Following the recent changes in legislation, we have decided to return to online meetings for the time being. We will review the situation regularly and when things change again we may return to physical meetings. This is here as a reference for what that might look like,
Returning to meetings in person at Hilton Village Hall
Minimising the risk of transmission
Entry and Exit requirements
We will follow the procedures set by the village hall for entering and exiting the building
All attendees should wash their hands, or use the provided hand sanitiser, for at least 20 seconds on entering and exiting the building. Signs about this will be provided if the Village Hall doesn’t already have these in place.
Numbers and enabling social distancing
We will hire the small hall at the Village Hall. This will enable us to maintain adequate social distance between each family group/individuals.
We will monitor the number of people attending our meetings each week and ensure that we can fit everyone in whilst maintaining the necessary social distancing.
If more people want to attend than we can fit in the room, we will start a rota system, where a certain number of people attend the service in person each week and the rest watch the meeting broadcast over the internet. Those meeting in person and those watching online will be rotated each week.
All attendees of 11 years of age and above will be expected to wear a face mask during the meetings, unless a medical condition means this is not possible.
Seating and room set up
Seating and tables will be organised into groupings for each family/bubble to use as well as seating for any individuals. A distance of 2m will be maintained between each group of chairs/individual chairs. Attendees will be asked to stay within their seating area throughout the meeting time. Children will be encouraged to stay with their family groups.
Where possible, we will also position seating in such a way that minimises face to face seating.
Where possible, we will open windows/fire exits to ventilate the room.
Materials and equipment
Groups including children will be asked to bring their own colouring pens rather than sharing communal pens.
Any song words will be projected onto a screen rather than using song sheets.
Singing and verbal participation
One person will sing, everyone else is to speak words quietly without projecting voice, or reflect on them in silence.
Those who pray out loud are encouraged to pray in a normal speaking voice rather than projecting their voices more loudly.
For the time being, instead of all eating together after our meetings, we will split up into household groups, where two households double up and eat lunch together in one households home.
People showing symptoms of Covid-19 should not attend meetings in person.
We will continue to stream church meetings online for the benefit of those who have to stay at home, or for those who prefer to shield themselves whilst the virus risk remains
Track and Trace
We will ask each attendee, or family group, to complete a Grace Church Hilton track and trace form/register. Alternatively, where the attendee is a regular member of the church family, they can respond to a church whatsapp message confirming their attendance at each meeting.