Covid-19: Returning to the building at Bethel

We restarted worship together in the building, following the first lockdown, on Sunday 26 July. And then again following the second lockdown on Sunday 6 December. There are many restrictions and rules to follow. This is in accordance with Government guidance, having conducted a risk assessment. We are currently not meeting in the building during Lockdown 3 (early 2021).

When we are able to meet together, please bring a mask, and your own Bible. If you prefer a cushion on the pew, please bring your own. Be ready to observe the rules about social distancing, and washing and sanitising your hands.

With the advent of Lockdown 3 (January 2021) due to the heightened rate of transmission of the virus, the Bethel leadership team have decided that there will be no services in the building until further notice. Although the Government allows people to attend a place of worship during the lockdown, many churches have decided that it is prudent to close for the safety of all.

In the meantime, please use our Service @ Home instead.

Risk assessment

Use the tools below the image to view the risk assessment effectively, and please revisit this page soon, as we continue to update the details.

The following additional risk assessment for the 2020 Carol Service is supplementary to above (both risk assessment documents apply to the carol service).

Worship Services at Bethel

At the Elders and Deacons Meeting on 29th June, after much discussion, it was proposed that we should return to morning worship services at Bethel on Sunday 26th July 2020.

This follows the Government announcement, 29th June, that allows Worship Services to take place from 4th July onwards. Social Distancing measures must be adhered to and we are advised by the NWBA to retain the 2 metre distance. We want to emphasise that there is no pressure on anyone to return, and each member must decide for themselves whether they are comfortable with this. We would especially encourage those who are shielding, those who are 70 years and over, who are at increased risk of severe disease form Covid-19, to stay at home as much as possible and to continue to take care to minimise contact with others outside their household.

To help decide which actions to take, a COVID-19 risk assessment will be completed by Graham and Rick, this in addition to any risk assessment already in place.

Following this, much needs to be put in place to ensure that we are as safe as we possibly can be. We are not allowed to sing, services will be much shorter (especially the sermon! Stop Cheering!) We are required to keep a Register for three weeks of everyone who attends each service in the case of anyone becoming ill with Corona virus.

Signage will need to be put in place and I have asked David if he will carry out the important role of not only welcoming folks into the reception area, whilst observing social distancing, but also ensuring that no-one starts to congregate there but continues to move into the Church.

We will need to check with our church insurers that they are happy to extend usual liability cover etc. prior to opening.

All Bibles and Song Books will be removed from the Church and we encourage you to bring your own Bible but not let anyone else have access to it.

All the Children’s Toys and Games will be removed from the Church. Children will have to stay with their families throughout the service and there will not be a Children’s Church.

The Lounge area will be out of bounds and only those who need to use the Toilets (one person at a time) will be able to access the Hall.

Dylys has volunteered to carry out the necessary cleaning prior to the service beginning and we will need to have a cleaning rota as things develop. We will provide Sanitizer Gel and Anti-Bacterial wipes in the Reception area. We will also open up the Exit-Door by the Disabled Toilet and the large gates in the Yard to help with a safer exit.

Once the Covid-19 Risk Assessment (CRA) has been carried out we will be in a better position to give further advice and regulations. Pray for all those who have offered to take responsibility in the various areas, that the Lord will guide them and help them and us all to make Bethel Baptist Church as safe as we possibly can, In Jesus’ Love and Fellowship.

Harry