Message from the Andrews
Since the Government have moved to step 4 of the ‘Roadmap out of Lockdown’ and removed most coronavirus legislation there will be some changes to our meetings going forward. We are conscious that there is a spectrum of opinion about how cautious we should be, where some of us will be feeling nervous about any changes, and others of us are looking forward to greater freedoms and greater social connection than has been possible until now. It’s therefore a good opportunity for us all to be learning to bear with one another and to be respectful of and sensitive to each other’s situations. We understand that not everyone is able to meet back physically yet, and so we will be continuing to live-stream our morning service for those people.
The venue restrictions are stricter at the Royal Naval College than at Eltham College and this will be reflected in how the services will run. In both services we will return to singing indoors, and to having children in the auditorium from the start of the service, so drop-off time will no longer be before the service, but instead during the break in the service. We will also start offering cold refreshments outside after the service. The children will no longer need to stay at their desks during their groups, and those teaching them will not need to be masked. We will however continue to discourage attendance for anyone with covid symptoms, and we will offer a track and trace service via a QR code as people arrive, and hand sanitiser at various stations, and we will encourage people to leave gaps between bubbles when we sit down, and to head outside at the end if they want to socialise. At the Royal Naval College we will still need to wear masks inside, but at Eltham College we will be following the Church of England’s guidance in encouraging a zoning system where people who wish to be maskless will fill up from the front and people who wish to be masked will fill up from the back so that there is no risk of maskless people singing in their direction from behind them. Some of us may want to keep a mask in our pockets so that we can pop one on if we're talking to someone who is a mask-wearer. Thanks for your understanding as we navigate these unchartered waters, and we are grateful for the continued grace people have shown over all the many changes we’ve been experiencing.
Andrew and Andrew