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Important information..

 

So from the 3rd October we're changing a few things at GCC.

 

3rd October 2021 - the need to book will no longer be required.  We'd love you just to turn up. Seating will be set out in rows, as it used to be, but there will be provision for people who wish to have a bit more space.

 

We will be asking people to use masks on 3rd October. Singing will happen beneath he mask. 

 

10th October - Live music will commence again, and we will be not be requiring masks to be used during the service. Seating provision will still be made for people who feel uncomfortable sitting next to others. you do not

In the interests of all, please do not attend if you show signs of Covid 19, but do let us know so we can pray for you!

Below is detailed information about our Sunday services, Creche and Sunday school.

Services on Sundays

We are now meeting just the once on Sundays.  This is at 11am for the service at Cookridge Village Hall.

During the first service, a creche and Sunday school will be available.  Details of this can be seen below.

You will be asked to sanitise your hands, weaing you mask will be optional, but we would ask you wear it to your seat.  Once there you may remove it. 

Currently, whilst the weather is good, we will ask you not to mingle inside, but go outside to meet and chat for a while, keeping social distancing. 


 

Creche (for the 11am service)

We are delighted to welcome children from 0 to 4 (up to reception age). During this pandemic we are going to need to do things a little bit differently and we want to ensure that you as parents and carers feel confident that your child is safe and happy!

 

Below is some information that is important to read. There are further details attached which provide a more comprehensive overview. Should you have any questions then please do feel free to contact tim.parkinson@gccleedsnorth.org.

Booking is no longer required.

For new children, we ask that in the first 3 weeks, parents will be asked to stay with their child.  For some children this might be their first experience of being left with another adult at church or anywhere or their first time being left at Creche.  We will be running 3 specific stay and play sessions in order to settle your children.  

 

Due to the age of the children, it will be hard for helpers to maintain social distancing, therefore as a church we realise that you might want to stay with your child during the session.

 

Helpers will ensure that they have washed and sanitised their hands before the session and will be responsible to cleaning and ensuring that they keep your child happy and safe during their time in creche.

 

As a church we are required to follow the guidance for ‘Early years’ settings.  This can be found by clicking here.

Creche will be taking place at Cookridge Village Hall. Please enter creche via main entrance, signing in from 10:45am.  

 

You will have to confirm you or your child are not experiencing Covid symptoms, and have not been asked to self isolate in the 10 days prior to the day.  One you have signed in and sanitised your hands, you will be able to take your child to creche by being directed down a corridor from the main hall to the room at the back of the village hall.  This will be a one way system, so please do not return to the main hall back up this corridor.

Please ensure that if your child is either potty training or no longer requires nappies that you take them to the toilet before leaving them in creche.  We will have use of both toilets and there should only be 1 family in each toilet facility at a time.  The toilet is on the corridor will only by used by Creche, and will be cleaned before people arrive. We suggest you use this on your way down the corridor to the creche room.

Please arrive with clean hands.   Babies and toddlers spend a lot of time with their hands in their mouths so we appreciate that hand sanitizer might not be suitable for your child.  Either washing with soapy water or a baby wipe will help minimise the risk. 

 

Please do not bring toys from home apart from one special toy which might help settle your child.  This will only be able to be used by your child.  In the scenario that they lose interest in the toy, it will be placed in a basket for any items that belong to your child.

 

When you do go back to the main hall to join the service,  we ask that you leave the creche room by exiting through the back door and then go back into the main hall via the main entrance. ​

We would ask that you return to collect your child promptly at the end of the service, and again leave using the one way system and do not return to the main hall. 

 

We are really looking to forward to welcoming you and having lots of fun together! 

Sunday School 

Sunday School for children aged from reception to year 6 (4-11) will be run from Cookridge Methodist Church, at the end of the road to Cookridge Village Hall from 10:35am until the end of the morning service (held at Cookridge Village Hall).

This information will help you know how to book your child into the Sunday School and also how we are going to keep you, your child and our helpers safe, and in line with current Covid requirements.

We ask that you drop your child/ren off at Cookridge Methodist church between 10:35 am and 10:50am. You will be met at the main entrance and asked to sign your child/ren in, confirming that you and your family have not been asked to self isolate, or that you have not developed any COVID symptoms.  

After sign in, they will be asked to hand sanitise and will then be taken by a leader to the room where Sunday school will take place.  

We ask that parents socially distance whilst dropping off, and that a mask is worn during sign in. Leaders will be wearing masks whilst helping children get to the room, but will remove them once the children are sat and ready. 

Collection:

If you have attended the morning service, we ask that you return to collect your child by the latest of 12:15pm.  Parents will not be allowed to go inside the building.  

 

Children are to be collected from the side of the building, (just to the side of the main entrance), and you will need to wait for your child to be brought out to you.

Leaders will bring  the children out one at a time.

Please send your child with a bible and their own stationary (pen, pencil, rubber) and it would be helpful if they have used the toilet before arriving at the Methodist Church. 

 

We are really praying that as we restart Sunday school, this will be a encouragement to you and your child.  We are taking measures  to keep them safe, and pray that we see you soon.

Risk assessments will be available on request if necessary.

For more information please contact pete.washburn@gccleedsnorth.org 

Zoom Sunday School

Zooms are no longer offered. However if your child or you are having to self isolate, we ask that you let us know and we will make special arrangements to help provide this service. 

Online Services

No live zoom services are now run on Sundays.  Services are recorded and will uploaded to the website later in the Sunday afternoon.

We look forward to seeing you.

GCC Family.