The lifting of Covid restrictions means that this weekend you do not need to book a seat, wear face masks or socially distance and we are delighted we can now sing corporately as part of our worship. However, we recognise some people may be more cautious with their approach to restrictions easing, so we want to ensure that our gatherings are a place where everyone can engage at a comfortable level:
Isolate – If you’re experiencing COVID symptoms or self-isolating please do not come along to an onsite gathering.
Extra space – You can choose to sit in a socially distanced seating section available at 10am Central service upstairs on the balcony. Hope North operates a ventilated service with more spread out seating.
Hand sanitiser – Everyone can use hand sanitiser when they arrive onsite to our service.
Masks – Face coverings are optional at our gatherings. We have noticed some still feel more comfortable wearing them throughout the service at this time.
Hope Online or Online church? An important part of church life is about being together in one place which is why gathering in-person is necessary. When Covid hit and we started Hope online last March we had no idea we’d be still doing it 18 months later. Neither did we realise so many people would connect with us across the UK and around the world. We are really grateful to God that it has been such a blessing and lifeline to so many in what have been challenging days.
However, Hope Online could never replace meeting together as church.
As we continue with our face to face gatherings we don’t want to lose sight of all God has been teaching us about connection and community through the pandemic and as our Hope Online Sunday Services finish. If you live locally and have never been to church before Covid we’d love to invite you to come and meet with us. If you don’t live locally we want to encourage you to find a good local church to connect with and if we can help you with this let us know.
We’re aware that some in the church will be unable to come back to face to face gatherings at the moment because of ongoing health challenges and life issues. Whilst Hope online ended, we will be continuing to produce online material to help people connect with us. We will be regularly releasing a variety of quality content focusing on worship songs, stories and preaching. We also want to continue to help those in our church this next season so we will be recording our Sunday morning preach and sending out the link to the video every week.
Thank you for joining us on this Hope Online journey and we look forward to seeing you in person. We have so much to thank God for over this season.