Please read carefully before attending St Mark's
Last updated: 18th October 2020
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.
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 tapping the link on the homepage.
We will be making additional space available inside the church for the service on the 25th October 2020, but we kindly ask you still email the Secretary or tap the link on the homepage to book your place. This additional space will allow us to fit more seats while still observing social distancing guidelines, and everyone will have good view of the service. As always, the service will be streamed on our YouTube channel.
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! There are NHS Test and Trace QR codes at the entrance and exit: we strongly recommend downloading the app and scanning this (you only need to scan a code once per visit).
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.
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.
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.
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. Some services may include a contactless version of the peace.
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. You are welcome to clap along.
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.
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.
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.