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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The Tuesday Bible Bite Talk has resumed and we are now pleased to announce...

A date has been set for in-church Sunday services to resume

Gatherings for worship in the building on Tuesdays at 14:00 have resumed, and we intend to resume in-person Sunday services on 27th June at 10:30.
We will try to live stream the Service to our Facebook page, like we do the Bible Bite service, but if this does not prove possible, we will record the service and post it onto the page as soon as possible afterwards.


On the Sunday before opening, at 11:00 a talk with a Bible reading will continue to be broadcast
live on Facebook by our minister and other people from their homes:
You don't need to be a Facebook user to see this

Should you have missed seeing the service live, or if you wish to catch-up with a previous service,
whether it be in video or audio format, don't worry, head to our Sermons On Line page

The New Normal in Church

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

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

  • Only 30 - 40 could 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 and disabled access ramp only (the side door will be locked)

  • 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 will take place from the front and singing via videos shown on a screen

  • 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

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

This is what the church building currently looks like inside

Page Last Updated 17 June 2021

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