Since Sunday 6th September we’re been worshipping together again after the enforced break of 24 weeks. Our sanctuary has been refurbished whilst we’ve been apart, so the building looks a little different (although the new forecourt is still to be done). Our services also feel different, as we’ve still got to protect ourselves as much as we can from the risk of spreading the Coronavirus if someone who has it inadvertently attends the services.
We’re ready for you!
We’ve got to keep to the social distancing instructions during the service, which means capacity is limited. Roughly, we can accommodate 70 people downstairs and another 50 upstairs – but before the virus came we normally had 250 people attending our morning service. So to be sure of being able to get in, you need to book a place – either through ChurchSuite or by phoning the church office (no later than 3pm on the Friday for the following Sunday’s service). To allow as many as possible to attend services, we’re running two services, one at the usual 10.30am and another in the afternoon at 3.00pm. But these services are slightly different!
We’re really sorry but we can’t run children’s activities during the morning service the way we used to at the moment – so children will have to stay with their parents. But to make this easier, we’ve made the afternoon one more child-friendly. We still have our usual mix of contemporary worship music and prayers, but when it comes to learning from God’s word, instead of having a talk (or sermon, which the morning service will have), we engage with the topic through discussion and activities led by the service leader, which each family group can join in with.
So please decide which service you prefer to attend and book your place. Both services last about an hour, and remember, whichever service you attend, you’ll have to wear a face mask (unless medically exempt), and we’ll have to allocate you to seating with the appropriate gaps between people. We’ll be able to meditate on the lyrics of the worship songs, and maybe hum along quietly, but we can’t sing out loud. Sadly there’s a few other regulations we have to comply with, so if you haven’t seen our videos which explain what we’re doing to try and keep everybody safe, have a look at our coronavirus information post. But, despite these restrictions, we ARE able to get together and encourage one another with our nods and waves, and as we say our “amens” and share in worship and praise.
If you can’t come…
We realise that not everyone can come to our services – perhaps because you have underlying health problems and still don’t feel you can risk being in a building with 60-100 other people, or maybe because you’ve not been able to book a place. So to allow for that, we’re going to be live-streaming our 10.30am service, which you can watch either by going to our YouTube channel (search YouTube for “Hockliffe Street Baptist Church”), or you can view the video through this website at the page leightonbaptists.org.uk/live. The stream will go live by about 10.25 each Sunday morning. Shortly after the service finishes, YouTube will have a recording of the service available to watch on demand.
Helping those who don’t have internet access
We know that some regular members of our congregation don’t have access to computers to be able to watch the service through YouTube, so we’re also making DVDs of the recording to deliver late Sunday or on Mondays. If you know someone who could benefit from this, please let the church office know. See our “Contact us” page if you need help with sending us a message.