Dear Church family,
Just a few notes on updates for us with regards to keeping Covid-safe…
we are still looking to be kind and keep each other safe so please note the following.
There is no need to reserve a seat for Church services just come along but you will see some changes to our safety measures following consultation with our Covid Recovery Group and Gov UK and Methodist guidance:
Chairs will now be spaced 1m apart not 2m and grouped differently.
You may sit with other people from your household, bubble or support group.
If you prefer to still be safely spaced and isolated do use one of the laminated signs (ask a steward* for one) to keep the seat next to you from being used.
Face coverings must still be worn throughout the service and especially during singing.
There is still a one way system but barriers have been removed to be friendlier in appearance.
We are returning to the soft chairs as opposed to plastic but they will still be cleaned after each gathering.
Please continue to use hand gel before entering and leaving the building.
If refreshments are served they will be brought to you at a designated seat/area and prepared Covid safely.
Can we also remind folk:
Please do not hug or shake hands but wave enthusiastically and smile, we may not see the smile but it shows in your eyes!
Please do not come to Church if you have been ill or are showing any symptoms of Covid-19.
Please take up the vaccinations and boosters when they are offered, if you are able.
We are working very hard behind the scenes to reduce restrictions and return to some more of our church and community activities, especially more frequent worship. We have lots of consultations happening amongst office holders and also with our Covid Recovery Group here at Emmanuel Methodist Church. Please pray for us as we work together with best practice for the good of all.
We are still most importantly continuing to pray for each other and offer support and friendship to our Church family. Do not hesitate to contact your Pastoral Contact if you need any help and if you do not know who that is please contact one of our stewards who will alert the Minister Deacon Maria Howard.
Welcome to Emmanuel Methodist Church!
Do come along to any of our church services or community events where you will always find a warm welcome.
We aim to build a home at Emmanuel where everyone can truly feel valued and cared for, as we worship and journey together in life.
God bless you and hope to see you soon!
Basingstoke & Reading Circuit
WHO ARE WE?
We are every day folk of all ages and walks of life united through our shared Christian faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
As a local and gathered community we represent many nations and nationalities which adds to the richness and diversity of our congregation.
We want to be a church family where each person can find their true value and grow as disciples of our loving God.
We meet every Sunday on the Oxford Road at 11.00am and 4.00pm, but once a month we gather at 5.30pm for Cafe style worship, where food is shared and conversation happens. See our services page for more detailed information about what to expect.
We also gather at other times for prayer, Bible study, handicrafts, networking, DIY, film nights and social events, to name but a few!
"All are important ways of getting to know one another and our amazing God."