CHURCH OPENS FOR WORSHIP
Following the Government announcement and published guidance on 31 July 2020 on restrictions in Greater Manchester, please note that worship service is still permitted, providing strict physical distancing remains in place. Sunday services will therefore continue at New Testament Church of God Faith Tabernacle:
11.30am – 1.pm.
What you can expect when you come: We have already put in place a set of social distancing procedures to make you feel safe during your time with us, and I’d like to share some of the changes you can expect when you arrive at our building.
- Regular worship service will commence at 11.30am each Sunday and finish by 1.pm. This is a temporary start time during the restrictions.
- We have set a limit on the total number of people in our building at any one time, and you will need to book in advance to ensure you get a seat. Details below.
- We strongly encourage all worshippers to socially distance themselves from anyone outside of their household or support bubble. Limited exemptions would be interactions with the designated Ushers and Health and Safety Personnel when you arrive at church, who are there to help you feel safe during your time with us.
- Sunday school (for both adults and children), and Bible study will continue to be delivered online, until further notice. Please contact the church office if you want to join these sessions.
- On arriving at Faith Tabernacle, you will notice that there is a ONE-WAY system in operation to move people through the building. Please enter by the front door – facing Waterloo Road. On leaving the building you will exit by the side door – facing Bellott Street. The entry and exit points are clearly marked.
- On entering the building, our Ushering Team will ask you to complete the NHS Test and Trace Consent Form. You will also be asked a few questions to record your attendance. Please comply, as we are required to do this.
- We will also take your temperature, using an infrared forehead contactless Thermometer and record the reading.
- Automatic Touchless Hand Sanitiser units will be stationed throughout the building – on entry, on leaving, as well as in and outside the toilets.
- You will be required to wear a face mask inside the building. One will be provided to you, if needed. However, you do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. For example, children under the age of 11; not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability; or if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress (see Govt guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
- You will be required to observe the social distancing of 2 metres when moving inside the building. Spaces are clearly marked.
- Seating is arranged on a 1 metre plus rule, and allocated to accommodate single, and family groups of 2, 3 or more people. It is important that you let us know when you book, how many people are in your household or support bubble that will be attending church with you.
- On Communion Sunday, you will be provided with your own personal communion set on entry. Please keep it until instructed further.
- There will no usual handouts, including Guest Packs, until it is safe to do so.
- We ask that you bring your own Bibles with you, as those in the church will be stored away. Scriptures and songs will continue to be projected on the screens situated at vantage points in the Sanctuary.
- No food or drinks will be served during this period of restrictions. Please bring your own water, as the water dispenser will be closed off.
- Everyone will be asked to leave the building as soon as service is over. Please do not congregate or stop to hold conversations with anyone while still in the building.
- Provision is made for Giving, and you will be directed by the Ushers on how to give your tithes and offerings.
- We will continue to livestream our services, especially for those who are unable or don’t feel confident enough to attend physically.
- If you are concerned about featuring in the livestream, we have reserved an area inside church where you can be seated and not included in the livestream.
- We are requesting those at higher risk from coronavirus – those in the high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable) group, and those in the moderate risk (clinically vulnerable) category (see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/whos-at-higher-risk-from-coronavirus/), not to attend services until it is safe to do so. Please continue to watch our livestream services online.
- Signage is strategically posted to remind individuals to maintain social distancing.
- Worshippers from the New Testament Church of God Brooks Bar are now worshipping with us for the next 18 months, until their new church building is completed. Some announcements/church notices will be specifically to them or to Faith Tabernacle, or both.
- You will also be able to Watch the service online from either YouTube channel:
NTCG Brooks Bar: https://www.ntcgbrooksbar.org.uk/watch-online
NTCG Faith Tabernacle: https://www.ntcgft.org.uk/watch-online
- Finally, if you don’t feel confident returning to church, we want to let you know that we understand that. You can still access the live stream and online services until you feel safe to do so.
- Service may feel significantly different from what you would expect from a Pentecostal church, but times are different now and we want you to feel safe and enjoy your time with us. So please follow the instructions given to you by our Ushers and Health and Safety Team, and help..
Protect yourself and others.
For further details, or to book your attendance, please contact the church office:
Tel: 0161 202 1851 email: firstname.lastname@example.org