Covid-19 InformationWimborne Elim
Thank you for visiting our Covid-19 information page. You can find all our latest updates within the tabs below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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Your safety is our priority and we are working with an ongoing Risk Assessment to ensure that everyone who comes into our building feels safe and secure.
Please see the attached Risk Assessment in place here at Wimborne Elim ChurchWimborne Elim Risk Assessment
Elim HQ - Covid-19
The guildelines from Elim HQ are as follows:
- Church facilities can reopen for public worship services. There is no set limit on numbers, but the venue capacity is subject to appropriate physical distancing.
- Services can be a Sunday service, a prayer or bible study meeting, led by the church minister or leader.
- Small groups of professional or non-professional singers are able to sing in front of worshippers both outdoors and indoors from 15 August. Singing in groups should be limited to a small, set group of people and should not include audience participation.
- Activities such as singing, chanting, shouting and/or playing of instruments that are blown into should be specifically avoided by congregations/worshippers
- Social interaction should be restricted before, during and after the service in the same way as everywhere else in society, following the new government guidance.
- The classification of places of worship includes buildings, land owned by the church and venues hired for the purpose of worship services.
- Weddings can take place with a maximum of 30 people present (this includes all people involved in the ceremony). From Monday 28 September, the maximum number permitted to attend weddings will reduce to a maximum of 15 people.
- Baptisms The rules relating to full immersion baptism have recently been relaxed so that in England these can now take place subject to specific guidelines. In particular the advice is against ‘cradling’ the baptism candidate, and instead placing hands on their head to submerge them. As the Baptist Union notes in their guidance, if the person baptising the candidate is a member of their household the usual practice can be followed. This guidance also suggests other alternatives, such as affusion, where water is poured over the candidate. In Wales, unless the baptism is performed by a household member, self immersion is recommended. In Scotland baptisms are allowed to take place in accordance with the general places of worship guidelines. Baptisms should follow the guidance provided by each devolved government government. For example, on 21 August, the government in England released new guidance relating to full immersion baptism which sets out a number of rules for officiants and participants to follow when performing baptisms by immersion.
- Activities for children and young people, within, alongside and separate to main worship services can take place provided they operate in accordance with the guidance on out of school settings. The main recommended measure to limit the risk of infection is that children over the age of five should be in small fixed groups of no more than 15 people. See below for the guidelines provided by Limitless. Children Guideline
- Face masks are mandatory in England. There is an exemption for those who are leading the service and speaking from the front who do not have to wear a mask while doing so. This risk should be assessed and itemised on your risk assessment.
- Everyone should limit social contact as much as possible and minimise all interactions with those they do not live with.
- When travelling to, entering and inside places of worship, people should observe strict social distancing from anyone not in their household. This applies before, during and after your church service.
- If you are attending with other people, then the group you are attending with should not exceed more than 6 people.
- This group of 6 can be made up of people from outside your household, but strict social distancing must be maintained between members of different households at all times.
- Churches should maintain staff and visitor logs, and display an official NHS QR code poster (only for England and Wales) to help visitors use the NHS Test and Trace app.
We can assure you that we are staying up to date with the Government Guidelines at all times, in all that we do.
To view the guidelines, please click the link below:
Covid-19 Government Guidelines
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