Reingard and The Board of Trustees would like to share the following information with you now that we are able to once again celebrate The Act of Consecration of Man together in our church.
We contemplate a new way of approaching many areas of our lives as well as a ‘spiritual procedure’ which will enhance the ‘physical protocol’, and also bring new awareness to our being in the church.
The night before, decide if you will be attending the service the next morning and what intention you will be bringing into it; maybe also, whom you are ‘inviting’ to come with you (someone who is ill, needing attention, has died; grateful for, love)
Arrive at the church in good time. Be seated before 10am. Tune into inner silence.
The service begins punctually at 10:00.
For the next few weeks, the service will begin with the sermon for ca 20min.
The Gospel text and contemplation will continue to be sent out on Saturday to support your preparation.
We will send out a song sheet for ‘You are the bread of life’ – see below. If you prepare at home, then it can be possible that we hum the song after the silent censing…
There can be no individual Communion passed out for the time being.
When the candles have been snuffed, please respect the space and others by holding the silence and not speaking in the chapel. When you are ready, leave being mindful of the distancing protocol.
Purpose – Context – Physical Protocol
Following months of lockdown, the government has announced that “places of worship” may re-open in June subject to certain conditions. We are aware of our responsibility to protect our community, their families, as well as the general public from the spread of the virus. We also acknowledge the presence of many elderly folk, and others in our congregation who are particularly vulnerable to the effects of the virus due to medical conditions and hence need careful consideration and special protection. We are also aware of the fact that some friends and members may choose to remain at home with a clear conscience due to the risk inherent in meeting together.
• If you or your family are regarded as in high-risk categories, please carefully make your decision on whether or not to attend. • If you are not feeling well, and specifically, if you have any typical COVID-19 symptoms, please stay at home until you have recovered. • Please note there will be no refreshments served and the kitchen is closed. If you think you will need a drink please bring your own bottled water.
Government has released the following rules that must be applied to our church services:
• There may be no more than 50 people per service, so to comply, the chairs in the church have been limited to 50 and spaces in between increased. • Worship services must be limited to a maximum of two hours. • Everyone attending a place of worship will have to wear a face mask.
• All religious organisations must put protocols in place to, among other things, thoroughly clean and sanitise places of worship before services. • Places of worship have to introduce physical distancing rules. • Under ordinary circumstances, where everyone wears a mask, congregants will be required to stay at least 1.5 meters away from one another. • Congregations are banned from singing hymns, but may have solo performances only. • All religious practices which place people at risk should be avoided, therefore there will be no individual holy communion.
• We plan to comply with these directives, as well as to ensure that we do everything reasonably practicable to protect the health of our congregation. • Ensure that people can enter and exit without congestion or excessive crowding. • Compile and keep a register of all service attendees with details such as names, (addresses and telephone numbers). • Plan and conduct the service so as to minimise risk and exposure. • Communicate regularly on any changes, or other important information regarding our services.
• Please observe the following procedures: wash your hands before arriving and sanitise your hands on entering the church. • Report to the register desk to provide your details on entry. • Wear your mask as you enter the premises and keep your mask on at all times. • Observe social distancing and avoid touching anyone through handshakes or hugging. • The preparation of the church has included thorough cleaning of all spaces. Doors, windows, handles, chairs and cushions have been washed and/or sanitised. Even the pianos have been cleaned.