Under the current Government and Church of England Guidelines we are still able to meet indoors in the 6th form block at St Crispin's school on Sunday mornings at 10:30am. However under the guidelines, there will not be any children's activities. Services will be geared to accommodate children in the service with provision of activity sheets and services being shorter.
Meeting together is the best way we can encourage one another to keep going, and growing, in faith. So, no wonder the Lord warns us so clearly not to neglect meeting in these ways (Heb 10:23-25). We completely understand that concerns about health mean some in the church family will need to continue to stay away for now. The latest guidance from the Government places some significant limits on what we are to do. More information about what you can expect and what you need to do (including booking) if you’re planning to come along (click on the headings for more information).
If you would like to see what to expect on Sundays meeting in the 6th Form block when you arrive, please click here.
The restrictions on seating means there will now be a limit to how many can come along (c55 which leaves space for visitors who may not have booked in). So, like many other churches, we will now have to operate a booking system to keep a control on these numbers. If you would like to book in for any of our Sunday services, please click here.
Please Note: if you are on the rota, you still need to book your place
At the moment, whilst we are unable to do children’s work, our services will be aimed at all ages. They will last for approx. 45mins
With appropriate measures in place we can gather, pray, and read and hear God's word preached together, but sadly won’t be able to sing together. We will, however, have songs to listen to as part of our services (but no-one must sing along to them!). Our music group will be playing and singing for us.
Alcohol gel will be available at the door into the sixth form centre, and we will require everyone to use this to clean their hands on entry to and exit from the building.
Everyone will be required to wear a face covering while in the building. The only exemptions to this, in line with guidance from the Government and the Church of England, are for:
Children under the age of 11
Anyone who is unable to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability, or if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause them severe distress
Anyone who is travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
Eating and drinking (eg when we share the Lord’s Supper), or in order to take medication
Anyone who is speaking to someone who relies on lip reading, facial expressions and clear sound
Please bring your own face coverings. (Those leading, reading, leading prayers, and preaching will remove their masks to do these things)
Once inside the building we will social distance at 1 metre+ (since we will implement other measures such as face masks). This means we fit a few more people in church. In order to maximise seating capacity, you will be directed where to sit, and will need to remain in those seats until directed to leave.
We will take a register to assist with ‘track & trace’ in the event that anyone who has come to church tests positive with the virus. This information will be kept for 21 days before being destroyed.
If you have any of the symptoms of Covid-19 (high temperature, continuous cough, or loss of/change to senses of taste and smell), quite simply please don’t come to church. And please don’t come if you have had these symptoms in the previous 14 days, unless you have been tested for the virus and had a negative result.
The Government and the Church of England advise that, while anyone who wishes to attend is welcome to do so, those over the age of 70 and those who have previously been advised to shield are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household.
We completely understand that some will have good reason to remain at home for the time being, so we will continue to live stream the service
We are able to use the disabled toilet during our services on Sundays. The toilet will be cleaned carefully before our morning service. We encourage anyone who uses it to sanitize their hands before and after and to wipe down any surfaces that they touch whilst using it. If you can avoid using the toilet by going before you come, please do.
Children will be required to stay with their parents at all times and must also adhere to 1m+ social distancing while inside the building. Parents are encouraged, if necessary, to come with supplies of snacks, toys and books. If things are a little noisier than normal, we’ll manage. We’re a family, after all! We are hoping to start something in the way of groups soon, but want to make sure we are providing for those who attend and those who are watching online.
Obviously, we won’t be able serve refreshments after the services either. Instead, we’ll be asking people to leave the building straight away, but in an orderly fashion, as directed by the welcome team, in order to maintain distancing.
The building will be cleaned before the morning service so that it is safe for those joining us. We will need to recruit people to help with the cleaning, and will provide detailed instructions on what needs to be done
All the doors and windows will be will be opened before the service begins and will remain open for the duration of the service, in order to ensure maximum ventilation. This may mean it is a bit colder or breezier than some would prefer. Please dress accordingly.
We will not be using the church Bibles, in order to reduce the possibility of cross-contamination. So please bring your own Bible from home. The passages will be included in the service sheets which are emailed out before the service. There are hard copies available for visitors and those without easy access to email.
Welcome to Christ Church Wokingham. We are an evangelical Anglican church currently meeting in the 6th Form Block, at St Crispin's School, Wokingham. We welcome everyone whether they are used to attending church or not. We're not very good at tradition. Instead we focus on helping people to love God and others by exploring the wonderful, clear and relevant teaching of Jesus Christ and the book which is all about him: the Bible.
You're welcome to come along, get to know us and find out what the Christian faith is all about and we run a brilliant course called Christianity Explored to help you do just that. If you've been a Christian for a while, we have Life Groups which are more than just bible study and prayer groups. We hope they'll be your 'everyday church' where you get cared for and you can join with others in mission to local people.
Children and young people are a big part of our church and we have a full range of groups for them on Sunday mornings as well as a youth group with games, activities and a bible talk on Friday evenings and various groups for our older teenagers.
If you live in Wokingham, we'd love you to come and join us in our mission of introducing people in this town to the love and forgiveness of Jesus.
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We're starting a new course very soon. If you're interested in spending seven weeks in great company exploring the message of Mark's Gospel with plenty of time to ask all of your difficult questions, this is the course for you.