Covid-19: Key Updates

What is staying the same?

We continue to encourage people to wear masks or other face coverings during services to help protect those among us who are vulnerable. Hand sanitiser will continue to be provided upon arrival. We will keep chairs spread out, make use of all our space and ensure windows and doors remain open where practical.

For the time being, we will continue to share the peace in a socially distanced way and while we will be reviewing how we distribute communion this will not change straight away.

What is changing?

We will still have someone leading our singing but we will now all be able to join in! We will also be able to stay and chat with people after the service, though in the summer the Common continues to be a great option for socialising.

Let’s keep each other safe, bearing in mind those who remain vulnerable and for whom Covid-19 still poses a serious threat

What about children’s groups?

We are now able to host our junior church and youth group one Sunday a month, contact the office for more details. We also continue to have small bags of toys which our very young ones can play with during services; there are also tables with simple craft activities near the back for children.

Will there be refreshments after the service?

We are now serving refreshments after the service most weeks for those who with to remain behind. Do join us for a cuppa and a catch up soon!

Will services still be available online?

Yes, our 10am service will continue to be live-streamed for those who wish to join us online via Zoom or our Facebook page (details below); recordings will also still be available.

Zoom: email vicar@immanuelstreatham.org.uk if you would like to be sent the link
Facebook: Immanuel and St Andrew Church Facebook Page (@ImmanuelStreatham)

What if I still feel nervous?

Our aim at Immanuel is to create an environment where people feel safe and secure in the knowledge that everything is being done to minimise risks. We will each have our own sense of what feels right at this time and if you come to a service but wish to pull your chair away from others, politely ask people to stand a bit further back or head off promptly at the end, you are very welcome to do so.

We rejoice in the freedoms we have to meet with one another but recognise also our responsibility to make wise decisions. Let’s keep each other safe, bearing in mind those who remain vulnerable and for whom Covid-19 still poses a serious threat. Let’s encourage each other to keep going and look out for those around us; provide a listening ear and a comforting word; pray and offer practical help when and where we can.

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.
Amen.