Everything you need to know about attending Hope Church
Updated: Nov 9
"I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith."
These words that Paul wrote to the Romans have been etched in my heart over the past few days as I think about the joy of spending time together over this summer period. And yet as I come to think about Sundays at the RGS I'm also aware that I am nervous too: What will it be like meeting together again? Will we be safe? Will everyone get on? Will we have enough people to serve? You may have all sorts of questions too, and so my prayer is that as we learn to gather on a Sunday regularly again, that we all have grace and patience for one another. Not everything will be smooth from day 1 - but I am confident that it will be really encouraging to be together again!
The aim of this blog is to be a one stop shop of everything you need to know about meeting together. In the text of this email you'll find some of the key things to know about, and attached are an updated version of the FAQ's that give greater detail and answer your questions.
1) Zoom Link Every Sunday morning we'll be live-streaming the meeting on Zoom for those not present physically. The zoom link will be open from 9.45am to 12pm. This gives you a few mins to say hi to others before the meeting starts at 10am and also after the meeting has ended at 11.30am. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/359722231?pwd=UWxJdmxtNjdITTY2TmxKbkZrb2xMZz09 Meeting ID: 359 722 231 Passcode: Hope 2) New Arrival Entrance and Parking During the Summer the school are doing work on the normal staff Car Park that we have used in the past. Therefore all cars will enter the school premises through Pannells Court, and our car park team will help you park on the school playground. If on foot you can still access through the entrance on the high street. A Map of the new entrance, and parking can be found in the FAQ's (attached) 3) Covid Security, social distancing and masks (inc kids) Whilst all restrictions in England have been eased on 19th July, Coronavirus continues to present a very real risk to our community and self isolation for contacts remains in place until mid August. As such we are putting in place some recommendations, outlined here and placed in detail in the FAQ's - We would ask all adults to wear a facemask whilst moving about within the venue (these can be removed when in your seat). - Our seating will be arranged in socially distanced groups. You are welcome to sit with people from outside your household, but please be aware that if one of them tests positive for Covid-19, as someone who has spent over 15minutes with them less than 2m apart, you may be required, under the current rules to isolate for 10days by NHS Test & Trace. - We would recommend that after the service once you've collected your refreshments that you enjoy them in your seats. - Please be aware that if you have a child in our kids groups, and one child in that group tests positive, that your child may also be considered a contact, and therefore need to isolate for 10days. - You will not need to provide a vaccine passport to attend and neither will we take your temperature on arrival. You are also not required by law to use the NHS Test and trace app, however we will continue to display the QR code poster should you wish to sign in. If you are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms we would encourage you to stay at home and take a test. 4) Environmentally friendly drinks In order to do our part to reduce our carbon footprint we would like to encourage everyone to bring a thermos mug for their tea & coffee's on Sundays. We've got a bunch of Hope Church thermos mugs which you are welcome to keep to facilitate this too :) 5) Booking in Booking's remain open for the summer Sundays. You can book in for any given Sunday in ChurchSuite by simply heading to Menu and clicking My Events, then selecting a Sunday, scrolling down and clicking on that event to book yourself and anyone else in. You can also do this online through the following links Sunday 25th July Sunday 1st August Sunday 8th August Sunday 15th August Sunday 22nd August Sunday 29th August If you are on a rota to serve on any given Sunday then you will be automatically booked for that Sunday, however you'll need to book any family or friends in, if they are accompanying you.
Everything else you'll be able to find in the FAQ's please do give them a read and we look forward to seeing you again soon Many thanks Chris (on behalf of the leadership team)