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24th September 2020

We are living in unprecedented times and we need to follow the Covid-19 rules and regulations to keep everyone safe. We need to rely upon one another to show due care and consideration for each other by keeping to the rules. 
 
We would love to have church ‘the way it was’, but this is not possible right now. Your help and cooperation to enable to meet in person is most appreciated. Thank you for your understanding.
 
FYI
  • Please observe social distancing at all times
  • No hugging, shaking hands etc.
  • If you have any of the Covid-19 symptoms - do NOT come to church (even if you have already pre-booked)
  • Seating allocation is arranged to ensure social distancing between household groups
  • Please note, you can have socially distanced conversation with those seated around your table group that will be no bigger than 6 people, but you are discouraged from interacting with those seated at other table groups. In order to comply with current rules, we are not facilitating socialising at our in-person services at this present time.
  • Extra care will be taken with the seating arrangements of those who are exempt from wearing a mask
  • Seating and touch points have all been cleaned before the venue is opened to the congregation
  • Toilets are operating on a one-in-one-out basis. Someone will be stationed by the double doors at the back of the Main Hall and will let you know if you are free to enter the toilets, or if you must wait.
  • You will need to sanitise your hands again before re entering the Main Hall after using the toilet
 
Before Sunday
  • Pre-Book via email (hello@kingswisbech.org.uk) or phone (01945 467413 – and leave a message)
  • Cut-off date is the Wednesday evening before the Sunday you are booking for
  • Confirmation of your booking will be sent to you on Thursday
Arrival
  • The doors will be closed until about 10 minutes before the service is due to begin
  • Please wait in an orderly, socially distanced queue outside the venue whilst the Welcome Team admits one household group at a time
  • Everyone over the age of 11 years old will need to wear a face covering throughout the service
  • If you forget your face covering, you can purchase one for £1
  • Wearing of a face covering will be checked upon arrival and you will be refused entry if you do not have one (or have not notified us in advance of an exemption)
  • You will be asked to use hand sanitiser upon arrival
  • Please remain in your allocated seating area throughout the service
  • There is not tea and coffee provided – if you would like a drink, please bring one from home.
The Service
  • The service will be led by a service-leader from the front. They will use a microphone as raised voices from anyone in the room is not allowed – however this means that no one else can use that microphone
  • There will be a shorter sermon than usual - using a different, head-set / clip-on microphone
  • The service leader and the preacher will be up on the stage as this helps us to use the maximum amount of space on the floor to fit as many groups into the service as possible with the social distancing measures in place
  • According to the government guidelines, whilst preaching or leading a service, you are exempt from wearing a face covering
  • Unfortunately, there will be no band and no singing - however we will try to find other, creative ways of worshipping together in a socially distanced way
  • You will not be able to come up to the front to share news, prayers etc – however interaction is a vital part of our worship together, so you will be able to either write down contributions on paper provided (which will be collected from you), or alternatively you will be able to use your phone to text in your contributions to a special number that we will give you during the service – these will then be read out by the person leading the service
  • Communion – the church will provide the communion elements. Individual disposable cups as well as wrapped crackers will be place on your table before the service begins. Households can share crackers, but please do not share food or drink with those not within your household. These will be prepared in a Covid-Secure way
  • Tithes, Offerings and Donations – you are encouraged to use the website to make any donations. However, we will still take cash. You will find an envelope in your seating area where you can place your cash donation. Simply leave it on your seat at the end of the service and it will be collected safely and quarantined for 72 hours before being counted and banked
  • Children – Parents please keep children within your household’s designated seating area. We are unable to provide any toys at present, please can you bring your own from home. We will try to have elements in the service that all age groups can engage with, but please can you also have something to hand for those parts of the service that do not particularly interest your child
Departing
  • The service leader will call out seating areas, one at a time, to help control the departure from the building to help ensure social distancing
  • Please do not congregate outside the building after the service


24th September 2020

We will have a QR Code to make use of the NHS Covid-19 track-and-trace app available for you to scan whenever you attend a Sunday service. Please download the app and then scan the code upon arrival.


22nd September 2020

Socially Distanced Church

We are staring out in-person Sunday services again on Sunday 4th October 2020, at 10:30am in the Queen Mary Centre, Wisbech.
 

Pre-Booking Information

We have had to limit our capacity to be able to comply with social distancing within the Queen Mary Centre.
In order to help with seating layout as well as the preparation of any materials that may be needed during the service, we need to ask you to pre-book each week. We also need to have contact details on our database for everyone attending to help us comply with Track-and-Trace.
 

Capacity

Our capacity within the Queen Mary Centre is limited
 
We will be seating you in socially distanced groups around tables using the 1m+ rule. These table groups will be no larger than 6 people to comply with the ‘Rule of 6’.
 
Each table group will be socially distanced from other table groups
 
Interaction between different table groups is discouraged
 
What about the Rule of 6? – Doesn’t it mean the congregation can’t be bigger than 6 people? No - This applies to social gatherings. Church is an ‘Act of Worship’, not a social gathering. Church is a Regular Worship event and these are limited by the size of the venue and its capacity for social distancing to be in place within it. Please be aware that we are not facilitating socialising at our in-person services at present.
 
What about the ‘no more than 30’ rule? – This applies to life-cycle events such as weddings, funerals and baptisms that happen outside of a regular worship event. Regular Worship events are limited by the size of the venue and its capacity for social distancing to be in place within it.
 

How to Book

Via email (hello@kingswisbech.org.uk) or phone (01945 467413 – and leave a message)
 
Information needed: 
o names of all hoping to attend
o up-to-date phone number
o if you are exempt from wearing face covering
 
Cut-off date is the Wednesday evening before the Sunday you are booking for
 
Confirmation of your booking will be sent to you on Thursday
 

Track-and-Trace

Upon arrival your attendance will be recorded on the Track-and-Trace register by a member of the Welcome Team
 
You will also be told which seating area has been allocated to you
 
Please remain in this seating area throughout the service
 
Government advice for those 70 years and over:
  • Certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including people who are aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions.
  • Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household.


11th September 2020

What About the New Rules that only allow for social gatherings of no more than 6 people?

We have sought clarity on this and the government have confirmed that the new rules apply to social gatherings - church is an act of worship (not a social gathering) so can still go ahead.

To read more about this click here to read an article on the Evangelical Alliance Website.

10th September 2020

We have good news.....We are working hard to make it possible for us to meet together again in person in early October.

Verity will be emailing out a quick survey this week to those who are subscribed to our newsletter mailing list - please can you complete this.

We will be together again, but in order to keep everyone safe in this Covid-19 pandemic there will be strict rules and guidelines in place that everyone will need to follow.

This will mean that church will be VERY different to how it normally is.

We will be publishing more details about how this will all happen in the coming weeks.

Please Note: the 'Church Online' live stream will continue even when we are meeting in person again.

See you soon! 


9th August 2020 - A change to our Live Stream



30th July 2020 - Overseers in Discussions

Our leadership team is currently in discussion about the best way we can open up face-to-face meetings in some form given the current government guidelines and restrictions.

Please can you pray that they will hear from God, pray for wisdom and common sense.

We will keep you updated.


18th March 2020 - A message from the Overseers

No meetings but still working

Following advice from the Government and in line with other sectors of society The King’s Church will not be holding public meetings and events until further notice. We will still be church together but in different ways.

This means that in respect of those gatherings coming under the covering of the church we have stopped all those regular activities where people have been invited to come together in a building – public or private – such meetings are suspended i.e. Sunday services, Messy Church, After Hours, training groups, prayer meetings etc.

Independent of our decision the management of The Queen Mary Centre has decided to close that venue until the crises is past.
We can still function as The King’s Church and listed here are the ways we would encourage everyone to be involved.

  • On Sundays there will be live streaming of teaching, music, prayer testimony and fellowship news.

  • Mutual support through the Barnabas Team – giving regular contact and prayerful support.

  • The King’s Church Prayer Chain. Share your concerns and testimony to answered prayer.

  • Phone calls and e-mails – maintain relationships make new contacts.

We have said from the beginning that our identity is not in a church building – the church is people – here is a great opportunity to demonstrate that together.

We will endeavor to circulate all the information you need. This will be on our website or through letters and phone calls.

If you are involved in any project that supports your local community through these weeks please let us know so that we can see and celebrate the good that emerges in challenging times.

From
The Overseers of The King’s Church Wisbech

18th. March 2020


If there is anything we can do to help, please email us at hello@kingswisbech.org.uk 


 

Our Response to the Coronavirus

 

1. Respond in Faith, not Fear.

We are people of faith and do not need to live in fear of sickness, disease or even death. So please do not be afraid.  Trust Jesus with your life and with your loved ones.  Be prayerful at this time and learn to trust in Jesus. 

2. Be Wise 

We also need to be wise, not only to protect ourselves but also to protect those within our community who are more vulnerable.  The UK government has issued some health guidelines. So please do

  • wash your hands with soapy water regularly
  • use tissues and throw them in the bin afterwards
  • try not to touch your face with your hands

We are also changing a couple of things at church in order to be wise in this situation:

  • We will not be shaking hands or hugging (our welcome team will still make you feel very welcome!)
  • We will be changing the way we do communion for a while – using small individual single use cups (biodegradable) and pre-broken unleavened bread
  • Tea and coffee will not be self-service
  • Stricter rules will be in place around the bring and share fellowship meal

If gathering large crowds is banned in our area we will still ‘meet’ but will do so using the internet – our church has a YouTube Channel where we will be live streaming things such as the message and maybe even some worship songs on a Sunday. So please find out how to get to the church YouTube Channel.

Small group meetings will also continue through the use of things such as Facebook Messenger where we can ‘conference call’ each other and still have small group discussion and interaction.

3. Keep Connected 

It is important that we keep connected. Just because we may not be able to meet face-to-face doesn’t mean we should not meet at all. 

Pone another. Pray for one another. Make use of the Prayer Chain on our church website. Make sure you are signed up to the Barnabas Team to receive personal prayer support. 

Tell  others about your faith. In times of crisis people are often searching for answers and for hope. We have a sure hope in Jesus – tell someone about it.