7th August update
We’re back!! We have restarted services in the church building on Sunday mornings, from 11am-12pm. The first one was held last week.
This Sunday (9th. August) we have a visit from Andie and Sue Frost (previously with N-Flame and Pray Haringey), who have been teaching in Lebanon, so do come to hear and encourage them.
There are lots of precautions in place to keep us safe; social distancing, sanitising door handles and other surfaces, cleaning with antiseptic spray machine, etc. And apart from the singers/preacher, we have to wear masks. Please look at the following list of things, some of which derive from Government advice, on how to say safe.
If for any reason you don’t feel able to return to the church building till a bit later on, that’s fine, services will continue to be streamed.
Please pray for all those making arrangements for the restart of church, for God’s protection upon us, and for other churches in Haringey as they face similar situations.
Thanks to all of you for continuing financial support of the church at this time, and to the volunteers at the Food Bank who are seeking to meet the needs of others in the community.
guidance for return to church building - 2nd august
The following are instructions to enable the church to restart, on a limited basis, on 2nd August. They will be reviewed in the week following the service, to see if any changes need to be made.
- Do not come to church if you have any of the well-documented symptoms of Covid-19, e.g. fever, loss of smell or tase, persistant cough.
- Face masks to be worn, unless in the worship group or preaching.
- Please bring your own face masks, bottle of water if you need a drink, and Bible.
- Keep at least 1m. apart in the foyer and 2m. in the church.
- No hugging, kissing, or shaking of hands.
- Entrance and exit is via foyer.
- No use of kitchen, - so no teas or coffees.
- In church we will use alternate rows of seating, and except for household/family groups, leave two vacant chairs between each person. This will probably limit numbers to around 50-60.
- The service will continue to be streamed.
- Surfaces such as door handles, switches and the metal backs of chairs, to be wiped with antiseptic cloth before the service.
- Service time from 11am - 12pm.
- The foodbank will operate from the church hall, at its usual time of 11.30am - 1 p.m.
- Use of toilets; not more than one person at a time in each of the three toilets; try and minimise use of toilets, in order not to conflict movements with people working in food bank.
- Prayer for individuals; not in church, but possible one to one in the creche and in rear car park. Please do not queue up for prayer; if you have prayer needs, talk to prayer team or Elders and arrange for prayer by phone if possible.
- The Youth group will meet in the Upper Room during the morning service.
- No buckets passed around for offerings; a bucket placed at back of church to drop in offerings. Gloves to be used in counting.
The Gospel Centre Newsletter
SUnday Morning Service
The Gospel Centre Choir
The choir practice will not be taking place but will now be in the form of a conference call every Wednesday from 7:30pm-8:30pm, mainly for prayer and support. The line will be open to all who would like to join for prayer. For future information about the choir, please contact via email: email@example.com.
Care Groups have been set up, so that Pastoral workers, Elders and others in leadership have each been given around 7 to 10 people to ‘look out’ for, I.e. to keep in contact, usually by phone, e-mail or Facebook. It’s particularly to keep an eye out for those who are a bit more vulnerable, but also to keep in touch with each other as it looks like we shall be physically isolating for some weeks ahead.
The food bank
The food bank has continued seeing 40 or more people a week. We have now decided to continue serving from the front door of Transform House. This means that we are keeping more of our food in the church hall so as to help us to be more effective in our delivery . As the 'holiday' season has started and some of our volunteers have returned to work we have had to take on some more volunteers. We continue to pick up supplies of food wherever we can, though including some local churches. Currently, we are in need of tinned fish (not tuna), tinned fruit, pasta sauce, standard packets of cereal, long life milk and cake. For queries please contact Steve at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The gospel centre notices
- The GrahamTour, where Franklin Graham was due to come and speak at venues in different parts of Britain, including the O2 in Greenwich London, has been postponed due to the corona virus epidemic; and that means that the Training Sessions – Christian Life and Witness courses – scheduled for April, have also been cancelled.