will then show you to your seats. As we still need to follow certain safety guidelines, you’ll be seated 2 metres apart in households or support bubbles.

Want to know more?

Get in touch by emailing us at office@hopechurch7oaks.org or call the office on 01732 464456.

FAQS

We won’t be running formal kids work during at the moment. The summer series however, running from 25th July to 29th August will be family services and engaging for all the family. We will have a creche available for smaller children (under 4) that parents can go to and will be able to watch the service from there.

Although the national restrictions in England have been lifted, the pandemic is sadly not yet over. Informed by latest Government guidance, we have developed sensible safety guidelines to help us look out for one other as we return to meeting together inside the church building.

It won’t be exactly the same as the last time we were all together without restrictions. Although the government have now removed all restrictions and the mandatory wearing of face masks, there is still advice to wear masks in enclosed areas. So, it will be a bit different on Sunday and throughout the summer, as we are asking any adult who attends to wear a mask during the service (unless they are exempt for medical reasons, which we would ask you to display in the usual way that you would if you were entering a retail or other premises). Children under 11 are also exempt from mask wearing.

Yes, At this stage, whilst cases are still high and infection rates are still rising the safest way to keep the spread of infections down, face coverings will add another layer of protection. Everyone 11 years and over must wear one whilst in the building. We appreciate everyone's efforts as we accommodate these rules for people's safety.

Yes. Men’s, women’s, and disabled toilets will be available including baby changing facilities. These will be cleaned both before and after the service.

Depending on the week, we may share communion together, pray or offer socially distanced prayer for anyone who would like it. We will then head out to the back of the building through the fire exit at the back of the hall to enjoy a quick drink and catch-up with others. Please provide your own drink. (Drinks may be available after the first few weeks).

Yes, we are. We will though, as already mentioned wear masks whilst we do so to reduce the risk of spread of infection.

Alongside social distancing and mask wearing, hand sanitising stations will be available throughout the building. All surfaces like chairs, door handles, and the kids' areas will be sanitised before and after the service. Toilets will also be cleaned before your arrival.

No, vaccinations are not compulsory to be able to attend.

Should someone become ill during the service, they will be advised to go home immediately and follow the stay-at-home guidance, which covers NHS Test and Trace. Others who may have been in contact with the person should wash their hands thoroughly, but they do not need to take any other specific action unless they develop symptoms or are advised to do so by NHS Test and Trace. If they do develop symptoms, they should follow the stay-at-home guidance.

We would also encourage everyone to take a lateral flow test within 48hrs of attending to be as safe and informed as possible. 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms, regularly conducting rapid lateral flow tests may help reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

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