Roadmap out of Lockdown
With the government having laid out a roadmap for how we might emerge from lockdown over the coming weeks, we wanted to outline what this might look like for us as a church.
Whilst churches have been technically allowed to meet for much of the past year, the Staff Team & Trustees have felt that, as a church, our approach to the restrictions should be reflective of those being imposed on our wider society.
If our nation is being asked to stay at home, save lives and protect the NHS, it makes sense that, as a church, we have a responsibility to do the same.
As restrictions lift we will continue to follow government guidance on what is appropriate for all members of our society and respond accordingly.
Below are some ideas of ways in which, over the coming weeks, we can all gather together safely and in accordance with current guidelines.
From 17 May
From 17 May, the government will look to continue easing limits on seeing friends and family wherever possible, allowing people to decide on the appropriate level of risk for their circumstances.
This means that most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted - although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal.
Indoors, the Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply and the government will review whether it is safe to increase this.
The government will also update the advice on social distancing between friends and family, including hugging. But until this point, people should continue to keep their distance from anyone not in their household or support bubble.
So why not...
- arrange outdoor gatherings of up to 30?
- gather together in Local Areas or Small Groups outside for fun, fellowship, worship, catching up & prayer? You can sign-up to your Local Area here: Local Areas
- invite up to 6 people or 2 households to be in your home?
- invite a few friends (Rule of 6 or 2 households) to watch the Sunday Service together, have lunch and pray for one another...in a socially distanced way?
Not before 21 June
No earlier than 21 June, the government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact.
Whilst we're not entirely sure what this will mean in practice, we are hopeful that over the summer we'll be able to begin meeting together in a much less-restricted way.
Details of what this could look like to follow.
For more details of ways in which you can engage with the various steps out of lockdown do take a look at our Daily Events page: Daily Online Events