COVID-19

Please read carefully before attending St Mark's

Last updated: 19th September 2020

Sunday Services

If you, anyone you are living with, or anyone within your social bubble has experienced symptoms similar to COVID-19, please do not attend St Mark's for any reason for at least 14 days. If you develop symptoms within 7 days of attending St Mark's, please contact us as soon as you can.

Limited Space
We may not be able to accommodate our usual congregation size, so please email the Secretary to book your place each week - this will enable us to comply with the NHS Test and Trace. If you would prefer not to attend in person for any reason, you can join the service live online by visiting our YouTube channel, or clicking the link on the homepage.

Arriving and Leaving
Please wait outside the front of the building until you are invited to enter. While waiting, please follow our social distancing guidelines, and leave room by the door for the worship team to exit/enter safely. At the end of the service, you'll be directed to leave via the fire exit next to the sanctuary: please move away from the door swiftly to ensure others can leave and comply with the Rule of 6!

Social Distancing
To ensure the safety of the congregation and all those who make our services possible, we politely request that, when in or near the church, you remain 2 metres away from anybody outside of your household or social bubble.

Cleaning
We keep a log of all activity inside the church building to ensure any surfaces or objects that could be touched by anybody in the church are cleaned thoroughly and regularly. We generally leave 72 hours between events in the church. Additionally, we have temporarily suspended the use of the air-blown hand dryers in our toilets, replacing these with paper towels.

We provide antiviral hand sanitiser for your use when you arrive, but would remind you that washing your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before attending and after returning home is strongly advised.

While Inside
You'll be directed to a suitable seat when you are invited in. Please remain seated whenever possible, and do not turn around in your seat. Please wear a mask at all times both inside and when waiting outside the church building. You may remove your mask to take communion, and worship leaders will remove their masks only when they are actively leading worship.

Communion
While we cannot share communion in the normal way, you are welcome to bring your own bread and wine (or non-alcoholic alternative) with you in a sealed container. Please ensure you take your container away with you when you leave. We will post updates noting when communion will be held prior to the services.

Sharing the Peace
Our normal sharing of the peace is suspended until further notice.

Sung Worship
Unfortunately, singing and the playing of certain instruments is not currently permitted. We may play recorded music during services, but politely ask you do not sing along to this.

Collections
A plate will be available to leave donations in as you leave the church. Alternatively, ask a member of the worship team to donate using contactless card payment, or donate online.

Not Attending?
If you're unable to attend St Mark's for any reason, we continue to stream our services online so you can join remotely. You can join the stream by visiting our YouTube channel, or clicking the link on the homepage. All of our previously-streamed services are available on our Services page.

Prayer Zoom

Rob has embraced Zoom to run prayer sessions from 12.00 midday on Monday, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays. It will be good to be able to see each other! If you would also like to take part but are not part of the congregation, please message us and the details will be provided. On Wednesday, the church is open in the morning at 9:00 am for private prayer.

Events at St Mark's

We usually host a number of events throughout the week either at St Mark's, or organised by our members. In line with current government and church advice, these have been suspended until further notice.

Bordon Food Bank

The Bordon Food Bank, continues to be available to those in need, open from the back of the Forest Centre, opposite the church at the following times. They are also operating a clothes bank on 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month.

Tues 1.00 -3.30 pm

Weds 10.00 - 4.00 pm

Sat 10.00 - 12.30 pm

These times may be subject to change. Do check out their facebook page for the most up to date information or ring Heather on 079665 22911.

Harvest Service 4th October 2020

As usual we are collecting for the Food Bank. The items that they have specifically requested are as follows:

Biscuits

Cereals

Tinned fish and meat

Puddings

Soups

Tinned veg

Spaghetti hoops

Toiletries

We can accept items in church at services or at the vicarage.

St Mark's Gift Day

This Harvest, as well as collecting for the Food Bank we are holding a St Mark’s Gift Day. This is to encourage people to think and pray about St Mark’s future. We have been very fortunate in the faithful giving from the church members during Covid, which has largely enabled us to meet our financial commitments and for our families workers to continue to offer help to those most in need in our community. Do join us for Zoom Prayer in the week leading up to Harvest to pray about what God is leading us to do. There is no ‘one size fits all’ answer in these uncertain economic times and everyone’s situation is different. Do look out for the Zoom link!