*These guidelines were updated 15.10.20 to bear-in-mind London’s alert level being raised to high, and non-household gatherings of 6 no longer being permitted indoors. We will adjust these in due course when the threat level decreases.
We’re so excited to be meeting in person very soon. We’ve missed gathering together in our building. Rest assured that we’re working hard to create a COVID-secure environment and adhere to all government guidelines. This might mean church looks a bit different to how it was before. Like shops, businesses and transport; masks and antibac are our new best friends and this is the case for church too!
We’ll share with you some guidelines now, but don’t be overwhelmed. And don’t forget, before you come to church, you’ll always need a ticket!! Like we said, it’s all a bit different, but here’s how it’ll work:
For a start there’ll be fewer people than in the past. This is because we need to maintain proper distancing and limit numbers.
There’ll be no paper handouts, like Bibles, Updates, Giving Envelopes – everything will be digital for the time being – on the screens or on your phones.
Kids and Youth church will stay online for now. You’re welcome to bring children with you, but they’ll need to sit with you throughout the service. If you’re worried about safeguarding, because of the service being filmed, our hosts will happily point you to a spot where the camera won’t see you.
Those in the congregation won’t be able to sing out loud, but feel free to raise your hands and dance around in joyful praise!
Communion will be done with the infamous ‘fellowship cups’ and we’ll try to keep this within household groups or bubbles.
You’ll be able to book for the service, week-by-week at westminsterchapel.org.uk/live. Only those who’ve booked a ticket will be allowed in, and we’ll aim to give everyone a chance to attend at least once or twice a month depending on demand.
When you come to church, have your QR code ready, on your phone or print it off if you don’t have a smart phone.
Please put your mask on before you come in the building.
Before doors open, please queue outside and down Buckingham Gate, keeping 1m apart from others waiting.
Sanitise your hands immediately when you enter the building.
We know you’d love to hug and shake hands, but for now, we recommend an air High-Five, or a good old fashioned wave. Maybe even a head nod for those who are playing it cool.
Because we aren’t giving out any paper items, to minimise transition, please bring:
Your own Bible
A drink of your choice
A notepad or your phone
We will operate a one-way traffic system throughout the building. We know the aisles and doorways are narrow, so please follow the directions of the hosts and try to go with the flow of people.
The queues for the loo will be socially distanced.
Follow guidance and signage throughout the building. Keep your eyes open for signs and generally stay alert. It will be hard not to go onto autopilot, but we all need to do our best to protect each other.
Chapel will be thoroughly cleaned each week ready for the next service.
If you’re feeling unwell, or if anyone in your household has symptoms, we’d ask that you kindly don’t attend – this includes temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
If you’re in the vulnerable category, we also encourage you to stay at home for now.
The good news is that everything will be live streamed so you won’t miss out!
Thank you so much for reading these and we can’t wait to see you soon!