A note to Parents and Guardians



15th September 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am delighted to confirm that we are pressing ahead with our plans to welcome parents, children, and teenagers back on site this coming Sunday 20th September at 10.30am. The plan is to hold a short live service in the Main Worship Area for parents which will run concurrently with teaching for our children and young people in the rear of our premises. Please see below for the practical details of pick up and drop off points.

I want to assure you, on behalf of our risk assessment team, that all of the necessary risk assessments have been carried out and that we have made the building as safe as possible for our reopening. Copies of those risk assessments are available should you wish to see them.

We recognise that, over the last six months, it is our children and young people who have paid a high price and for that reason we want to include them as a priority in our plans to return to site. We are committed to the spiritual wellbeing of this younger generation and this invitation to return is open to all who are ready and to those whose life circumstances will allow them to participate. Our youth and children’s leaders have been well briefed on the current legislation and will ensure that we are adhering to current government legislation at all times. We will keep this under constant review and will change our arrangements accordingly. The safety of all who meet on our site is our priority.

In particular we want to assure you that the following measured will be in place –

  • minimising contact with staff, children and young people, and other individuals who are unwell by ensuring those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms do not attend. This also applies if a member of their family has symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19); or if they have been advised individually by NHS Test and Trace to isolate at home because they are the contact of a case that does not live in the same house.
  • encouraging staff and children attending to clean their hands more often than usual, including before and after activities and before and after using toilet/washroom facilities and frequent use of hand sanitizer.
  • ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
  • cleaning frequently touched surfaces more often than usual using standard products, such as detergent or bleach
  • increased frequency of cleaning of toilets and washrooms
  • minimising contact and mixing between groups of children by altering the environment to allow for social distancing between children and keeping children in small consistent group


Arrangements for this Sunday –

In order to ensure that we can run each group safely it would really help us to know it you are planning come. Please contact the relevant group leader to let them know as soon as possible. Contact details are below. Please note that the wearing of masks by leaders and helpers is discretionary.

Starters, Followers and Pilgrims Years 3 - 6: Drop off and collection point are the double doors leading to the Sports Hall in the rear car park. Please queue keeping a 2-metre distance while staff symptom check and ask children to sanitize their hands. Liz

Intrepid: School Years 7 – 9: This group will be held in the Acorn Lounge. They will need to enter the building through the Atrium doors to the rear of the main car park and exit through the Acorn Lounge doors. Please ask them to be prepared to queue at a 2-metre distance while symptom checks and hand sanitizing are carried out. Martin

NextGen: School Years 10-13: This group will be held in the Oak Hall. They will need to enter and exit this hall by walking down the path on the right-hand side at the rear of the main car park, into the garden and through the double doors. Please ask them to be prepared to queue at a 2-metre distance while symptom checks and hand sanitizing are carried out. Pauline or Carol

Phil Walter our Youth and Children’s Leadership Link will be on hand this Sunday to welcome you all.

For parents please enter the main worship through the double doors at the front of the building and exiting by using the doors to the right of the stage area. Masks should be worn within this area at all times unless you have a medical exemption.

It is worth emphasizing that not everyone will feel the same about returning to site. We recognise that and we don’t want anyone to feel under any unnecessary pressure to do so. There is no doubt that the first few weeks will feel strange, but we believe that once we get up and running, we will discover that is possible to adapt to these strange circumstances in which we find ourselves.

In the meantime can I remind you, that in addition to a live service on site,  we will continue to be record  our  online service in the event that you are unable to return and as far as possible will be replicating that service on a Sunday morning. Midweek communion services have now begun and the next one will be held on Wed 30th September at 7.30pm. There is also an opportunity to pray with others for those who are free at 1pm on a Monday.

Finally, my thanks to our youth and children’s leaders for their willingness to explore this new model of church and for the hard work and preparation that is being put into our new Sunday mornings. Please join me in praying for the physical and spiritual wellbeing of our younger generation during these strange and challenging times. Please be assured of my prayers for you as parent in the uncertainties and challenges that you face at this present time.


Yours in Christ