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Worship at Fareham United Reformed Church

September 2020 Update

The Elders of Fareham United Reformed Church are pleased to be able to reopen our building for worship from Sunday 6th September 2020 and look forward to welcoming you back when you are able to join us.

The Elders are committed to following Government and United Reformed Church advice in order to keep all who attend as safe as possible in this Covid-19 environment. This depends on good communication and us being able to work together.

To enable social distancing of 2 metres, the maximum capacity of the Sanctuary is 30. Therefore, seats must be booked in advance. If you wish to attend, please call: 07745 790338 before 10am the day before the service.

We will be unable to provide transport.

Initially, we will be unable to offer refreshments after the service, nor are we able to provide drinking water. We encourage you to bring your own water bottle with you.

An offertory plate will be available at the entrance and exit of the Sanctuary.

We ask you to take note of this advice and agree to abide by its contents.
 
Our commitment to you
  • A thorough Risk Assessment has been carried out and will be adhered to.
  • The premises will have been fallowed and cleaned before worship.
  • Hand sanitizers are provided at strategic points for everyone to use.
  • The building will be kept as ventilated as is comfortably possible.
  • Internal doors will be kept open.
  • There will be no other groups in the building while the service is taking place.
  • When a service includes the Sacrament of Holy Communion, a strict hygiene protocol is in place for the preparation and distribution of the elements in accordance with URC guidelines.
 
What we ask of you
  • You will be expected to use the sanitizers provided on entering the building, again when using the toilets and on departure.
  • You will be asked to confirm your name and contact phone number, which we are required to keep for 21 days after the service.
  • You will be required to wear a face covering while you are in the building.
  • You will be shown to an appropriate seat by a steward and asked to keep your belongings with you.
  • You are asked not to move around once you have been seated.
  • There will be a one-way system, and you will, therefore, be guided to leave by the Classroom Fire Exit after the service.
  • Although there may be music and/or recorded singing, you are unfortunately asked not to sing along.
  • If you are in a high-risk category, we ask that you seriously consider whether it is safe for you to attend worship at the current time. Please see attached extract from the URC Guidelines - “Making Choices about Returning to Activities in Church Buildings”
  • If it is necessary for you to use the toilet facilities prior to the service, you may be asked to wait in the vestibule as only one person may be in the washrooms at any time.
  • Please adhere to safe distancing guidelines at all times.
 
Thank you for your cooperation
Elders, Fareham United Reformed Church September 2020

secretary@farehamurc.org.uk

 

Worship Overview

Our worship of the church is lively, varied and inclusive. Members of the congregation take part in the worship by reading the Bible lessons and from time to time in leading intercessions.

There is a choir and a music group who take part in worship and at present hymns are pre-recorded for Zoom services. The main hymn books used are Rejoice & Sing and The Source, but a variety of other material is used and welcomed by the congregation. Projection facilities are used during all services, to display the words to hymns and Bible readings.

The main service of worship is held each week at 10.30am. The service is a family service and all ages are welcome. This will be broadcast via Zoom for the forseeable future.

There is normally a fully equipped creche available for babies but this is not available at present. Similarly, the members of the Junior Church usually leave the main service for activities suitable for a variety of age groups and children or young people attending will be given a warm welcome. Please contact us regarding activities for children and young people at this time, as we are not in a position to provide these at this time

An evening service is normally held at 6.00pm on the first Sunday of each month but please check home page for dates and times, as we are not currently hosting evening. This is a more informal or intimate service and is often led by the Worship Group. It may occasionally be a communion service.

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion) is celebrated during the service on the 3rd Sunday Morning each month. The invitation to participate is from the Lord Jesus Christ and all including children of all ages are welcome and are included in the celebration. During social restrictions, congregagation members are encouraged to provide their own elements, when joining worship via Zoom.

The church takes a full part in ecumenical services with the other member churches of Christians Together in Fareham.