Livestream link on YouTube, our channel "Bethesdabc": https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFMgghsADmQQQFUC03IG0iQ
Good news! We are opening the church building again on Sunday mornings at 10:30am from 16th August, so that we can again gather together in person as the church.
If you are vulnerable or shielding, our advice is that you do not attend church in person. We will endeavour to make church as "Covid-19 safe" as possible, but gathering in person will always carry a greater risk of transmission than staying at home.
We will continue to live-stream the services. Please see below for more details.
For those who are considering joining in person, please take note of the following:
Before You Arrive:
- If you are experiencing any symptoms which may be Covid-19 related, then please do not attend in person, but rather take advantage of the other options made available to you.
- Reserve your seat in advance. There is a limit of how many will be able to attend in person. Given the current restrictions, that limit is set at 40 people. In order to safely manage the seating arrangements and to avoid a situation where we have to turn people away at the door, you will need to reserve a seat beforehand. We hope to keep some seats available for visitors who drop in unexpectedly. To reserve a place, please contact the church or email John Bridge by the Wednesday before the Sunday you would like to come. Please also tell us the number of seats you wish to reserve for your household / "bubble", and the names of those from your household / "bubble" who are planning to attend.
- Please wash your hands thoroughly before you arrive at church.
- Lord's Supper. Because we plan to share in the Lord’s Supper together, we would ask you please to bring your own bread, grape juice or wine, cups and plates. It is appropriate for all believers, who are not under any church discipline, to participate in the Lord’s Supper together.
- It is also recommended that you bring your own Bible as church Bibles won’t be available.
- Please try to arrive between 10:15 and 10:25am, ready for the service to start at 10:30am.
- Please observe social distancing as you enter the building, and in the event of a short queue.
- As you enter the building, you will be greeted (from a safe distance), asked to sanitise your hands, and your name taken for our register.
- You will then be ushered directly to your seat via a “one way” system marked out on the floor of the church.
- The disabled toilet will be available during the service. Unfortunately we will not be able to use the other toilet facilities or coat hooks.
- Once seated and socially distanced, please feel free to say hello to each other and to talk to each other until the service begins.
- Current government stipulations say we need to wear face masks in the church. Please bring one with you. Should you forget, we hope to have some available at the entrance to the church though these will be in limited supply, so please remember. Thank you.
During the Service:
- Services will be kept as brief as reasonably possible in order to conform to government guidelines and help families with young children. With this in mind, services are likely to last about 45 minutes.
- Unfortunately, we are not yet allowed to sing during our services. We are monitoring the government updates and will introduce singing as soon as possible.
- There will not be any Mini-zone or Crèche facilities available for the time being. Children will need to sit with their families. We will provide basic craft boxes for each family with young children and suggest a simple craft activity related to the sermon.
- The preaching will be significantly reduced in length, ranging between 15 and 20 minutes.
After the Service:
- We will need to leave the church building promptly after the service. This is necessary to limit the potential for the spread of Covid-19 and to allow time for those in the church who will be responsible for cleaning straight after the service.
- Although we cannot socialise in the church building, you are welcome to cross the road to Langer Park (next to Lidl), in order to catch up with each other. Should you do this, please remember to socially distance from each other and avoid clusters of more than six people per group.
There will be no evening service for the foreseeable future.
What Will Happen to Online Streaming?
For those who cannot gather in person, we are planning to continue to live-stream the services on YouTube (not including the communion at the end of the service), on our channel "Bethesdabc":
In addition to this, it will also be possible to join the church service virtually through Zoom. This will allow those at home to participate more interactively, including the communion at the end of the service, when those connected via Zoom and those gathered in person at church will be able to see each other onscreen.
Please switch off your cameras and mute your microphones throughout the service, until the YouTube livestream has been ended. Then, Zoom will be opened up for people to see and hear each other. Please have bread and wine or juice ready for the Communion if you would like to participate. All believers who know the Lord Jesus Christ as King and Saviour and have publicly professed faith through baptism, and who are not under any church discipline, are welcomed to participate in the Lord's Supper together.
Before the service is due to start, an email will be sent with a link to join the "meeting". If you have not already used Zoom on your computer or tablet (the same programme we are using for our virtual prayer meetings), then Zoom will ask to download and install it for you to use. Alternatively, you can download the "Zoom Client for Meetings" in advance from their website here: https://zoom.us/download. Please ask someone from your pastoral care group for help if you get stuck!
3. CDs and DVDs
We will also continue to make CDs and DVDs available to those who cannot access our online services or meet in person.
Posted Sunday 9th August, Updated Sunday 16th August