Covid-19 Precautions and Procedures

(Update: March 2021)
The Executive have met with the four major churches in Northern Ireland and we have been consulting with Evangelical Alliance to decide on the safest and best approach to return to in-person gatherings.  We have decided to return to in-person gatherings for a few reasons, firstly because we feel people need and want to be back together, secondly we believe we have done the appropriate risk assessments and can offer a safe return as we are blessed with such a large facility, and also that we have considered all other options believing that this is the best time for the church to return.
We also would like to clarify that we will have singing with masks during our services as we have done extensive checking with both the Public Health agency and the Health and Safety Executive to get answers and we have confirmation this isa safe option to go ahead with.

Easter services 2021
We have decided to do our Easter Sunday Service online only so we can give everyone the same experience and that would not be possible over only 2 services on the Sunday.
Although, we have made the decision to have 3 evenings of Gatherings in the lead up to Easter as this will give the most opportunity to those who would like to meet in person. These will be 31st March, 1st April and 2nd April from 8-9pm, and we will also be taking Communion together.

The sign ups for these services will be released on our Calendar on Sunday 21st March at 8pm.


Our plan is then to return back to in-person gatherings as we did before this last lockdown from Sunday 11th April, this will still be restricted to 100 people in person with all usual safety measures and distancing but we will also continue alongside this to have our Church Online Service on a Sunday morning. Our plan is for Kids Church to return on Sunday 18th April, Shannon will be in touch with how this will look closer to the time.


(Update : September 2020)
GATHERINGS FOR SERVICES IN OUR BUILDING : 
We are so glad to get to open up our building once again, to welcome some of our church family back for in-person services.
Whilst ‘the church’ was never closed, our buildings were, so we are really excited to be able to meet again in person.

We want to ensure that you and everyone else attending TLC in person enjoys the experience whilst staying safe, so we are putting a number of safeguards in place to minimise the risk of spreading any germs.
  • All our services will be socially distanced, with a limited seating capacity available. Entry to services is by registering for seats only, in light of Northern Ireland Executive guidelines and restrictions. Your contact details will be held for track and trace purposes for 21 days. 
  • You can book through this link to our online calendar: https://thrivinglifechurch.org/calendar
  • We will provide hand sanitisers on entry into the building and at every entry point.
  • If you, or a member of your household are feeling in any way unwell, you should not attend. Also, if you have been in recent contact with someone who has been diagnosed with Covid 19 please do not come to the service unless you have either tested negative or completed the recommend period for self isolation.
  • Face masks will be required for everyone attending the service over the age of 13, unless medically exempt. Please provide your own mask.
  • There will be a one-way system in operation - entry to the building will be by our front entrance car park only, exit will be through auditorium Fire Escape doors.
  • Doors will open 20 minutes before the service starts, please remain in your car until then.
  • We are currently able to provide kids ministry in the first service at 10am. We have limited availability in these rooms too which means we also require you to register your kids for the service too. Please click on the link ( https://thrivinglifechurch.org/calendar  ) and sign your kids up individually for the relevant age group. It's important we do this carefully so we can have a record of every person in our building, so if you have any queries about how to sign up please send us an email! 
  • Singing during the service will be permitted for those wearing masks. We kindly ask that if you are unable to wear a mask, then please refrain from singing.
  • Whilst toilet facilities will be available, we ask that they are only used if necessary, adhering to the guidelines whilst doing so, and maintaining social distancing while queueing.
  • Unfortunately there will be no refreshments provided before or after the service.
  • We have cleaning procedures in place for the building, before, between and after services.
  • If you do test positive for the virus and have attended church in the last few weeks, please inform the office as soon as possible at [email protected]

Thanks in advance for your understanding in following these guidelines.

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(Update : March 2020)
In response to the growing public concern around the outbreak of  Covid-19 (coronavirus).  The lead team at  TLC have been prayerfully considering our best practices in order to keep our congregation and ministry users healthy, safe and spiritually cared for, in accordance with guidelines provided by the UK government.
The uncertainty of this outbreak is creating anxiety in our workplaces, schools, and day-to-day activities. Yet we remain certain of God’s steadfast presence and careful attention to all that is happening. Please join us in praying for those who are affected by this virus, as well as their caregivers and those who are working around the clock to minimise the impact of this virus.
In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. We must also remember that God has not called us to live in fear but in faith. As Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a Spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind”
Therefore, let’s not give in to fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others.

CORONAVIRUS - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses of which ‘COVID-19’ is a new, previously unidentified, strain. The initial symptoms are like those of flu (coughing, high temperatures and shortness of breath). Those with weak immune systems, the elderly and those with chronic conditions such as diabetes are more susceptible. The virus is very contagious and is likely spread through droplets caused by coughing or sneezing.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
  • Stay informed – The situation is fluid and the Government is updating its website daily with the latest information and advice for the public. 
  • Take everyday precautions- As advised by the NHS employ general good hygiene to help prevent the spread of the virus. This includes:
  • Covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing;
  • Immediately throwing used tissues into the bin;
  • Frequently washing your hands with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds, or using sanitising hand gel if water and soap is not available;
  • Avoiding close contact with those who are unwell.
  • Self-isolate -The UK Government website keeps an updated list of high-risk locations. If you have returned from one of these locations, you will need to either self-isolate (Category 1) or carefully monitor your state and self-isolate if you feel symptoms developing (Category 2). This means staying at home for up to 14 days, asking others to do errands for you, avoiding visitors at home and not going to a GP or pharmacy.