We want everyone to have the opportunity to ‘gather’ whether physically or online, so, as well as physical meetings, we will provide a livestream of the service on our YouTube channel.
We’re following the principles laid out by the PCC for how we will plan throughout the covid pandemic. See below.
Please continue to bear with one another, as some will be more cautious and others more relaxed in our approach. If you would like to join us on a Sunday or midweek please read the steps outlined below.
There is an area both on the west end of the ground floor (under the gallery at the back of church) and on the south side of the gallery set aside for those wearing masks and socially distanced.
Before the service
- Currently Government rules allow gatherings and masks are not required. We ask that all who come are mindful of others.
- Please don’t attend an event at St Ebbe’s if you have any Covid symptoms or if you need to self-isolate.
- Bibles will be available, but you are also welcome to bring your own Bible. All the words will also be displayed on screen. Service sheets for the 9:45am Service are available here.
- Please arrive in good time for the service. Those sitting in the masked and socially distanced area should enter by the old North West door (near to the Pennyfarthing), others should enter by the new North East door (by St Ebbe’s Street).
- If you have booked in or would like to be registered, please say your name clearly to the welcomer. As you enter the lobby, you are welcome to use hand sanitiser.
Please take your seats as directed by the stewards. In socially distanced and masked area in the gallery, please sit 2m from other people.
After the service
When you are ready to leave please exit the building using the doors indicated by the on-screen notice, respecting others and allowing social distancing space.
St Ebbe’s PCC Principles for Planning during Covid
‘be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit’ (Ephesians 4:2-3)
As we plan to begin meeting together again, we will have a range of views about how quickly to ‘return to normal’. We want to seek to remain unified, bearing with one another, aware of other’s needs and situations, glorifying God through this time of transition.
‘be subject to the governing authorities’ (Romans 13:1)
We will follow Government and Church of England guidelines as we plan.
‘not giving up meeting together’ (Hebrews 10:25), ‘do this in remembrance of me’ (Luke 22:19)
After a long forced break, we want to gather together again. We want to be able to share the Lord’s Supper again.
4. Care for the weak
‘help the weak, be patient with everyone.’ (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
Some may need to shield or won’t feel safe about meeting large groups. We need to consider and provide for those who will find meetings impossible or difficult. We need to be aware of the limits of staff and volunteer time and capacity in delivering plans.
‘Our Father in Heaven’ (Matthew 6:9)
We need God’s wisdom and strength as we plan and begin meeting. We need to pray.