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Last updated: for 29 December 2020 - Tier 4
Sunday Services -
The following guidance is from 29th December 2020
We are keeping up to date with the government guidance as it changes, as we are now in tier 4. We will take decisions to keep congregation members and ministers as safe as possible regarding the opening of the church. Consequently, St Mark's is now closed during January - this will be reviewed towards the end of January. Please do join us online for services and prayer.
When the church is open, if you, anyone you are living with, or anyone within your social bubble has experienced symptoms similar to COVID-19, please do not attend St Mark's for any reason for at least 14 days. If you develop symptoms within 7 days of attending St Mark's, please contact us as soon as you can.
Limited Space - We may not be able to accommodate our usual congregation size, so please email the Secretary to book your place each week - this will enable us to comply with the NHS Test and Trace. If you would prefer not to attend in person for any reason, you can join the service live online by visiting our YouTube channel, or tapping the link on the homepage.
Arriving and Leaving - Please wait outside the front of the building until you are invited to enter. While waiting, please follow our social distancing guidelines, and leave room by the door for the worship team to exit/enter safely. At the end of the service, you'll be directed to leave via the fire exit next to the sanctuary: please move away from the door swiftly to ensure others can leave and comply with the Rule of 6! There are NHS Test and Trace QR codes at the entrance and exit: we strongly recommend downloading the app and scanning this (you only need to scan a code once per visit).
Social Distancing - To ensure the safety of the congregation and all those who make our services possible, we politely request that, when in or near the church, you remain 2 metres away from anybody outside of your household or social bubble.
Cleaning - We keep a log of all activity inside the church building to ensure any surfaces or objects that could be touched by anybody in the church are cleaned thoroughly and regularly. We generally leave 72 hours between events in the church. Additionally, we have temporarily suspended the use of the air-blown hand dryers in our toilets, replacing these with paper towels.
We provide antiviral hand sanitiser for your use when you arrive, but would remind you that washing your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before attending and after returning home is strongly advised.
While Inside - You'll be directed to a suitable seat when you are invited in. Please remain seated whenever possible, and do not turn around in your seat. Please wear a mask at all times both inside and when waiting outside the church building. You may remove your mask to take communion, and worship leaders will remove their masks only when they are actively leading worship.
Communion - While we cannot share communion in the normal way, you are welcome to bring your own bread and wine (or non-alcoholic alternative) with you in a sealed container. Please ensure you take your container away with you when you leave. We will post updates noting when communion will be held prior to the services.
Sharing the Peace - Our normal sharing of the peace is suspended until further notice. Some services may include a contactless version of the peace.
Sung Worship - Unfortunately, singing and the playing of certain instruments is not currently permitted. We may play recorded music during services, but politely ask you do not sing along to this. You are welcome to clap along.
Collections - A plate will be available to leave donations in as you leave the church. Alternatively, ask a member of the worship team to donate using contactless card payment, or donate online.
Not Attending? - If you're unable to attend St Mark's for any reason, we continue to stream our services online so you can join remotely. You can join the stream by visiting our YouTube channel, or clicking the link on the homepage. All of our previously-streamed services are available on our Services page.