In-person Service

Here are the latest details for our in-person church service.

Hi Church, it's Pastor Luke👋


We are excited to announce that we are planning to join Together Again as ONE church family from Sunday 15th August 2021.

You will need to sign up to attend our Sunday and Wednesday services using the form at the bottom of this page.


As we reopen things are going to look and feel different from what we are used to. In order to keep everyone safe, we are doing everything we can to align with the guidelines set out by the Welsh Government and public health Wales. This includes a full risk assessment being carried out, preparing areas for proper social distancing and cleaning areas before and after use. As the number of COVID-19 cases decrease we’ll see additional allowance for more of us to worship together and the opportunity to reopen other ministries. Remember, these changes are temporary!

All attendees, volunteers, and leaders, are encouraged to use their discretion as to whether they will attend in-person opportunities.


For the safety of all those attending our in-person services at Gateway, the following people should NOT attend:


  • Those who feel ill, have a fever, or show any symptoms of COVID-19 (click here to view symptoms list from the Welsh Government).
  • Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have not been cleared by a doctor.
  • Those who live with or have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last two weeks.


Below are all the details you need to know and what you can expect at our in-person services.

Service Times

Gateway Church Cymru will have 1 Sunday service options and 1 Prayer Meeting option. Services will be approximately 1 hour in length (less exposure to each other). Here is our new Sunday service time:


  • 10:30am


Doors will be opened for the service 30 minutes prior to the service starting.


Here is our new Wednesday Prayer Meeting time:


  • 7:00pm


Doors will be opened for the service 30 minutes prior to the service starting.


Please sign up for the service by completing the form at the bottom of this page.

F.A.Q

ENTERING THE BUILDING

As you enter the building, you'll receive a smile and wave instead of a handshake by our welcome team.


Upon arrival you will be asked by a member of the welcome team to answer some questions about COVID-19 symptoms for track and trace purposes.


In order to help you feel safe, we're removing all of the normal stuff you may be used to touching: no newsletters, connect cards, iPads, etc. and replacing them with hand-sanitising stations.

Will there be sInging?

YES! However, following the advice given by the Welsh Government and public health Wales, face coverings will have to stay on when signing.

Do I have to sign up?

YES! Due to Track and Trace, we need individuals, couples and families to sign up for the service. You can sign up by completing the form at the bottom of this page.

Are we following social distancing guidelines?

The main sanctuary and minor hall have been reworked to insure reasonable social distancing. As you make your way to the welcome area, a welcome team member will seat you at a location appropriately distanced from others. Dismissal will be done row by row by Pastor Luke at the end of the service. If you would like to chat and socialise with one another, we ask that you would please do so outside the church premises where you can assure a safe distance.

Do I have to wear a mask?

YES! Due to the new information from the Welsh Government on Friday 11th September 2020, as of Sunday13th September 2020 onwards, it will be the church policy following the Welsh Government guidelines that all who attend Gateway Church Cymru will be required to keep their face covering on throughout their attendance in the building. This does not apply to those who are exempt by Government guidelines. 

Are things kept sanitary?

Exterior doors will be opened for you by greeters with face coverings. All interior doors will be propped open to avoid touching surfaces. Hand sanitisers will be available in the welcome area.  


Cleaning teams will wipe down surfaces to disinfect before and after services with the appropriate disinfecting agents.  


Toilets will only be available for emergencies.


No handbags, coats, or any items to be placed on chairs not occupied.

Are things going to look different?

For a while, yes. Here's a breakdown of what to expect:


Tithes and Offerings

Firstly, we would like to take this opportunity as a church oversight to thank all those who have set up online giving over these last few months. We’d also like to thank all those who have set their gift aside ready to give when we come back to together. 


With regards to giving as we move forward, we would continue to encourage everyone to use online banking if you are able to. This helps to reduce the risk for all involved in sorting out the offerings. Please get in touch with us here for the details on how to set this up.


If you are unable to/prefer not to give via online banking, the offering plates will be placed near the exit at the end of the service.


Communion

Communion is a vital aspect of our services. However, due to the risk, we will be unable to provide communion as a church. Therefore, we are asking everyone to please bring their own bread and juice so that we can celebrate together what Jesus has done for us.


Newsletter & Connect Cards

No paper newsletter or connect cards will be distributed. First time attendees will be able to go to the welcome area where the person at the desk will take their information and share about our church and how to get connected. Prayer requests can be given to us in-person, or here on our website.


What about my children?

We are excited to announce that Kids Zone Sunday school is back for all primary school children during our in-person service.


Kids Zone incorporates activities, crafts, bible stories and prayer and starts after children have joined the service for a time of family worship. There is also an area available for parents and children under the age of 3. Baby toys and a live link to the service is available.


All of our Kids Zone volunteers have been DBS checked and will be wearing a face covering for the duration of Kids Zone. We do ask that all children be accompanied by an adult for the service.

What about our other ministRies?

Coffee Morning 

This ministry will remain closed until further notice.


Young Adults

This ministry will remain closed until further notice.


The Alpha Course

This ministry will continue online only until further notice.


Special Events

These are discontinued until further notice (Family Days etc).

What does this mean for church online?

Church Online is here to stay! We are so thankful for the way that we’ve been able to minister to people and share the Good News of Jesus during this season using our website and our social media platforms. Our hearts desire as a church is to continue to develop our online ministry to complement our in-person ministry. Our prayer is that many more lives will be impacted by the gospel as we do this.

We look forward to seeing many of you soon. For those who are unable to make it in-person, please join us for Church Online at 5pm every Sunday. Know that we’re praying for you and looking forward to seeing you soon. If you have questions feel free to get in touch with us here.


Every blessing, 

Pastor Luke


Rules are subject to change in accordance with government guidelines.

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Please sign up for the service by completing the form at the bottom of this page. Please let us know as soon as possible if you cannot make. We greatly appreciate your understanding in this matter.