Shanklin United Reformed Church

High Street, Shanklin, Isle of Wight. PO37 6LA
Registered Charity No. 1130459

A member of the Evangelical Alliance


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Live @ SURC

Even though the church is not currently open on Sundays, a talk will be broadcasted at 11:00 live on Facebook:

- you don't need to be a Facebook user to see it.

The New Normal in Church

Based on the guidelines published by the Government and the URC, there are many restrictions as to what we can do, and we would need to run things in a carefully organised manner. Here is a summary of some key points:

  • People would be asked to book a place for one or other meeting each week so we can control numbers

  • Only 30 - 40 could really be accommodated safely depending on the configuration of household groups

  • Name & contact details will be held for 21 days

  • Entry to the building will be via the front doors only (and disabled access ramp)

  • Everyone will be asked to sanitise their hands upon entry

  • Face coverings are required (exceptions apply)

  • We will increase ventilation wherever possible (opening windows etc.)

  • You will be shown to a seat rows are now spaced

  • Seats will be allocated on the basis of household groupings sitting together, with two spaces between any others

  • Please move to your seat promptly. Once in your seat, you are asked to remain there and not move around the building

  • Social distancing must be strictly adhered to (including when queuing for entry and exit) and interaction with those outside your household should be avoided

  • Young people must be supervised by a parent or guardian

  • Please use drinking/washing/toilet facilities at home to avoid using the facilities in the church. However, toilet facilities will be available for those who do need them; please come to the back and wait to be shown to the toilet. You will be asked to sanitise your hands before entry and on exit and also to use the wipes provided on any surfaces you may have touched

  • Shared items such as Bibles will not be used, and we will provide single-use items where necessary. Please take these with you when you leave

  • There will be no congregational singing during services. All speaking/singing will take place from the front or via videos

  • No offering will be taken in services but a receptacle will be available for gifts as you arrive or leave

Please remember that HM Government currently advises all those over the age of 70 should stay at home as much as possible and all those in higher-risk groups should avoid large gatherings.

Government guidelines also suggest that services should be completed in the shortest reasonable time. Once the service is over, you should leave the building immediately via the front and side doors, beginning with those sitting furthest back. Be patient and ensure that you maintain the appropriate distance whilst waiting to leave and sanitise your hands once again on exit.

There will be no tea/coffee facilities. We would ask you to leave the building promptly once the service is over and, to avoid queues, to leave the vicinity of the building as soon as possible.

To protect the most vulnerable in our fellowship, we must all adhere to these guidelines

To ensure that cross-contamination does not take place the building will be closed for around 72 hours before another meeting or service.

If you have any questions or concerns,
contact our church secretary,
Robin Wightman

Page Last Updated 25 October 2020

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