All of our meetings have been cancelled until further notice. However, we are finally able to begin meeting at the chapel for our Sunday services which we are so excited about. We begin meeting on September 13th, but the meeting times have changed. Below, you will find all the relevant details if you wish to attend any of our Sunday meetings as well as the guidelines that must be followed.

Sunday Services

There will be two identical services in the morning to ensure that everyone can hear the same sermon.

The first service will begin at 9:30 am and the second will begin at 11:00 am. Each service will last roughly 45 minutes.

There will be no evening service, but instead, we will have a Zoom meeting to pray and to have an opportunity for discussion surrounding the morning’s sermon and to ask any questions. The link to this meeting will be sent out to all in advance.

In order to attend our Sunday services, you need to book your place preferably by emailing bookings@caerwentbaptist.com. If you do not have the ability to email, then feel free to call Pastor Gwydion on 07534953684.

When you email or call to book your place, please state the names of those who will be attending with you, if any, and which service you wish to attend. Also, please inform us of how many you will have in your ‘bubble’ so that we can know how many we need to group together. If you wish to cancel your booking, please let us know as soon as possible us by emailing again so that others can have the opportunity to attend. We apologise in advance if we are unable to give you a place at your desired service time.

You can only book for one service at a time and bookings can only be made between Monday-Friday. Please bring your own Bibles with you. The church Bibles have been removed due to the risk of surface transmission. Feel free to use any translation, but the official version of the church is the ESV (English Standard Version).

All services will continue to be live-streamed online for those who are unable to attend on Youtube which you can watch by clicking here and also on Facebook live which you can find by clicking here.

Safety Guidelines

Please make use of, and familiarise yourselves with, the following website links:

Guidance for reopening: 

https://gov.wales/guidance-reopening-places-worship-coronavirus-html#section-44815

Guidance for Face Coverings: 

https://gov.wales/face-coverings-frequently-asked-questions#section-43640

https://fiec.org.uk/resources/wearing-face-masks-at-church

Legal Duties: 

https://fiec.org.uk/resources/a-note-on-health-and-safety-legal-duties-for-churches

We have a risk assessment in place, a safety checklist to tick before each service, and also an action plan. If you wish to see any of these, please don’t hesitate to ask. Below is the information you need for when and how to attend our Sunday services. We have also listed a clear guideline for everyone who wishes to attend which must be followed carefully.

The following guidelines must be observed by all who attend our services. In the event that you purposely refuse to observe the guidelines, we must reluctantly inform you that you will be asked to leave the premises in order to protect the legal integrity of the church.

  1. Individuals considered to be of high-risk are discouraged from attending the services physically and are encouraged to observe them online for their own safety. For advice on whether you are considered ‘high’ or ‘moderate’ risk, please click this link and read the NHS advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/whos-at-higher-risk-from-coronavirus/
  2. Each individual is responsible for their own health risks and has the sole responsibility in determining whether they are considered ‘high risk’.
  3. Any individuals with COVID-19 symptoms must not attend the services until they have been tested and the results have proved to be negative.
  4. In the event that a person has been tested positive for COVID-19, he/she and their household must self-isolate for at least 10 days unless the symptoms remain, in which case they should be retested.
  5. There must be no shaking of hands or other physical contact between people/groups outside of their own family.
  6. All attendees must use the hand sanitiser provided before entry.
  7. All attendees must enter through the schoolroom door and keep to the one-way system at all times. If an attendee has to leave during the service, please do so safely by following the one-way system.
  8. Hand washing upon entry is advisable but if not practical, then hand sanitiser should be used.
  9. Each group must keep 2m apart at all times and refrain from singing, chanting or speaking loudly.
  10. Only one person or one group can use the toilet facilities at a time.
  11. We would discourage lengthy conversations between households indoors. 
  12. Attendees are advised to bring their own hand sanitiser to be used in the event that they have touched their face with their hands (please cover mouth and nose when sneezing, using tissues and disposing of them immediately).
  13. Children under the age of 11 are not required to wear a face mask. All other attendees are required to wear a face mask. Face masks should be made up of three layers as set out by the World Health Organisation but do not need to be medical-grade face masks. Face visors should not be used as a substitute but can be worn in addition to face masks.

 

The only people exempt from needing to wear a face mask are:

  1. Children under the age of 11 (Public Health England do not recommend face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons).
  2. People who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability.
  3. Where putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress.
  4. If you are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip-reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate.
  5. To avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others – including if it would negatively impact on your ability to exercise or participate in a strenuous activity.

The pastor and other public speakers or employees must observe all of the guidelines listed above with the exception of wearing a face mask whilst the service is being undertaken. The pastor, public speaker and employees can remove the face mask when speaking publicly but must keep the face mask on pre and post service. Please click the following link to read further about face masks at church: https://fiec.org.uk/resources/wearing-face-masks-at-church 

We are aware that some might feel that these guidelines are excessive, but as a church, we need to understand the nature of our legal duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act and the new COVID-specific laws and guidance. As disciples of Christ, our Almighty Saviour, we are committed to obeying our government and to prove ourselves to be faithful servants (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:11-17).

Thank you for your understanding and patience in reading this. Please pray for your safety and the safety of others—that the Lord would keep us and sustain us and grow his church—in the name of our mighty Saviour, Jesus Christ.