We are looking forward to the festive period at Kempston East and we wanted to highlight our Christmas services in the coming weeks, along with the recently re-introduced restrictions so that we can all enjoy this time together safely.
In short, our services will continue ‘face to face’ as normal, albeit with some familiar adaptations (see below) and some will also be broadcast on YouTube which you can watch via our website here - https://www.kempstoneastmethodist.org/live.html
When coming to Church:
- Wrap up warm: we’ll keep the Church well ventilated
- Help the Door Stewards to record your attendance on arrival
- Keep ‘distanced’ from other groups when seated, allowing one chair – or two if possible – between you and the next group
- As is required legally unless an exemption applies, wear a face covering
- We advise keeping your face covering on whilst singing
- Refreshments won’t be served, and you are asked to do your ‘fellowshipping’ outside.
This is all explained in more detail below.
Please also find the list of upcoming services at the bottom of the page.
Changes at Kempston East because of new Omicron Covid variant
As you can imagine, there has been considerable discussion about what changes we need to make to improve our Covid security in light of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. Our immediate plans (let’s call them the ‘Kempston East Plan A’) are as follows:
The Church based services will be held subject to COVID safe guidelines. There will be some constraints on these, though and, although the church will do as much as it can, there are also things that you can do to improve both your and other people’s safety. Firstly, you must wear a face covering at all times when you’re in the church and halls – unless you have an official exemption. This is mandatory under the Government’s Plan B. You are also strongly advised to keep your mask on while singing.
Secondly, you will see when you arrive at church that we have gone back to closing off alternate rows to help with social distancing. You are also requested to leave at least one or two free seats between yourselves and other people outside your group. Thirdly, there will be no after-service refreshments until further notice. You are asked to leave the church immediately after the services and, if you want to chat, do this outside. Fourthly, we will be reverting to ‘hybrid’ services. This means that as well as services in the church we will be going back to streaming them on Zoom and also on Youtube via this page.
It is possible that things may move so quickly over the coming days that it is decided that services in church will need to be halted for some time (‘Kempston East Plan B’). If that happens, you will receive an email telling you of this and of how you can then access the online equivalents on Zoom and YouTube. There are, of course, things that we would encourage you to do if you are coming to one of the live services at church. Top of the list of these is to take a lateral flow test at home before you come to ensure that you are free from the virus.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this.
Please find a list of upcoming Christmas services and events at Kempston East below:
Children’s Christmas Carol Service - Friday 24th December at 4pm
Children's Christmas Eve service with carols and the nativity story.
Midnight Communion - Friday 24th December at 11.15pm
Short service with carols and communion.
Christmas Day Celebration - Saturday 25th December at 10.30am
All-age Christmas service led by Rev. Michael Giles.
There will be no Service on Boxing Day (26th December) so our next service after this will be on Sunday 2nd January 2022.