Our response to the COVID-19 situation

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While the nation takes measures to combat the spread of Covid-19, we recognise that God is still God and we are still church, whether we’re able to gather together or not.

 

Our general approach to Covid-19 is one of serious caution and taking responsibility for putting mitigations in place. A pandemic requires shared endeavour to keep each other safe and not individual choice. This is becoming increasingly challenging in the face of erratic government policy. Our priority continues to be protecting the health of all our communities.

The number of COVID cases in Wiltshire has increased steeply this week, with 4,529 confirmed positive cases in the last seven days. The rate of cases per 100,000 in Wiltshire has increased from 379.5 to 789.6, which is much higher than the current case rate in England of 455.7 (gov.uk data as of 22/10/2021). For this reason we have decided that with immediate effect and until further notice we will revert back to the procedures for COVID that were in place previously. These are summarised as follows: 

Our latest COVID-19 safety measures:

  • There is no need to pre-book to attend services

  • Please continue to sign-in at services using the sign-in sheets or QR code

  • Use of hand sanitiser is also recommended

  • Masks are to be worn on entry and exit and whilst seated 

  • Masks are to be worn for communal singing

  • If the church is particularly full, then the presiding minister may request that some of the day’s hymns are said, rather than sung

  • Alternate pews to be used where possible

  • There will be a designated area in each church for clinically vulnerable people. 

  • Each church will also have place markers that you can use to keep extra distance between you and the person next to you, if you would prefer that

  • Communion wafers will be intincted with wine and will be administered in pews

  • The sign of the peace will continue to be socially distanced

  • Refreshments will not be available after the service

 

Outside of our Sunday services, churches will remain open for private prayer during the week. Please see local notice boards for details.

 

We were planning to stop zoom services at the end of October but will now extend this until the situation changes. This way, if you are particularly anxious about the current situation or find the safety measures too restrictive, you can still join us for Sunday worship.

 

This latest update is clearly disappointing for everyone, especially as we had just about made it back to near normal. The situation is changing quite rapidly though, so we will be reviewing these procedures on a weekly basis and advise you, via the weekly newsletter, of any changes. 

The wellsprings zoom link is as follows:

Internet: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6778119535

 

Or

 

For an audio only options, call 0131 460 1196 (followed by meeting ID) 677 811 9535 then # and then # again (you do not need personal id number).

I’m sorry that we are having to revert back to these restrictions but I think it is essential to do this to keep people safe and limit the disruption that we are seeing this recent outbreak already cause to people's lives.

Every Blessing,

Rev Ali

 

 

Some helpful links:

 

Resources to help you worship at home.

Weddings & Baptisms

  • Guidance on weddings and baptisms during the current period of restrictions on public gatherings to combat coronavirus has been updated by the Church of England. Click here for more information

Funerals

  • There will still be funerals, but the rules on gatherings and social distancing need to be applied here as everywhere. Due regard must also given to protecting the elderly and vulnerable groups. Click here for more information