Coronavirus COVID-19 – update 18 July 2021

As the UK seeks to chart its way out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government is seeking to remove legal restrictions on gatherings from 19 July 2021 and instead move towards relying on personal judgement and choice.

As a country, we are fortunate that a significant proportion of the adult population have been vaccinated and therefore the serious risks associated with COVID-19 are reduced, however there are still risks posed by the disease both to vaccinated and unvaccinated people.  These risks are the same in church as they are in other parts of life that many of us are still undertaking (e.g. visiting the supermarket).

There are many differing attitudes to the risk posed by the virus and its impact on the church and it is beholden upon us to act appropriately towards our brothers and sisters, particularly with COVID-19 clearly being still in circulation in the community.  We need to be mindful that some amongst us are nervous or concerned, and equally we must consider that we all make decisions based on our attitude to risk every day.  Philippians 2:1-4 says:

‘…if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.’

We must pray for our brothers and sisters – pray for protection from COVID-19, for opportunities to witness to our contacts, and for grace and love towards others at all times.  Pray also for wisdom for the Oversight as we seek to navigate this challenging period whilst also encouraging church unity and growth – there is no easy path to tread.

In order to assist with ensuring that Corringham Evangelical Church is as safe as possible during the ongoing pandemic, you are asked to consider the following points when attending a service:

  • If you have any of the recognised symptoms of COVID-19 you must not attend the church building and must self-isolate in accordance with the latest government guidelines.
  • As we are no longer requiring pre-booking for church services and services are held indoors, it may be sensible to consider wearing a face covering to protect both yourself and those around you.  If worn, face coverings should cover both the mouth and nose, and disposable masks will continue to be made available should you not have your own mask and wish to wear one.
  • Services will now be able to include singing and we are keen to incorporate this as we feel that it is a fundamental part of our worship.  It is still unclear whether singing presents an increased risk of spread of COVID-19, but you may wish to consider wearing face coverings while singing to reduce infection risk.
  • With limited space in the building it is not possible to ensure ‘social distancing’.  If you are concerned then you should attempt to leave as much distance around you as possible and should politely and calmly request this consideration from anyone who seeks to sit near to you.  Out of love for others, please accept this request if it is made of you.
  • We will have hand sanitiser available at church entrances and encourage you to use this.
  • You may wish to keep contact with those outside your household to a reduced level or you may wish to consider mitigating measures such as mask wearing or talking outdoors.  If others appear nervous or uncomfortable, please seek to ‘value others above yourselves’ and treat others with respect.
  • Windows will be open to assist with ventilation and you are asked to consider this when choosing what to wear while attending church.
  • Services will continue to be live-streamed on YouTube and will also be available in recorded form after the service.  The sermon will also be available as a podcast, as usual.
  • Song books, Bibles, pens and all unnecessary objects have been removed from the church to reduce the risk of infection.  You are asked to bring your own Bible with you or make use of the projected Bible.
  • Refreshments will be served but you may wish to consider distancing around the church hall or preferably gathering outdoors to reduce the risk of infection.

While attending church will continue to be different during this period, the Oversight very much hope that these changes will be a step back towards ‘normality’ and will both glorify God and honour our brothers and sisters.  We will, of course, continue to review Government guidelines and will make amendments to this guidance as required.

Club 7/11

After a long Covid-induced break, we are delighted to announce that Club 7/11 returns this evening, Monday 7 June 2021!

Running from 6.00pm to 7.15pm every Monday during term time, young people aged 7 to 11 are invited to join us for games and other fun.

There is no need to book – just turn up at 6.00pm.

Coffee Break is back

After an extended break due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are delighted to announce that Coffee Break will shortly be returning!

Starting on Friday 11 June 2021, we will be gathering from 10.30am to 12.00pm each Friday.

Visitors will be required to wear a face mask when they come in and move around the building but this can be removed once seated. Tables will be separate and there will be a maximum capacity of 6 in line with Government guidance.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming many of you back to Coffee Break.

Tot Spot is restarting!

Greetings fellow Tot Spotters!

It has been over a year since we were last able to be together and we’ve really missed seeing our Tot Spot family every Wednesday. However, we have some exciting news to share – we’re re-starting next week (21 April)!

Under current Government guidelines we are now allowed to host up to 15 adults plus their children each week, as long as we all follow social distancing and mask requirements. It won’t be quite the same because we won’t be able to do story or songtime, but as a first step back to normality, we can’t wait.

In order to limit attendance, places at Tot Spot will have to be pre-booked each week. We’ve set up a really simple online booking system which you will need to visit and put in your details for Track and Trace purposes (these details will be retained for 21 days). The booking calendar can be accessed at https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/TotSpot1@corringhamevangelical.co.uk/bookings/

Please note the following information to ensure that Tot Spot is safe for everyone:

Masks must be worn at all times when inside the church building unless exempt and you will be asked to sanitise your hands on entry to the building. Chairs will be spaced around the room and should not be moved. You may move around to play with or assist your child but we ask that you are mindful of social distancing guidelines. Children will not be expected to maintain social distance. If you or your child are feeling unwell, please do not attend. Places are strictly limited to 15 adults per week. Please be considerate of others when booking and book only for the week ahead. If you are unable to make your booked session, please cancel as soon as possible to allow another family to attend. The full risk assessment is available at the link below.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming many of you back to Tot Spot.

Thank you for your support and cooperation in making it as safe and enjoyable as possible for everyone.

Hollie and Becky

Covid-19 Risk Assessment – Tot Spot

Easter Services 2021

Over Easter we have a number of services and activities to celebrate this important season.

On Palm Sunday (28th March), our service will be led by Chris Mayers at 11.00am and will also be live-streamed on YouTube.

On Good Friday (2nd April), we will have a short service at 10.00am reflecting on the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ at the cross.  This gathering will take place on Zoom.

On Easter Sunday (4th April) we will celebrate the resurrection at 11.00am (in person and live-streamed on YouTube).  Following recent changes in Government guidelines, we shall also be holding an outdoors acoustic sung worship session after the morning service in the grounds of Dry Street Memorial Church – please join us from 12.15pm at Dry Street, if you are able, ensuring that you follow guidelines on social distancing etc.

We haven’t been able to hold our TJC Easter Egg Hunt this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but instead we have distributed over 100 gift bags to local children so that they can celebrate Easter in their own homes.

Colossians: Struggling People

Aim: To see that the Christian life is not meant to be an easy ride but a life of hard work as we strive to build one another up in Christ (Colossians 1:24-2:5)

YouTube live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F6NUwfW_Pk

Colossians: Kingdom People

Aim: To see that, as Christians, we have been brought into the Kingdom of God and that the King has called us to be kingdom makers who break into the darkness of the world with the light of the King (Colossians 1:13-24; Luke 17:20-21)

YouTube live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shvRbO1j__0

Kids’ Zone 2020

Normally at this time of year we would host Kids’ Zone, a chance for young people to prepare lots of fun crafts and treats just in time for Christmas. Because of Covid-19, we can’t hold this safely in person this year, so instead we’re bringing Kids’ Zone right into your house!

Listed below are loads of fun craft ideas which have been prepared by people from the church. They’re all designed to use things that you hopefully already have around the house or you can get hold of easily at the supermarket, and each one has a video showing you how to do it.

Give as many of these ideas a go as you like, and please do feel free to share them on our Facebook page or Tweet them to us – we would love to see them!

Also don’t forget to check our our Christmas service which will take place at 11.00am on Sunday 20 December 2020 – it will be live on our YouTube channel. You can also book to attend physically on our Christmas page.

Welcome and How to Make Christmas Crackers

How to make Christmas crackers from items you have around the home.

How to Make a Christmas Wreath

How to make a Christmas Wreath from foliage around your garden and the local area.

How to Make Christmas Peppermint Bark

How to make Christmas Peppermint Bark from ingredients you either have at home or from the supermarket.

How to Make a Toilet Roll Christmas Tree

How to make a Christmas Tree from toilet roll!

How to Make Origami Santas

How to make Origami Santas using just A4 paper, pens and scissors.

How to Make Edible Christmas Trees

How to make Edible Christmas Trees from either rice crispie cakes or chocolate brownies.

How to Make Hot Chocolate Stirrers

How to Make Hot Chocolate Stirrers

How to Make a Stained Glass Window

How to Make a Stained Glass Window

How to Make an Origami Star

How to Make an Origami Star