Our first service ‘back’ was at 10.15am on July 19th, based initially in the church hall, we will continue every Sunday 10:15am. Open to all. It is a short non-communion service of prayer, Bible teaching and mainly pre-recorded songs of worship (as on the other online services), as sadly at present we are not allowed to sing. (The service will be streamed live from the ’stage’ on You Tube, including the songs, so if you choose to stay and join in at home you will not be missing any content. PLEASE SUBSCRIBE to the channel to get the notification). We are also all asked not to ‘interact' in the building with more than one other household so there will be limited opportunity for social interaction, though weather permitting this can continue (socially distanced) outside a little more easily.
We aim for each household or ‘bubble’ to be able to sit together so to help us with that I am asking everyone please to email me (Francis) to let me know whether or not you are planning to come. This will also help us fulfil the need to keep contact details of who attends to help the government with their ‘Test and Trace’ system (so that you can be contacted if someone attends who is subsequently diagnosed with Covid-19) - and someone will be at the door to double-check the details. So we will need a phone number for one person from each household. Your details will be held securely for 21 days and then we will destroy the record of you attending church that day.
The churches situation is different from previous weeks so please read carefully and respond if you are thinking of coming to church this Sunday.
The notes about accessing the service via phone or DVD on previous emails still apply, as do the details about supporting Hull Vineyard Food Bank and the local Mutual Aid groups. ‘Zoom coffee’ will happen as usual afterwards.
Things though will be changing as from next Sunday 19th so the rest of this important information is mainly to let you know about that.
As we are now permitted to reopen our building for public worship the PCC have been working through a detailed Risk Assessment and we are glad to be able to re-open St Barnabas church building for worship as from Sunday 19th July.
Children and young people - are welcome, though initially sadly we are unable to provide groups or a creche. Families will be invited to sit around a small table and there will be activity sheets to read/ colour in - please bring your own pens & pencils and/or ‘quiet’ toys and books.
All of these changes are of course due to the ongoing pandemic and our wish not to pass on the virus to one another (remembering that you can be infectious even if you don't have symptoms). The church hall will have been thoroughly sanitised 72 hours before the service and left vacant after that to keep the risk of infection to a minimum.
However, if you feel at all uncomfortable about attending please don't feel under any obligation to do so - you will be able to join in at home and we will try to include everyone at home in the prayers. You are also reminded to take careful note of current national guidelines for those in ‘vulnerable' groups, as indicated.
Please don’t come if you are currently unwell (join in at home!), and sorry but you should not come if you are showing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell). If you are tested positive for Covid-19 in the week following being in church please inform the Church Office as soon as possible (tel. 632941 or via this email address).
Please note: to access the live service next Sunday you need to click the Subscribe button on the St Barnabas You Tube channel (click this link or search on You Tube for 'Swanland St Barnabas’) and then click the Notification ‘Bell’ so you will be notified when the live stream starts.
Zoom is also happending 11:40am 19th July and the details are emailed out, so contact us to get them.
We will try and keep this going as long as it proves helpful in the weeks that follow.
Meanwhile, please do keep supporting one another in the church family in prayer, and pray for us as the church leadership as we seek to re-open our building safely for Sunday worship and to welcome all with the good news of the gospel of Jesus.
With every blessing -
Yours, Francis Scott (Vicar)