Church During Covid Restrictions

Covid has meant we have made lots of changes to ensure church remains a safe and welcoming place for all. Here’s all the info we think you’ll need, but please contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming you.

Click here for the full information booklet.

When will services be?

We are currently not meeting together due to lockdown and the high Covid rate in our area, but you can join us every Sunday at 10am on our YouTube Channel or catch up later in the day.

When we are able to meet again you’ll need to book on to our services so make sure you check out our calendar to sign up. We ask that you attend no more than once a fortnight for now, because with reduced numbers we want to ensure that everyone who wants to attend can.

We will always have seats available for newcomers whether they have booked or not.

What about Youth and Children?

Our services are currently planned and prepared with adults in mind. Our team will be running a Youth session alongside the service (the 11am service when we are back to two services per morning). This too can be booked via our calendar. We are hoping to bring Children’s sessions back as soon as possible, and please look out for our Family Inc services on Sunday afternoons, booking again via our calendar.

Energetic and playful children may find it difficult to stay seated for the duration of the morning service, so we would encourage you to watch the live stream from home with your under 11s, and book on to the family services. If your older children wish to attend a morning service with you, please make sure you have booked a place for them when you book your own. 

Covid Restrictions

When you arrive you’ll see that things look a bit different. There are cones for socially distanced queuing, signs to remind you to wear a mask (which is now mandatory unless medically exempt), hand sanitiser on the entrance, a track and trace QR code, hand sanitiser, spaced out seating and one way systems. All the things you’d expect at any Covid-Secure venue.

Current guidelines do not allow the congregation to join in with singing so our times of worship will have a different feel for now.

We may also have doors or windows open for ventilation (even in winter) so please ensure you bring warm clothing.

We must encourage you to keep a social distance from people who are not in your family or bubble. As a church family who usually enjoy meeting for tea, coffee and lots of chatting after the service, we know that it is difficult, but please ensure you don’t hang around after to speak to others – if you have any questions or feedback for the service leaders please do get in touch via the church office.

Will there be an offering? How can I give?

There won’t be an official offering during the service. If you’d like to give financially to the work of the church you can do so on our gifts page. If you are unable to give in this way, there will be a box for cash donations on your way in on a Sunday morning. 

What if I feel ill after I’ve booked to attend a service?

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, are self-isolating due to contact with a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19, or have been requested to self-isolate by the NHS Track and Trace system, please do not attend a service until your isolation period is over. You can drop us an email to cancel your booked place and participate from home by watching the live stream. If you begin to experience COVID-19 symptoms whilst in a service, we ask that you and your household/bubble leave immediately, follow stay at home guidance and call NHS 111 should you need non-emergency medical advice. If you subsequently test positive for COVID-19 please contact Louine on 01737 248258 or info@reigatebaptistchurch.org.uk so we can inform others who were attending the same service as they may have come into contact with the virus. 

How can I help?

In order to make services happen we need lots more people to volunteer to help on our teams. You can view current roles and sign up here.