What we're doing at CCR


Covid-19 Update (3rd March 2022)

Updated Covid Guidance - for all CCR Activities


As we seek to show love for each other as restrictions are lifted, we are updating our guidance as follows: 

  • Sunday mornings: The Balcony with be a “mask wearing” area, for those who would feel more comfortable to continue to do this. The use of masks downstairs will be at individual discretion. If it is clear that this is not needed / wanted, we will default to individual discretion throughout the building. 
  • Sunday mornings: We will continue to maintain increased distancing between seating, and increased ventilation for the time being. Bring an extra layer! 
  • All Activities: Those involved in serving should continue to carry out LFD tests prior to attending church. This will be reviewed in a couple weeks & tests can be ordered online at no cost until the end of March. 
  • All Activities: As isolation is no longer required, we are asking everyone to show caution in attending services / events in person if feeling unwell for any reason. 

We will review this again in April, unless there is a specific reason to do so earlier. 

 

Covid-19 Update (2nd December 2021)

You may have been aware that there have been some changes by the Government throughout the country to try and mitigate the effects of the Omicron variant. We want to make ChristChurch Redbourn as safe as we can for people to continue to come, and as such, we are also changing a few things here too. Below is everything you need to know about what’s changing at CCR!
 

Illuminate/Starfish/CCC/Sunday services

To keep everyone as safe as possible we are requiring all those involved in serving at CCR events to take a lateral flow covid test on the morning of the event in which they are serving at. This would be irrespective of whether face coverings are removed (e.g. service leading, musicians, academy leading, refreshment serving etc). If you have any concerns about this, or are unable to do this, please discuss this with one of the Elders. 


After services/refreshments (on Sundays)

We will be requiring people to maintain social distancing and wear face coverings when not consuming refreshments. We fully appreciate that some will be exempt from wearing face coverings for a variety of reasons. The leadership will be more vigilant in reminding recovering faces once refreshments have been consumed. We are really keen for people to enjoy fellowship and refreshment at or after our events, but would remind everyone that participating is very much optional and should people not be comfortable with this they can refrain. 


Congregation generally

We would like to encourage everyone to take a lateral flow test prior to attendance at CCR events and activities as a demonstrable way of care and protection of others. This would include Sunday services, Illuminate, Starfish, Coffee, Cake & Chat etc. Face coverings and social distancing should be followed based on the specific event as relevant. 


Youth Work

As of last week, youth groups like ours now legally require that anybody who comes along that is over 11 (unless exempt) has to wear a face mask. We know it’s frustrating! We hope that it will be just a brief temporary measure.  This will include Friday evening youth group as well as our Sunday morning toast group.
 

Our Elders and support team are constantly monitoring these controls to ensure we are acting as safely and responsibly within the Government's guidelines and requirements.  We have an ongoing review process being carried out, and some controls have been deemed not longer required, e.g. limiting the number of songs as part of the service, and others will still remain, e.g. opening windows etc to increase ventilation. 
 
Thank you for being so understanding in helping us to continue meeting in such strange and challenging circumstances. Please do get in touch with any questions you may have or to discuss your own situation.
 


Sunday Services Update (1st October 2021)

  1. We are back to holding one service every Sunday at 10.30am
  2. Seating will generally be spaced out more.
  3. To help our environment, we will maximise ventilation and try to make good use of the garden before and after the service.
  4. After a long time of waiting, we are allowed to sing indoors!
  5. If the prospect of singing increases your concern about returning, would you please speak to Chris. In the past we have used the the balcony as a no singing zone, which may be possible to continue by request.
  6. Zoom is no longer used to tune into Sunday services. Zoom has been a wonderful help whilst we could not physically gather. We are so pleased that we can now get together again, praise God together, sit under his Word together and encourage one another face to face! 
  7. We continue to record the reading and talk each week, uploading them to YouTube as early after the Sunday as we can.
  8. We do not want to leave anyone feeling isolated or cut off from the church family! If there are reasons that mean you are not able to return to the building, once again please speak to Chris or one of the Elders or a member of the Pastoral Care Team (Katie, Fiona, Julia, Keely) and we will do all we can to support you!
  9. Refreshments – some have been bringing a drink with them to church, and this is still completely fine! That said, we are back to providing tea, coffee, squash and biscuits for those who would like to stay and encourage one another after the service. We only ask that you remain seated and allow us to bring refreshments to you rather than everyone coming to the hatch. We encourage people to make use of the back garden with their refreshments.

  10. If you would be willing to help with this on one Sunday during the summer, please let Chris know. We will only be able to offer refreshments if people are willing to help.



Sunday Services Update (19th July 2021)

  1. We will revert to one service from Sunday 25thJuly at 10.30am.
  2. Seating will generally be spaced out more.
  3. There may be some groups who are happy to sit a little closer together (e.g., a family or a couple of friends). That’s ok but generally there shouldn’t be a need to be ‘on top of each other’, so let’s keep some space.
  4. Mask wearing is now optional in England but there appears to be growing wisdom in wearing them in busy indoor spaces. We are therefore encouraging the continued use of masks for those who usually wear them.

We are aware opinions differ here and would again urge us to seek to love and prioritise one another in this area.

  1. To help our environment, we will maximise ventilation and we should make good use of the garden before and after the service.
  2. Singing – we await confirmation but expect will be allowed to sing indoors after 19thJuly, and we look forward to praising God together in this way – it’s been a long time waiting for this!
  3. If the prospect of singing increases your concern about returning, would you please speak to Chris. Someone has suggested using the balcony or a section of the balcony as a no singing zone. It would be helpful to hear if this would be appreciated.
  4. Zoom will not be used on Sundays after 19th
  5. We still plan to record the service, uploading the readings and talks to YouTube as early after the Sunday as we can.
  6. Zoom has been a wonderful help whilst we could not physically gather. We are so pleased that we can now get together again; praise God together; sit under his Word together and encourage one another face to face! For those who have already returned, I think it’s fair to say that it is so much better to actually be together.
  7. We do not want to leave anyone feeling isolated or cut off from the church family! If there are reasons that mean you are not able to return to the building, once again please speak to Chris or one of the Elders or a member of the Pastoral Care Team (Katie, Fiona, Julia, Keely) and we will do all we can to support you!
  8. Refreshments – some have been bringing a drink with them to church, and this is still completely fine! That said, it would now be good to provide tea, coffee and squash for those who would like to stay and encourage one another after the service.
  9. If you would be willing to help with this on one Sunday during the summer, please let Chris know. We will only be able to offer refreshments if people are willing to help.


Coronavirus Update (1st June 2021)

Sunday Services are running, with limited numbers.

Some of our mid-week groups, such as Coffee, Cake & Chat, Illuminate and Starfish have restarted, with various limitations to make sure we are not only complying with government guidance, but also ensuring we are making them as safe as we possibly can. If you would like more information on any of those groups and what we're doing, you can contact Chris using the button.


Coronavirus Update (11th Jan 2021)

We have now decided that it would be better for us to run our services entirely online until mid-February. 


We hope you can join us live for our Zoom services.


We will also be posting the sermons to Youtube for anyone who wants to catch up afterwards. We will do our best to get them uploaded on the day after.


Our family services are also continuing on Zoom for the time being, starting at 9am.


Coronavirus Update (6th Jan 2021)

As of the 6th January we have been placed under a national lockdown, however the government has stated that communal worship can continue. Please read the update below from the 20th December for more. 


The only major changes is that our Youth Work and our 9am Family services are moving back online for the time being. 


Coronavirus Update (20th Dec 2020)

 

The announcement by the Prime Minister said clearly that communal worship can still take place even in tier 4. However, we recognise that we all have a responsibility for helping manage the spread of the virus and therefore the CCR leaders have taken the following decision regarding Christmas services in our Fish Street building
 
Services will be run from Fish Street and broadcast live via YouTube / Zoom. As a church we want to stay open and welcoming to those in our community; whilst also staying within the rules and ensuring people’s safety is our number one priority. Therefore things will need to look and feel a little different from normal and we will be taking the following steps:
 
1. We will be taking every step possible to ensure the safety of those who choose to attend by making entry to the building and departure from the building much more highly managed. This (sadly) will reduce indoor interaction with others
 
2. We will be reducing the numbers we have in the building
 
3. We would ask you to stay at home and watch from home if you can
 
4. That said, all who would benefit from meeting physically will be warmly welcomed! 
 
5.  Seats will be reserved for those in greatest need and all seats must be booked in advance (please email us to book a seat)


Coronavirus Update (2nd Dec 2020)


We are currently allowed to open for church services and a few other activities, for limited numbers, whilst maintaining social distancing and wearing masks. Look out on our home and events pages for activities you can join in with, and don't forget to book your places in advance to secure a spot! Our services also have online options for those who don't want to come in, or can't book a place.


Coronavirus Update (5th Nov 2020)


Following the recent announcement, we are having to pause our in-person activities for the month of November. We will be broadcasting our services from the building, but our congregation will have to remain at home, and our youth work and growth groups will also have to move back online. We hope that in December we will be able to begin allowing people to book places at Fish Street for services again.


Coronavirus Update (6th Sept 2020)

The recent updates from the government in relation to Covid-19 and the lockdown have opened the way for churches like ours to begin services.  We will be live streaming services from Fish Street in  September and exploring ways to safely open our building up again for a limited number of people as the weeks progress.   Please do check back here and our Facebook page for up to date information.  Our small groups are meeting online and some youth work is also running online.  We will be exploring the right balance of face-to-face meeting and online meeting over the coming months and will keep people up to date via our website, social media and whatsapp groups. 


Coronavirus Update (16th March 2020)

Many of you will have heard the Prime Ministers update tonight which included a request to minimise social gatherings, to help slow the spread of the virus, support the NHS and protect the vulnerable.  The CCR Leadership have discussed this tonight and agreed that the appropriate response to this situation is to give our full support to these measures.  Therefore, moving forward ALL church gatherings (both in Fish Street and in homes) will cease until further notice. Coffee Cake and Chat will run tomorrow (17th March) as it’s too late to communicate this change properly now but that will be the final meeting at Fish Street. 

However, CCR is about far more than just meeting together in a building (as important as that is).  We can still be church family in this situation. And importantly, we can still support our community at this time.  Obviously tonight’s government announcement  came as a bit of a shock so we don’t have all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed yet… but we are planning creative ways to be virtually together at this time.  Once we have these clarified we will be in touch - on these web pages and social media too. We are planning on live streaming this coming Sunday - more info will follow on this later in the week. We are also thinking of ways to ensure everyone is looked after and cared for too. 

In the meantime, please do be praying for those in leadership in our country at this time and for friends, family and one another. And please do keep checking in with your small groups and keeping a pastoral eye out for others.

If you have any questions, please do get in touch with any of the leadership team. Click here for their contact details. 

More information to follow soon.

From the Elders and Deacons

COVID-19