We have been working hard to keep our guidance in line with recent government announcements. As a result, we have amended the format of the Coronavirus Guidance for Property page in an effort to make it more accessible. Here are a few suggestions about how to get the most benefit from the guidance:
Step 1 – Think Missionally
Look at the Guide to Re-Opening & Managing your Church Building for guidance on thinking about how the new normal might look like for your church.
Step 2 – Plan thoroughly
It is important to ensure that the building is safe to use. Refer to the Re-Opening a Building Checklist and the Covid-19 Risk Assessment.
Step 3 – Consult widely
Speak with members, other users, the local community, property stewards, cleaners TMCP, Methodist Insurance, etc. about your plans to re-open.
Step 4 – Think Holistically
A Covid-19 Risk Assessment should be filled in with the user group or specific activity in mind. It would be normal for a church to have multiple Covid-19 Risk Assessments, depending on the number of activities and/or users.
Step 5 – Safety First
There is specific guidance that will help managing trustees think through the details of how each activity and/or user might use the building.
Worship activities could include:
Other user groups could include:
Please note that we acknowledge that restrictions in Scotland and Wales are being lifted and we are reviewing the specific guidance for the separate devolved administrations with a view to publish soon.