Following our recent communication regarding our response as a church family to the Coronavirus we wanted to update you on our plans for our service this Sunday.
We want to assure you that the health and safety of all who connect to ACC is a priority for us, and we have a team in place who are closely monitoring the current situation and its impact on our activities and gatherings.
As we have already said this is a changing situation, and we will seek to communicate as soon as possible any changes.
Are we gathering for our service this Sunday?
We will be meeting as normal for our service this Sunday (Sun 15th March). If this changes at any point we will communicate via email, text and posts on social media.
What precautions are we taking for our Sunday gathering?
• When you come to the service, our welcome team will be holding doors open to lessen the number of hand contacts and interactions.
• We are asking that you wash your hands upon entry to the building.
• We are asking our welcome/steward teams to not put out their hands as they welcome people in
• For the coming weeks our offering will take place at the end of the service, with two buckets at the back of the main hall to give as you feel led whilst leaving the service.
• We have taken the decision to not serve cakes or biscuits on a Sunday for the foreseeable future.
• There was no planned communion for this Sunday.
• We have a cleaner in the building on a regular basis and Lynda & the team keep on top of all areas and rooms to make sure they are clean and hygienic.
• The Little Hands Day nursery (who use our building in the week) are also following current procedures and protocol in order to keep the areas they use clean
• Our children and youth activities will continue. The team have been briefed on our current procedures and will direct the children in washing their hands at appropriate times. Unfortunately, there will be no snack available for the coming weeks and so parents/carers may wish to bring pre-packaged snacks for their children.
What about other activities and groups?
As far as our other activities and groups (small groups, youth activities, Bible studies etc) are concerned, they will continue to run as normal. We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions as necessary. For more information on Coronavirus visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Should you come to the service if you are unwell?
No. If you have any of the symptoms of Coronavirus the best thing you can do to stop the spread of illness is stay at home. If you have recently travelled to an area that has experienced an outbreak, consider staying home even if you are not showing symptoms. If you are an older adult or someone who has underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease, low immunity or diabetes, you are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from Coronavirus. Please consider your health and the health of others before deciding to attend the service.
What can you do to minimize the risk of illness?
If you aren’t sick, there are still a few things you can do to love your neighbour and minimize the risk of illness:
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
Thank you for your understanding and wisdom in responding to the Coronavirus outbreak. As we said in our previous email, as Christians we are not captive under the power of fear and anxiety, and whilst exercising wisdom and care for others we remember that we are held in the loving hands of our God, and confident that His perfect love casts out all fear.
If you would like to talk or pray with someone about any of this please contact a member of the team or call the office on 01384370365.