Please read carefully before attending St Mark's
Last updated: 26th July 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.
As we begin to open back up for services, we won't initially be able to accommodate our usual congregation size, so space will be limited. 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.
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. 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 while moving about the church (including entering and leaving), although you may take it off while seated if you are more comfortable.
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. The service 26th of July include the opportunity for you to join in communion in this manner, and more dates will be added in future. The service on the 2nd August will not include communion.
Sharing the Peace
Our normal sharing of the peace is suspended until further notice.
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.
A plate will be available to leave donations in as you enter 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, Wednesday 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 Thursdays, the church is open in the afternoons between 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm 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.
Tues 1.00 -3.30 pm
Weds 10.00 - 1.00 pm
Thurs 11.00 - 3.00 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.