St.Andrew's during the Covid-19 pandemic
This page gives up-to-date information about our church's response to the present coronavirus pandemic
CHURCH STATUS UPDATE
Sunday 18th July 2021. As we move towards legal restrictions being removed by the government, St Andrew's Covid Planning Group have met to discuss how we can work together to support the life of the church, and try to keep people safe. The group have decided that a cautious approach is essential, given the rapid rise in Covid cases in Darlington and across the north east.
Therefore, from Sunday 1st August:-
- Sunday services will be open to more people, with alternate pews available for the congregation; a maximum of 6 people or 2 households in one pew. Face coverings will continue to be required, as will hand sanitizer. Congregational singing will not yet be possible. No booking will be required - Sidespeople/Wardens will guide you to a seat. Services of Holy Communion will continue with the same procedures as they have since services resumed following the lockdown. We will return to having Bible readings and Intercessions from members of the congregation.
- Online Services will continue to be streamed on a Sunday morning.
- Baptisms and weddings will continue as planned, following guidance already given to families/couples.
- No organised social events will take place.
- Foodbank will continue to operate with the same restricted procedures.
- Church hall/office users will continue to follow the existing procedures.
The Covid Planning Group will review these arrangements on a monthly basis.
We thank everyone for their continued cooperation and understanding.
What is on:-
- The church office is open in the morning, but with social distancing in operation. Peferably email or phone the office rather than visit.
- The Live Sunday service is at 10:00am.
- We are streaming a Worship service via our YouTube pages on Sundays at 10.00am. See the Current Sunday Worship news page for more information.
- The Thursday Food Bank continues but with a new procedure for distribution to help maintain social distancing.
- The CAP (Christians against Poverty) is in operation.
- We have a WhatsApp self help group in operation, see below.
What's Not on:-
- The Church is not open at the moment except for Live Sunday services.This includes the normal Wednesday manned openings.
- All regular church groups and meetings have been cancelled in accordance with the requirement to maintain social distancing.
these include, ABC parents & children, Boathouse cafe, LadiesWhatLunch, Ladies Guild, Monday Craft Group, MenMeet and Girls Aloud.
- All Discipleship and Home groups meeting in various homes are cancelled.
* The WhatsApp self help group.
WhatsApp is a messaging app installed on a smartphone. It uses your mobile telephone number as a means of identification. Once setup you can quickly, easily and securely send a message to any other person who also uses WhatsApp. The app is free to download and using it costs nothing other than any data charges you may occur in using your phone.
A WhatsApp group is a grouping of WhatsApp users who are able to message within the group and all members share posted messages. Our new Group is called "St.Andrew. Self Help." Any message sent to the group will be forwarded to all the members of the group. It is hoped that members of the group will be able to respond to calls for help.
Benefits of the group to us as a church community include:
- If, as a result of Covid-19, you have to self-isolate you can call on other church members to support you. For example, if you need some shopping to be done or prescriptions collected these can be brought to your door.
- If you find yourself short of over the counter medicines like paracetamol others may have some to share.
- We can quickly keep people in touch with the latest developments in the church as the situation unfolds.
Important Note re. WhatsApp: Integral to WhatsApp is your mobile phone number. If any other member of the group does not have your number in their contact list, any message you send will display with your phone number. If you ask to belong to the group it will be deemed you have given approval for your phone number to be visible to others. If this is unacceptable please don't use the group.
Note that Darlington Council are also Running a telephone helpline on 01325 405000, See image below.