Opening for Meeting for Worship Guidance Document Colchester Quakers
This document has been created by Colchester Quakers Covid Task and Finish Group and is in keeping with current government and BYM guidance. Please assist us by reading and following the guidance below, any questions or to be on the door keeping rota please contact Jane Herd firstname.lastname@example.org or 07800970049.
Attending the Meeting
If you want access to water/drinks, Quaker Faith and Practice, Advices and Queries and or a Bible please bring these with you.
Those attending the meeting are asked to arrive no earlier than 10.15 and not to congregate outside and go straight in via the front door. Wheelchair access will be by the side door as usual.
If there is any queue to enter Friends to keep to two metres distance
There will be a Door Keeper standing in front of the front door, they will welcome you and take your name and telephone number which is kept for 21 days. If you do get ill, please let us know at email@example.com
People are to use hand sanitiser to thoroughly disinfect their hands before going into the Meeting. There will be four sanitisers placed in the lobby.
The Door Keeper will direct people straight to the main Meeting Room.
There is to be NO SOCIALISING or CHATTING in the lobby and no physical greeting, social distancing of 2m’s must always be respected
Coats, etc must be taken into the room by each individual as they will not be able to go back out to collect them. Umbrellas may go in the stand as usual but must be collected by going around the one-
At 10.30 a Door Keeper will shut the front door, and remain in the lobby to manage any late entries or unexpected guests
There will be a Door Keeper sitting in the corner by the door of The Meeting Room who will ensure people are safely seated.
Chairs have been rearranged to maintain social distancing.
As people go into the room in use they will be advised by the Door Keeper to take the furthest away chair or bench unless a person needs a particular type of seating in this case they are directed to take the furthest away available of these. If needed, there will be 6 additional chairs set out in the corridor outside the Meeting Room.
Friends are asked not to chat in the Meeting Room prior to 10.30 to allow Friends to settle into the meeting
Meeting will start at 10.30 as usual but due to social distancing there will not be an elders’ bench but there may be more elders elsewhere in the Meeting Room
Meeting will be undertaken as usual and Elders will conclude the meeting, we will not shake hands and people can use the alternative of their choice
News of friends and notices will then be given
Friends can chat in the garden at a 2m distance after the meeting. There will be no coffee, but Friends are welcome to bring their own drink with them.
People will leave via the double doors at the back and exit via the garden gate. The people nearest the doors will leave first and those behind them gradually peel out, the Meeting Room Door Keeper will co-
If possible, Friends will be asked not to use the Meeting House toilet. If this is not possible please ensure that that social distancing is always maintained.
If using the toilet, please follow government guidance re handwashing. Soap solution and paper towels are provided.