Coronavirus information

Last updated 22nd September 2021:

Bookings management The following document details how we will manage our bookings process – potential hirers may find it a useful starting point Hiring flowchart August 2021

You may also find this Risk Assessment pro-forma (updated 3rd August 2021) useful.

Christchurch Risk Assessments

It is a requirement of all bookings that hirers prepare their own COVID risk assessment for the activity they are planning and the space they will be using. This must be submitted to our administrator on admin@christchurchhitchin.org.uk before a booking can be accepted.
If the hirer is planning to use the kitchen, they must sign to say that they will accept and abide by the Christchurch Kitchen risk assessment (see link below) and ALSO prepare their own risk assessment.

Church Sanctuary v13
Hall, Rooms 3,4,10 & 11
Rooms 5 & 8 in the Silver Birch Centre
Information for users and hirers of the Kitchen

Being Christchurch in Covid times

WORSHIP – we are planning to start meeting again for worship at Christchurch on Sunday mornings in September. Following our church meeting in March, it was decided that initially we will have one service on Sunday mornings. That service will be wrapped in a time of hospitality, when we can get to know each other all over again, welcome newcomers, and re-establish our sense of community after this long isolation. So there will be coffee and conversation in the hall and the welcome area from 10am. At 10.30am there will be a service in the sanctuary – if you are still a bit unsure about sitting close to others, you can stay at a table in the welcome area or the hall, and the service will also be live-streamed to these areas. The service will last around 50 minutes. After this there will be a time of quiet reflection and prayer in the sanctuary area, or there will be more refreshments and conversation back in the hall and the welcome area. There will also be questions from the morning’s preacher to stimulate discussion. The whole morning will finish at 12 noon. Junior church will meet in some of the smaller rooms, and on the third Sunday of each month we will have an all-age service for the whole church community. For those who are not yet able to come back to worship at the church building, we hope to record the service so you can join in at home later in the week.
If you want to look in more detail at the plans for Sunday morning, you’ll find an outline on our website at: www.christchurchhitchin.org.uk/worship

Some of the key things you need to know:
• Please DO NOT attend services if you are showing Covid symptoms
• In order to protect each other from the risk of infection, it is good practice to regularly test yourself with a free lateral flow test. They are available from the church, by post via the NHS app, and at local pharmacies
• You don’t need to book in advance to attend the service
• Please use the hand sanitisers provided as you arrive in the building
• Chairs will be set out in pairs in the sanctuary, 1 metre apart. If you are a family of more than 2, you will need to use 2 or 3 pairs of chairs but please don’t move them.
• Masks must be worn at all times from entering the building and throughout worship
• You may sing the songs/hymns behind your mask
• For Covid safety, please bring your own reusable/travel mug which you will need to wash up at home.
• Please form a single queue at the 2 refreshment stations in the hall and the welcome area, and only drink and chat to others while sitting around a table

SMALL GROUPS are still meeting – either on Zoom or on whatsapp. Some groups will be beginning to plan to meet again in person. Contact your group leader, or get in touch with Greg Gould, to find out more.

WEEKLY is no longer full of dates and activities! But every week it is emailed or posted to everyone on our database. It includes a pastoral letter from the minister or one of the trustees, and news from members of the church family; it’s a great way to stay in touch with each other. If you’d like to send something to go in Weekly, contact our administrator Suzanne. The deadline is Wednesday.

The CHRISTCHURCH FACEBOOK GROUP is another way to stay in touch. At the time of writing, we have 225 members. Plenty of Christchurch folk share comments, photos, and family news on Facebook, and it’s a good way to stay in touch with the church community.

PASTORAL SUPPORT is being offered by phone, and in emergencies by socially distanced visits. Christine Warren, our Pastoral Area Lead, has created a network of pastoral friends, so that everyone connected with Christchurch has someone who phones them up regularly for a chat, and to check they are OK. If you’d like to be part of this network – either to receive calls, or to make calls to someone else, or both, please get in touch with Christine or with the minister Val.

Julie Mills

Senior Steward & Trustee