COVID 19 – Our Approach
On Tuesday 17th March we closed all Church events and meetings due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Loving our neighbours is a guiding principle of the Christian faith, adhering to the governments guidance we closed our doors for a period of time. We did so willingly in order to protect and love our neighbours in the wider community. Loving our neighbour remains our guiding principle as we re-establish our Sunday services and for our decision to retain online services.
On Sunday 26th July we will have our socially distanced, government restricted church service outdoors at MEC at 11am.
Adhering to the change in Government guidelines, here is our approach to socially distanced open air meetings at Mickfield Evangelical Church.
Please feel free to arrive from 10:30am. Please be considerate when parking, in order to maintain social distance. Having parked up you will be registered and provided with hand sanitiser. The service will happen on the small field in open air/in a permanent marquee. Each household will need to sit together at a distance of 2 meters from all other people. We will begin our service with a kids talk, then children (crèche and Sunday school) will go to their groups. We will have a short service. Children will then be brought back to the big field for parents to collect. Initially we will not be serving refreshments. Elders and deacons will be available to explain anything and will appoint people to other roles as required.
In gathering on a Sunday we are all agreeing to the following 4 key expectations:
1. We will be socially distanced.
We need to be 2 meters apart. We will be sat in households 2 meters apart. (Children need to be kept in households. That’s why we are sadly and severely limiting the time they have to be in the main gathering. They don’t need to social distance in their kids’ groups, so it’s best for everyone, not least anxious and stretched parents, if they are freed up very early in the service.)
2. We will be registered.
We have to keep a record of all who attend the services. This is part of supporting the track and trace scheme.
3. We won’t sing.
There will be no corporate singing, we can’t for now. We will make use of music videos to help us in our gathered worship. I must stress that we mustn’t sing. To do so would be a breach of the guidelines and a very quick way of bringing the church into disrepute with the community, given the media attention placed on this particular restriction.
4. We will be careful.
If you have any symptoms of Coronavirus please stay at home and watch the live-stream. This is one of the reasons we’re continuing online.
If you have any questions please contact us via the contact page.