Gathering Safely

 

Making our in-person gatherings COVID-secure environments are our top priority.

We have a wonderful host team who work hard to ensure our  gatherings are both a special gathering space and safe. To help answer any questions you have please read our FAQs below.

As winter approaches we have updated some of our practices to help mitigate infection and have a range of FAQs below to help.

Winter 2021 Update

Covid 19 Symptoms or Positive Test

If you have Covid 19 symptoms or have tested positive for Covid 19 please follow isolation rules and give us a call if you need anything.

We ask that you abide by the government guidelines (https://gov.wales/self-isolation)  and stay home if you aren’t feeling well or have  tested positive. If you are at-risk, sick, or uncomfortable, please join our online on our youtube channel: www.youtube.com/parklandschurch. 

Close contact of positive case or case within household.

Welsh government requirements for isolation of close contacts has recently changed. (https://gov.wales/self-isolation)

From the 3rd December 2021, If someone in your household has symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus and you are fully vaccinated or aged 5 to 17 you should self-isolate and take a PCR test. If your test is negative you can stop isolating. You should remain vigilant for new symptoms, and try to avoid contact with vulnerable family and friends in the short-term (e.g. elderly relatives or those who are higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection).

Those who are no longer required to self-isolate, whether living with a COVID 19 positive individual or not, will also receive advice and guidance from TTP contact tracers about how to protect themselves and others as follows:

Try to minimise contact with others and avoid crowded settings, particularly indoor settings

Consider using lateral flow tests on a daily/ more regular basis for the time you would otherwise have been self-isolating

Do not visit vulnerable people such as those in care homes or hospitals.

Work from home if you are not already doing so

Inform your employer that you are a contact of a positive case of COVID-19.

Pay extra attention to thorough and regular hand washing and wearing a face covering

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms at any point, no matter how mild, regardless of your vaccine status and you are over age 5, you should immediately self-isolate and arrange a COVID-19 PCR test and self-isolate for 10 days if the test is positive.

Omicron contact (new variant)

If you are a close contact of someone who is confirmed or suspected to have the Omicron variant, you must self-isolate from the day you were last in contact with the person who tested positive and for the next 10 days, regardless of your vaccination status or age. Contact tracers will let you know if your contact is a confirmed or suspected case of the Omicron variant.

Unvaccinated adults

If you are aged 18 and over, and not fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate from the day you were last in contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 and for the next 10 days.

Whats this means in Parklands Church 

In light of the information provided by Welsh Government and in order to manage covid exposure, transmission and protect the most vulnerable members of our Church community, we require all staff and volunteers, who are identified as close contacts to inform your team leader/staff member at the earliest opportunity. A risk-based consultation, will take place to determine any additional control measures required. This could include, a temporary redeployment of staff and volunteers to roles, where the risk of transmission can be managed.

Positive Case: If you are in a household with a positive case, we would advise you to stay away from our larger gatherings and not undertake household visitation during the 10 day isolation period. If you do have to visit the site, we ask you to take a lateral flow test prior to arrival.

If you are where a close contact to positive case (work colleague, sustained period of exposure etc), then again we would advise caution on attending our larger gatherings or speak to us for clarity regarding what settings would be good to attend.

FAQS

 

Do I have to book?

Yes, for in-person gatherings. Due to government guidelines and our risk assessment we have a limited capacity, so please book your place with us. Places will be booked on a first come first served basis.  Unfortunately, if you turn up to Church on the day without pre-booking, we may not have capacity for you.

Do I have to wear a face mask at an in-person gathering?

 Yes. it is currently a government requirement for everyone over the age of 12 to wear a face covering inside public spaces. If you are medically exempt please where your lanyard as a way of explanation.

Lateral Flow Tests

Lateral Flow tests are a great mitigation to stop infection and therefore we encourage you to take a lateral flow prior to Church.

For those serving on team we recognise our team will be undertake activities that involve close contact or the removal of masks. Therefore we ask all those serving on team to take Lateral Flow tests within 24 hours of serving at Church. This is an important step in our risk management, especially for our worship group and kids team. 

Can I sing at an in-person hub?

Yes, with our measures in place you may sing during worship, however masks must be worn.

Can someone pray with me?

A time of prayer, inviting God to minister to us, will be led by the service leaders. If you want additional prayer at the end, please speak to. team member, and we will do our best to pray with you. Due to the nature of praying, social distancing cannot be maintained, therefore if you feel uncomfortable, please let the person know and either pray outside, or we can arrange something in the week. If you are in need of some one-to-one pastoral support please contact us at https://www.parklandschurch.org.uk/contact/.  At our in-person gatherings, our leaders would be happy to pray with you about anything.

 Where do I sit?

We don’t have allocated seats, so please do sit wherever you would like. Our current reduced capacity is at 60% of normal capacity, and therefore social distancing cannot be guaranteed. However we will monitor air quality to ensure good ventilation.  Please note that doors may well be open to allow us sufficient airflow.

Please do not move any chairs in the building, they have been carefully placed to allow us to manage numbers and movement.

 Can I book in by myself?

Of course, you are more than welcome to attend an in-person hub, or an online hub by yourself – we would love to have you!

Can I book in a group of people for an in-person hub?

Yes, we only need one person to book for the group. However, please ensure those you come with are either members of your household or your bubble. If they are not, they will need to make a separate booking and will have to sit with social distancing.

 How many people will be at an in-person Gathering?

The current capacity for the building (main hall) is 120 maximum capacity including kids for a Sunday morning gathering. Number may be lower depending on the type of event, such as funerals, and events including food.

Will you provide hand sanitiser at an in-person gathering?

Yes, there will be sanitisation stations throughout the building, and you will be asked to sanitise on entry to the building.

Refreshments 

We are currently offering refreshments at our Sunday morning gatherings. This is currently being managed with a one way system through the buildings. This system allows you to connect safely outside or enter back into the building if desired. Please be aware we are constantly monitoring this system and may change and stop serving dependant on team and current guidelines.

Toilet Facilities 

You may use the toilet, please be aware of  other users, sanitise upon entry and follow one way system in the corridor.

Wheelchair Access

Parklands welcome all to visit the site and has easy access for wheelchairs. Upon entry, one of the hosts will create adequate space for you.

Will I have to self isolate if someone attending tests positive for Covid at an in-person gathering?

We are doing everything we can to minimise the risk of transmission. However, if someone tests positive within ten days of attending the gathering, contact tracing may request details and we will alert you if you have been in close contact with an infected person/s and you will need to follow the current government isolation guidelines.

 What if I have further questions that I’d like to ask?

Please get in touch with a member of the team or email [email protected]