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Dear all
I am sure like me you are anxious to see everyone and get back to church, however, recent announcements in the media have unrealistically raised our hopes to say the least.
While I would like us all to be back together again, I want to do so in a way that prioritises everyone’s health and safety. 
Clergy and churchwardens in the London Diocese have been sent a letter containing clear directions to be followed when considering whether their church might be opened for private prayer. There is no discussion as yet about holding a public service. 
The PCC has looked in detail at the requirements listed in the diocesan letter and, after a full discussion of all that would be needed to be put in place to make it safe for us to re-enter the church building again, it was agreed that at the present moment it would not be safe to do so. 
We took this decision after discussing and considering those who are most vulnerable in our community plus other factors such as:
-         the need to deep clean the building each time it is opened by ensuring all surfaces and door fixtures, light switches etc. are frequently sanitised in line with Public Health England guidelines, and Historic England guidance for cleaning of historic and delicate surfaces
 
-         not sharing Bibles, prayer books etc
 
-         removing holy water from stoups, all candles and matches/lighters
-         having sufficient people on hand to make sure those who entered the building keep to the appropriate distancing requirements
-         having separate in- and-out entrances and exits
-         keeping a register of all those entering and leaving the building who sign in with their own pens
-         ensuring there are required sanitizer washing facilities at the doors for all those entering
-         ensuring each person will bring their own books, order of service and take
them home with them
 
-         closing toilets
 
There are several more requirements we had to take into account.
The PCC agreed that we will continue to monitor the situation and plan for the future but, in the light of all these requirements, not to re-open the church until, at the earliest, the beginning of September if Covid 19 infection figures show it is safe to do so. 
I know this will be a disappointment to us all, but we must keep each other safe. 
We are doing everything to we can to keep in touch with you and to reach out to the community in Golders Green by sending a weekly newsletter that includes the names and numbers of those who can volunteer to collect shopping, prescriptions etc; ringing up to make sure all is well and putting people in touch with each other; holding weekly prayer sessions and Sunday meditations on zoom, providing information to those who are not on social media of times of Services and moments of prayer on the Radio and TV and on the phone.
If you would like to comment on any of this please do by contacting: Rex rex@gg-pc.co.uk
 
Love Rex
 
 
 
 

Rex Morton, 28/05/2020
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Key information about the church:-

When and where does the church meet?
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Is there a dress code?
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I have more questions, how can I get in touch and ask them?

 
When and where does the church meet?
The church meets every Sunday at 10.00am. It helps to get there 10 minutes early and be seated in time for the service to start. We meet at Golders Green Parish Church, our address is West Heath Drive, Golders Green, London, NW11 7QG. 

What to expect when I visit the church?
You can expect a warm welcome, great worship, an impacting preach and a friendly group of people gathering to learn more about God. Also FREE tea, coffee and biscuits!

Is there a dress code?
No, just wear something comfortable!

Will I be made to feel uncomfortable?
 We want you to feel at home and enjoy the service. Do join us for a hot drink and biscuits after the service to get to know some people from the church.

I have more questions, how can I get in touch and ask them?
Please feel free to call 020 8455 1873 or email the church office with any questions you have and we will be happy to help you.