Coronavirus Updates

Last Updated 25 August 2021

 We’re nearly at the end of August which also means we’re coming towards the end of summer. We’ve made a few changes to in person services and have some more changes coming, so here’s a full update on what you need to know:

  1. Face coverings are no longer required for in person services but they are still required when entering an exiting the building (this is a rule from St Mary’s). So please continue to arrive and leave wearing a face covering (unless exempt), we will also have some available at the door if you need one. You’re also still welcome to wear a face covering during the service if you wish.
  2. Social distancing is no longer required/expected in the main hall, we would however request that you respect other peoples boundaries and be mindful that some may still wish to maintain a level of social distancing or avoid physical contact.
  3. There are now no limits on the number of people who can attend in person services, but we would like to keep a record of people in attendance on any given Sunday. We will be doing this in one of three ways:
    1. You can register to say you’ll be attending using the rsvp.church website as previously.
    2. There will be a signing in sheet available on Sunday morning.
    3. We’ll have an official track and trace QR code available so you can check-in on the NHS app if you’d prefer
  4. We’ll continue to provide a creche area at the side of the main hall for any parents/guardians wishing to use it, however, as before this will not be staffed and all children should be accompanied by an adult.
  5. We’re working on plans to re-introduce kids club provision on a Sunday morning and will share more on this soon.
  6. Communion will resume weekly from Sunday 5 September 2021.
  7. We’ll be re-introducing tea & coffee in the next few weeks, if you’d like to serve on this rota, please reply to this email or speak to Ben or Sheridan Briggs.
  8. Finally, live worship is back! We’ll also be continuing to stream our services live online.

Previous Updates:

July 2021

On Sunday 18 July, we announced our position on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, which came into force today (19 July 2021).

Whilst we’re pleased that we are heading in the right direction of ‘getting back to normal’, however, we’re also very concerned about the sharp and continued increase in cases. There is also a continued need for mandatory self-isolation (for those who have received both doses of the vaccine) until 16 August 2021.

We have therefore decided that the following will be in place for services from Sunday 25 July 2021 onwards:

  1. Pre-registration for services is still required and the limit remains at a maximum of 40 people in the room.

     

  2. Social distancing will be maintained during services and whilst moving around the building.

     

  3. Masks/face shields are still required whilst in St Mary’s Centre.

     

  4. Singing is now allowed! We’re also working to re-introduce live worship within the next couple of weeks.

     

  5. We’re introducing an in-room creche facility for parents of young children. This area will be cordoned off and will have seating for parents (socially distant). It is not expected that children will need to maintain social distancing in this area. This provision is in addition to our 40 person capacity. Please let either Pastor David or Pastor Ben know if you’d like to make use of this facility prior to Sunday.

     

  6. We’ll continue to livestream services online as normal.

 We’ll look to review the situation again in August and will provide further updates then.

April 2021

Great news! We will start meeting for in person services from 11 April 2021, numbers are limited and pre-registration is required, you can find out more here.

Our online services will continue to be provided as a livestream experience from St Mary’s Centre, you can join in online by joining us at 10:30am on a Sunday at thechristiancentre.online.church

31 January 2021

Whilst we had hoped to begin meeting together again during January 2021, the latest lockdown measures have meant that we will continue to meet online until further notice.

3 July 2020

You will have heard the Government announcement permitting places of worship to open again from Saturday 4 July 2020. We wanted to let you know that, unfortunately, this won’t be the case for The Christian Centre, and it may be some time yet before we are able to meet in person on a Sunday morning again.

We know how disappointing this is. As a leadership team we too long to be back together as a family in person, however there are several reasons why we’re not able to do so yet.

Firstly, we don’t own our own building so hire our meeting space at St Mary’s Centre each week. The building is currently closed to the public and is unlikely to open again until mid-August. We are keeping in close contact with the building manager to ensure that we can meet again at St Mary’s Centre as soon as it is safe to do so.

Secondly, based on the current Government guidance, due to social distancing rules, there is a limit to the number of people who would be allowed in the main hall at any one time. This means we would need to hold multiple services (potentially 3 or 4 each Sunday) to ensure that everyone who usually attends is able to do so.

We do not think that there is a practical way to be able to do this, especially given that we hire the room from St Mary’s. It would be too big of a task each week to hold multiple services, as well as organising the cleaning that would be needed between each.

In addition, holding multiple services brings different risks associated with potential ‘cross contamination’ between services. We simply do not have the number of people required for separate teams to host individual services each week to overcome this.

Similarly, it is almost certain that face coverings would be required to meet the social distancing guidelines. It is also unlikely that we will be able to share in communion together and singing is not allowed.

As a leadership team, we have discussed this and other possible scenarios and we strongly feel that meeting under such measures is simply not church. Because of this, meeting online continues to be the preferred option.

Therefore, for now, we will continue to meet online for our Sunday and midweek meetings. We understand that an online service isn’t the same as meeting in person, but we thank God that we are able to join together to share in worship, communion and hear God’s Word each Sunday as a family.

It’s understandably disappointing that it will be sometime yet until we can meet again in person, however, we are keeping the situation under constant review. As soon as it is safe and practical for us to meet together again, we will.

We will continue to keep you updated as matters progress and change. There is likely to be a possibility of meeting in smaller house group settings before getting together as a full church again. We are planning to progress this as and when we hear it becomes a possibility.

We love you and continue to pray for you.

David, Paul, Brian, Ben & Tola

17 May 2020

Our online services take place every Sunday morning at 10:30am and can be joined by visiting the following link:

thechristiancentre.online.church

16 March 2020

You may have seen news of the Prime Minister’s briefing this evening in which the Government has asked people to take significant measures to restrict movements, including the need to “avoid unnecessary contact” in social environments.

This evening, the leadership team has spoken at length and we have decided to suspend all services at The Christian Centre until further notice. This includes our upcoming baptism and ordination services and all midweek meetings.

We have taken this decision in conjunction with the latest news and Government guidance issued today and out of a sense of duty to our church family.

In the coming days we will issue further guidance and information about how we will be keeping in contact with everyone including how we are going to do church online – we’re going to need to be creative!

Please keep checking this page for further information.

You can also join our Facebook Group for further the opportunity to join our community online.

Please continue to pray in faith over this whole situation.