Coronavirus / COVID-19

Introduction:
We are now meeting back at the building for our main services, and where possible these will continue to be streamed online via our  YouTube Channel. Other meetings are being held at the building, or across streaming or video-conferencing services – please refer to the diary page for specifics. Please check back here periodically for updates, or our Facebook page – or request to join the Fellowship Group on Facebook (if you’re a regular). If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Update March 5th 2022

5th March, 2022

As of 28th February, the Welsh Government rules changed such that masks are no longer mandatory at the church; although if you wish to continue wearing one, you may do so. The area to the right, and upstairs in the main hall remain available for social distancing.

Update January 28th 2022

28th January, 2022

Including update 30/1/2022

With the changes announced by the WAG today we are looking to return to the level 0 seating arrangements.

This means socially distanced seating will be available on right hand side and upstairs, with other seating reverting back to non-distanced for those who are fully vaccinated and prepared to wear a mask (UPDATE:) or, those who have a negative lateral flow test result from within the last 24 hours.

Sunday School will also re-start this Sunday in the Mission Hall.

If possible, please continue to take a lateral flow test before attending services. Please stay home if you are showing symptoms. Please make use of the sanitiser gel on the way into church.

We will be continuing to review these arrangements and appreciate your continued  support at this time.

Update January 1st 2022

1st January, 2022

Firstly, we’d like to pass on our hope that you have a happy and blessed new year in 2022!

Secondly, we have some further additions to our December update (see below) that will apply to our services over the coming weeks (until further notice):

  • There will be no Sunday School during the morning service until further notice. Worksheets will be provided for Sunday School children to fill in – either in the pews with their parents or upstairs in the young peoples’ rooms (where the service may be watched on the television);
  • Refreshments after the evening service will cease;
  • We will revert to using the packaged communion bread and wine to avoid having to distribute them during the service in person (you may bring your own bread if you prefer);
  • The ladies’ meeting is likely to resume from the 11th on Zoom only as it won’t be possible to social-distance in their current meeting room.
  • This year’s “week of prayer” meetings will be on Zoom only.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Update December 23rd 2021

23rd December, 2021

The Welsh Government have issued new rules for public places to take effect from Sunday 26th December. Having reviewed them and sought advice, it just means we’ll be returning to socially distanced seating throughout the main hall from our Boxing-day morning service. We have plenty of space so this shouldn’t be a problem, and we’re glad we can still welcome people to the church! Seating will be allocating upon arrival (although it would be helpful if you can let us know in advance if you intend to be there or have particular needs – like not being able to use stairs, or need to be within the hearing loop). We’d recommend arriving a little earlier than normal to allow time for this.

Other rules remain in place as before, including wearing masks in the building and making use of the hand sanitizers. The Welsh Goverment advise taking lateral-flow tests before going out too. If you’re feeling unwell at all, we’d recommend staying home and watching the service online, and we’ll look forward to seeing you again soon!

If you have any questions, please send us a message and we’ll do our best to answer.

Update September 2021

14th September, 2021

We’re sorry for the lack of updates via the website. A lot of our pre-COVID activities have resumed at the church:

  • Sunday Services at 11am and 6pm, including tea and coffee after the evening service
  • Sunday School, and creche, during the morning service (typically going out during the 2nd hymn)
  • Busy Bees on Mondays
  • Ladies’ meeting on Tuesdays
  • Footsteps, Gladiators and TAG on Fridays

The Bible Study/Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays from 7:30pm will remain on Zoom at present (contact us for a link), due to maintenance issues with the Mission Hall.

Please note that as per Welsh Government guidelines, masks are required in the building, unless exempt.

The main seating area of the church can now be used without social distancing and without having to notify us about attendance.

However, we are aware that some are still trying to socially distance, and have kept an area of the main church reserved for this purpose (on the right, as you enter the building). As we need to know week-to-week how much to reserve, if you wish to make use of the “socially distanced” seating, please contact Lanny as before, or via our contact form.

Sunday services will continue to be streamed to YouTube for the timebeing.

Arrangements are subject to change. If you have any questions about the changing arrangements, please contact us as linked above.

August – interim update

8th August, 2021

Yesterday, the Welsh Government moved Wales into “level zero”, including updating guidelines for meeting indoors and social distancing: https://gov.wales/alert-level-0

The church officers hope to meet this week to discuss these changes, and the opportunities they give us. Further updates will be provided.

In the meantime, please continue to follow the guidance below, including SMS’ing Lanny with regards to attending our services next Sunday. You may also use our contact form.

Summer update

24th July, 2021

We’ve reached the school summer holidays and so there are fewer activities going on each week, as the children’s work, mens’ meeting and apprentices groups take a break until September.

It would be lovely to see you if you’re in the area and wish to visit; please just send us a message to let us know if you hope to come; how many of you there will be, morning, evening or both, and/or if you have any particular requirements (e.g. need to be downstairs, need space for a wheelchair, or need to be within the loop system; that kind of thing).

In terms of our services, please see the update below. The Welsh Government advice is expected to change again mid-August, but for now the social distancing arrangements and need to wear masks remain in place.

 

Update June 2021 – Summary

27th June, 2021

A lot of discussions have been held over the last few weeks, including at the Members meeting, which include a number of adjustments to our weekly activities. We’re glad we have this opportunity to worship together, including singing again, and that some of the childrens’ work can resume in-person. The following list is a summary of where things are – if you have particular questions, please contact us.

  • Main services: Sunday Evening services will resume at the church from 4th July.Reminder: Coordinating the service arrangements – and especially the seating – is non-trivial in a building like Ebenezer. It would be really helpful if you could let us know by each Friday evening if you intend to come or not. Please SMS Lanny including your name and number of attendees and if you have any particular requirements. If you don’t have his number, please use this contact form. Where possible, services will continue to be streamed on our YouTube channel. We do have an overflow available if space becomes short.
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  • Social distancing and covid-safe measures remain in place with some adjustments:
    • attendees are requested be arrive at scheduled times;
    • both doors at the front of the church should be used;
    • masks should be worn;
    • officers will check temperatures, and request the use of hand sanitizer;
    • check-in via the NHS app should be done where possible (otherwise provide details on the track and trace forms);
    • seating is socially distanced;
    • songs will be played on the screens; quiet singing behind masks is permitted;
    • an “overflow” in the mission hall is also available to watch the service;
    • Sunday school has resumed for younger children during the service;
    • Creche rooms are available, but we ask parents look after their own children at present.
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  • Over the summer holiday period, the bible study aspect of our mid week meeting will take place along with the prayer time on Zoom from 7:30pm, using “Group 1” (contact us for a link if you don’t have one).
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  • Footsteps and Gladiators have resumed meeting at he church on a Friday evening; TAG will continue to meet outdoors or on Zoom – please keep an eye on the parents’ group for details.

Update June 2021 – future opportunities

9th June, 2021

We’re sorry it’s been a while since our last update. A lot of discussions have been going on over the last few weeks now that the COVID-19 alert level in Wales has been reduced. This is in order to work out how best to apply the guidelines in the ongoing life of our church. This includes thinking through which meetings can resume (and how, practically), and where differences it may make in our worship services.

The church officers have met a number of times to discuss the positive steps we can take. A roadmap of plans will be presented to the church shortly – firstly at the Members’ AGM on the 14th, and then amongst the wider congregation, and on this site.

Please continue to pray for one another and the work of the church at this time. The midweek meetings are an excellent opportunity for this – details may be found on our diary page.

Welsh Government guidelines update May 2021

16th May, 2021

The guidelines issued by the Welsh Government regarding the reopening of churches may be found here: https://gov.wales/guidance-reopening-places-worship-coronavirus-html.

They were last updated on the 14th of May. Broardly speaking, the restrictions we face in terms of singing and social distancing remain unchanged for level 3 as for level 4, but they contain a number of clarifications and other details.

The church officers are reviewing what may be possible to undertake activity-wise in the light of forthcoming proposed changes to the law from the 17th May, but details are TBC and announcements will be made in due course once risk assessments have been undertaken.

Diary

Our weekly activities are running a little different to normal.

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YouTube

Since March 2020, we have been streaming our Sunday services on YouTube. Watch live or re-watch from the archive.

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