We will revert to one service from Sunday 25thJuly at 10.30am.
Seating will generally be spaced out more.
There may be some groups who are happy to sit a little closer together (e.g., a family or a couple of friends). That’s ok but generally there shouldn’t be a need to be ‘on top of each other’, so let’s keep some space.
Mask wearing is now optional in England but there appears to be growing wisdom in wearing them in busy indoor spaces. We are therefore encouraging the continued use of masks for those who usually wear them.
We are aware opinions differ here and would again urge us to seek to love and prioritise one another in this area.
To help our environment, we will maximise ventilation and we should make good use of the garden before and after the service.
Singing – we await confirmation but expect will be allowed to sing indoors after 19thJuly, and we look forward to praising God together in this way – it’s been a long time waiting for this!
If the prospect of singing increases your concern about returning, would you please speak to Chris. Someone has suggested using the balcony or a section of the balcony as a no singing zone. It would be helpful to hear if this would be appreciated.
Zoom will not be used on Sundays after 19th
We still plan to record the service, uploading the readings and talks to YouTube as early after the Sunday as we can.
Zoom has been a wonderful help whilst we could not physically gather. We are so pleased that we can now get together again; praise God together; sit under his Word together and encourage one another face to face! For those who have already returned, I think it’s fair to say that it is so much better to actually be together.
We do not want to leave anyone feeling isolated or cut off from the church family! If there are reasons that mean you are not able to return to the building, once again please speak to Chris or one of the Elders or a member of the Pastoral Care Team (Katie, Fiona, Julia, Keely) and we will do all we can to support you!
Refreshments – some have been bringing a drink with them to church, and this is still completely fine! That said, it would now be good to provide tea, coffee and squash for those who would like to stay and encourage one another after the service.
If you would be willing to help with this on one Sunday during the summer, please let Chris know. We will only be able to offer refreshments if people are willing to help.
Coronavirus Update (1st June 2021)
Sunday Services are running, with limited numbers.
Some of our mid-week groups, such as Coffee, Cake & Chat, Illuminate and Starfish have restarted, with various limitations to make sure we are not only complying with government guidance, but also ensuring we are making them as safe as we possibly can. If you would like more information on any of those groups and what we're doing, you can contact Chris using the button.
Coronavirus Update (11th Jan 2021)
We have now decided that it would be better for us to run our services entirely online until mid-February.
We hope you can join us live for our Zoom services.
We will also be posting the sermons to Youtube for anyone who wants to catch up afterwards. We will do our best to get them uploaded on the day after.
Our family services are also continuing on Zoom for the time being, starting at 9am.
Coronavirus Update (6th Jan 2021)
As of the 6th January we have been placed under a national lockdown, however the government has stated that communal worship can continue. Please read the update below from the 20th December for more.
The only major changes is that our Youth Work and our 9am Family services are moving back online for the time being.
Coronavirus Update (20th Dec 2020)
The announcement by the Prime Minister said clearly that communal worship can still take place even in tier 4. However, we recognise that we all have a responsibility for helping manage the spread of the virus and therefore the CCR leaders have taken the following decision regarding Christmas services in our Fish Street building Services will be run from Fish Street and broadcast live via YouTube / Zoom. As a church we want to stay open and welcoming to those in our community; whilst also staying within the rules and ensuring people’s safety is our number one priority. Therefore things will need to look and feel a little different from normal and we will be taking the following steps: 1. We will be taking every step possible to ensure the safety of those who choose to attend by making entry to the building and departure from the building much more highly managed. This (sadly) will reduce indoor interaction with others 2. We will be reducing the numbers we have in the building 3. We would ask you to stay at home and watch from home if you can 4. That said, all who would benefit from meeting physically will be warmly welcomed! 5. Seats will be reserved for those in greatest need and all seats must be booked in advance (please email us to book a seat)
Coronavirus Update (2nd Dec 2020)
We are currently allowed to open for church services and a few other activities, for limited numbers, whilst maintaining social distancing and wearing masks. Look out on our home and events pages for activities you can join in with, and don't forget to book your places in advance to secure a spot! Our services also have online options for those who don't want to come in, or can't book a place.
Coronavirus Update (5th Nov 2020)
Following the recent announcement, we are having to pause our in-person activities for the month of November. We will be broadcasting our services from the building, but our congregation will have to remain at home, and our youth work and growth groups will also have to move back online. We hope that in December we will be able to begin allowing people to book places at Fish Street for services again.
Coronavirus Update (6th Sept 2020)
The recent updates from the government in relation to Covid-19 and the lockdown have opened the way for churches like ours to begin services. We will be live streaming services from Fish Street in September and exploring ways to safely open our building up again for a limited number of people as the weeks progress. Please do check back here and our Facebook page for up to date information. Our small groups are meeting online and some youth work is also running online. We will be exploring the right balance of face-to-face meeting and online meeting over the coming months and will keep people up to date via our website, social media and whatsapp groups.
Coronavirus Update (16th March 2020)
Many of you will have heard the Prime Ministers update tonight which included a request to minimise social gatherings, to help slow the spread of the virus, support the NHS and protect the vulnerable. The CCR Leadership have discussed this tonight and agreed that the appropriate response to this situation is to give our full support to these measures. Therefore, moving forward ALL church gatherings (both in Fish Street and in homes) will cease until further notice. Coffee Cake and Chat will run tomorrow (17th March) as it’s too late to communicate this change properly now but that will be the final meeting at Fish Street.
However, CCR is about far more than just meeting together in a building (as important as that is). We can still be church family in this situation. And importantly, we can still support our community at this time. Obviously tonight’s government announcement came as a bit of a shock so we don’t have all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed yet… but we are planning creative ways to be virtually together at this time. Once we have these clarified we will be in touch - on these web pages and social media too. We are planning on live streaming this coming Sunday - more info will follow on this later in the week. We are also thinking of ways to ensure everyone is looked after and cared for too.
In the meantime, please do be praying for those in leadership in our country at this time and for friends, family and one another. And please do keep checking in with your small groups and keeping a pastoral eye out for others.
If you have any questions, please do get in touch with any of the leadership team. Click here for their contact details.