Roadmap out of Lockdown
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.
From 25 July
It was great to see so many people back together for our first in-service Sunday Service in over 15 months on Sunday 25 July and we'd love to see you at our upcoming Sunday Services at 10:30am at the Ark, Putney, Academy, Pullman Gardens, SW15 3DG.
As we move into the next phase of easing restrictions, Sunday Services will begin to look somewhat more familiar.
Services will be back to their usual length and there'll be worship in the Main Hall from 10:30am, followed by a talk from the Bible.
We'll be slightly adapting the measures we put in place over the summer but we'll still be strongly encouraging the wearing of masks (unless medically exempt), especially during singing.
We will no longer be 'zoning' the downstairs area and so downstairs will be largely a 'green' zone.
For those who, for whatever reason, don't feel comfortable with this, we will be keeping the balcony area as a 'red' zone.
On arrival, you will still be invited to self-select a coloured sticker (Green/ Amber/ Red) to make clear to others your appetite for risk.
Please remain in your chosen Zone for the duration of the service and, so that we can be respectful of others' choices, please do not move between zones.
These zones will be as follows:
- Green: Minimal restrictions in place but we want to strongly encourage mask wearing especially during singing. Those of us in this zone may choose to hug if we feel comfortable doing so
- Red: Balcony and Downstairs (back right - for those with physical restrictions and space for wheelchairs). These areas are for those of us who prefer to wear masks and continue with social distancing. Chairs will be socially distanced at 2m+ and those of us in this zone will be wearing masks throughout the entire service and maintaining social distancing.
Although we're not able to serve tea & coffee at this point, we have managed to secure a Coffee Cart vendor who will be selling hot drinks and snacks outside after the service. (Card & ApplePay payments accepted).
For our younger members, VKids & Youth have resumed normal service.
To help us with our planning and in order to comply with our booking at the ARK we will need to maintain details of attendees to assist with Track & Trace and so if you're hoping to join us do please add yourselves and any family members on the booking form.
We are very much looking forward to seeing you.
Please do not attend if you're self-isolating due to having had any Covid-19 symptoms in the past 10 days (high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a change or loss to your sense of taste or smell), or if you're self-isolating for 10 days due to contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, or if you've been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.
All of these measures are in place to help us to love and serve our community in the best ways right now.