Original Statement issued 2nd July 2020
The Elders and Deacons are continually assessing government guidelines in the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic. As of the 2nd of July the trustees review of the government rules in place for social gatherings and the use of church buildings. The following factors were considered and highlighted.
• The church currently cannot use our usual Sunday venue, the Faringdon Junior School Hall, for Sunday services. The school informed us that this is unlikely for the foreseeable future as the hall is being used as socially distanced classroom space.
• Social distancing within the Bromsgrove chapel would mean limiting capacity to no more than 20 individuals.
• Use of the building by anyone including 3rd parties will require the spaces used being deep cleaned between sessions to minimize risk of infection.
• Building access using different entrances for entry and exit would make disabled access difficult.
• High risk individuals will still need to isolate and be unable to attend services. To support these people services will still need to be video conferenced.
• Communal singing is not permitted so a service would be without sung worship or communal communion.
• Should the church reopen now there is a significant risk of a “second spike” or a local lock-down which would cause us to close again.
The leadership team unanimously agreed that the church continue holding services by ZOOM and not physically meet. The situation will be reviewed by the trustees in September.
The Minister expressed the conviction that he would not wish to lead a service unless he was confident of the safety of the congregation.
On behalf of the Trustees