GATEWAY REOPENING

Latest Update – Monday 19th August, 2021

Dear Gateway family,

It’s official, we have entered the final stage of lockdown. This evokes different responses in different people, but regardless; here we are. I Thessalonians chapter 5 gives us wise instruction for times like these.

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I pray that despite all the uncertainty that surrounds us, you remain steadfast in Him.

From today, all legal restrictions on social contact have been removed. ‘Personal responsibility’, is how we will move forward as a society.

Hopefully this will be enough to keep us from future lockdowns. Please, please be keeping our nation, decision makers, essential workers, our young and our old in your prayers during this critical time.

Practically, this means that the legal requirements to cover your face inside, and to ‘socially distance’ have now been lifted. The government does recommend that you continue to wear a face covering and maintain space to reduce your risk, and the risk to others; when you come into contact with people in enclosed and crowded spaces. (Particularly if you are clinically vulnerable or net yet fully vaccinated.) Gateway leaves this to your discretion. We simply ask that you respect and support the decisions of others.

As a result, Gateway has made the decision to implement the following during the month of August to ensure everyone’s continued mental and physical well-being-

  • We will no longer require you to pre-book a space to attend the Sunday morning service. There is, however; an NHS QR Code, that we recommend you scan as you enter.

(Please note that the children’s classes will continue to need to be booked in advance as spaces remain limited due to team shortages.)

  • We ask that as you enter the Bethel campus, you make your way straight to the auditorium, as it is important that we do not create a congestion zone at the entrance/exit points.
  • We will continue to keep every other row in the auditorium closed to maximise space.
  • We will continue to exit the Bethel Campus immediately following the service through the multiple fire-exits.
  • We will provide two ‘Super Safe’ sections – on the far right and far left, of the platform. These two sections will continue to follow the social distancing precautions that we were implementing previously (mask wearing, and space between households or groups of six).

We recommend that the elderly and those that are considered vulnerable sit in these areas. We would also like to invite anyone who would feel more comfortable by continuing to follow these precautions make use of these sections.

We do ask that everyone seated in these sections, remain in your face coverings even while you are seated, and be conscious that you do not encroach upon the space of others.

  1. At this time, the tea and coffee service will remain closed.
  2. Masks remain welcome to be worn everywhere, but they are not compulsory.

We rejoice that we are able to continue on the road back to freedom and normality. We thank God for the success the government and NHS have seen in breaking the link between the virus and deaths. But, we recognise that we are not done ‘Going the Extra Mile’ when it comes to loving and caring for one another as we continue forward as a nation.

How can we practically ‘Go the Extra Mile’ right now?

  • By watching one another’s cues, and respecting the desire of others during this time.
  • By respecting those who are wearing the ‘please give me space’ lanyards and keeping your distance.
  • By checking, before hugging. An elbow bump or an air kiss expresses the exact same love and care.
  • By honouring the decision of those sitting in the ‘super safe’ sections.
  • By respecting the decision of those who are not.

At this critical juncture, let’s unite together to do whatever it takes to make sure those who need ministry can receive it through our church family. Let’s work together to create a natural and spiritual atmosphere that feels (and is) safe. And let’s not allow our upcoming gatherings to be about masks! They are about being a family, worshiping together, and loving extravagantly. Let’s do this thing!

United together in Him, Jon and Angela

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New 'in Person' Meeting guidelines - ‘Going the Extra Mile’

By attending any in person meeting you are confirming that neither you nor any of your household have not been asked to self-isolate. 

  • For any meetings at either Bethel Convention Centre or at the Gateway Campus there will be an NHS QR code displayed. It is recommended that you scan this as you enter. 
  • The legal requirements to cover your face inside, and to ‘socially distance’ have now been lifted. The government does recommend that you continue to wear a face covering and maintain space when you come into contact with people in enclosed and crowded spaces. (Particularly if you are clinically vulnerable or net yet fully vaccinated.)
  • We simply ask that you respect and support the decisions of others and note that for the month of August the social distancing areas designated inside the building. Please make your way straight to the auditorium or meeting room as it is important that we do not create any congestion zones particularly at the entrance/exit points. 
  • At Bethel, there will be two ‘Super Safe’ sections – on the far right and far left, of the platform. These two sections will continue to follow the social distancing precautions that were being implemented previously (mask wearing, and space between households or groups of six).
  • We recommend that the elderly and those that are considered vulnerable sit in these areas. We would also like to invite anyone who would feel more comfortable by continuing to follow these precautions make use of these sections.
  • We do ask that everyone seated in these sections, remain in your face coverings even while you are seated.

Gateway, please join us as we unite together to do whatever it takes to make sure those who need ministry can receive it through our church family, working together to create a natural and spiritual atmosphere that feels (and is) safe.

 

Thank you

 

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