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Roadmap Out of Lockdown: What Step 3 Means for Churches

What do the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in Step 3 mean for church ministry?


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Step 3 of the Government’s Roadmap Out of Lockdown from 17 May sees a change in tone in relation to the guidance for places of worship in England. While churches (along with wider society) are still being urged to exercise caution with regards to indoor interaction, the emphasis is now switching from laws and guidance to personal responsibility.

That said, there are still mitigations churches need to consider in holding worship services and events at church. FIEC National Director John Stevens shares how the changes in Step 3 will impact church ministry.

00:00 - Introduction and overview.

07:40 - Meeting indoors.

11:33 - Meeting outdoors.

14:27 - Weddings and funerals

15:33 - Venue issues for churches

18:26 - Conclusion

23:39 - Q&A

  • Can we serve tea or coffee after a service?
  • Do you think people will be able to sing behind face masks in church?
  • Does the guidance suggest people should sit whilst someone is singing at the front?
  • Can we meet as a staff team in a cafe?
  • How do the groups of 30 outdoors work?
  • Do you have to wear masks when singing outdoors?
  • What are good mitigations for moving from 2m to 1m+?
  • Do social distancing and face masks relate to children's work too?
  • Why can an amateur choir sing at a rehearsal in our church building but a congregation can't?

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