Social Distancing at HTD


It’s such a joy to be able to meet again to worship God, but there are a number of things we will need to do in order to make our time together safe and meet in a Covid secure way (some of them may seem a little odd, but I can assure you they are all for good reasons):

Arrival and seating

  • Please arrive just before the service starts, no earlier than 10:55am ideally and remain socially distanced as you wait.
     
  • You will be required to use the hand sanitiser available as you enter the church. Face masks are not required but feel free to use one.
     
  • When the doors open a steward will direct you to a suitable seat. Please follow the signage and any direction from stewards re Covid security. People will make honest mistakes, stewards are not there to ‘tell people off’, but to help us all be safe, and please don’t be afraid to ask questions if you’re not sure about something.
     
  • Those of the same household can sit together, two households in support bubbles too. Some pews will be taped off, spots marked for sitting on, but these are guides for our stewards, as group sizes etc will change how people are distributed. 
     
  • We are aiming for 2 metres separation between people/groups at all times, but when sat, as people will be not facing one another, this will be slightly less than 2m in some cases, but this is within the 1 metre + guidelines, as set out by the govt

Singing / Worship

  • Sadly, singing will not be allowed for members of the congregation, nor loud responses etc.
     
  • People may quietly speak or sing to themselves during songs, but very quietly only.

Communion & Sharing The Peace

  • Face masks will be used by whoever is administering Holy Communion, and only during the administration of it.
     
  • Communion will be the administering of bread only for the time being.
     
  • The sharing of the peace via handshakes, hugs is sadly not allowed.
     
  • We will share the peace via a friendly gesture, as demonstrated by the service leader.

Facilties 

  • In so far as you are able, please refrain from using the lavatories in church. They will be available should they be needed but please ‘go’ before you come.
     
  • There will be no refreshments before or after the service so please feel free to bring a water bottle with you.
     
  • The soft play area is closed. Children are welcome but are required to sit with their parents/guardians within their group. We fully understand if children wish to bring quiet toys, colouring books etc, and as ever we will try and make children feel as welcome as possible.

At the end of the Service

  • The service will be short, approximately 40 mins long.
     
  • At the end, the leader will ask people to leave pew by pew, so social distancing can be maintained.
     
  • Please wait to be asked to leave.

We appreciate your general good humour and consideration at these trying times. It goes without saying that we would much rather be back as we were, able to worship and commune freely, but I hope the blessing of being together, albeit in a limited way, will be worth the effort.

We welcome you to join us, and hope to see you soon!