Birmingham Victory Unity Centre
Guidelines on the building and resuming church services
Preventing the spread of COVID 19 is the key to returning back to church services these guidelines outline the actions required by Church leadership and the Ministry Team. Those attending services will be required to adhere to the changes which will ensure the health and safety of each person.
Government and local restriction advice will be adhered to.
If you have a serious health condition or develop COVI9 symptoms as outlined by the Govt. Health England, please do not attend church services for yours and others health and safety. The church has carried out a risk assessment and this will be made available on the BVUC notice board and available to external organisations on request.
Before church services resume a deep clean of the church will take place and ongoing weekly cleaning will occur of all hard surfaces and areas of handling. Sanitisers will be provided on entry in reception and exit to the building. Handwashing products will be available in toilets.
Posters and guidelines will direct members and visitors in handwashing facilities and sanitising stations.
Members and Visitors to BVUC are requested to follow the Cleaning guidelines displayed.
Attending Church Services:
The maximum number of Church attendance is 30, therefore it will be required that those who wish to attend will need to register on Eventbrite.
Members and visitors who wish to attend our church services will need to register by the Saturday evening at 7pm, prior to the Sunday service using Eventbrite on the BVUC website bvuc.org.uk.
Our online services will still be available through the website via our Facebook page. We would encourage everyone who is unable to attend to utilise this service.
Those attending services will be encouraged to leave their contact details for fire safety and the track and trace system which is kept for 28 days in a secure place, then forthwith destroyed as per Government guidelines.
When attending church services there will be one entry point and one exit point for you to follow, this will be sign posted. On entry you will be required to wash your hands or use the sanitizer available. Face mask or Visors will be given to all visitors if you do not have one on entry.
The usher team will escort members and visitors to their seats. Families will be seated together and social distance will apply
We encourage attendees to keep all personal belongings by their seat and refrain from touching other people’s property.
Once seated members and visitors are encouraged to wear a face mask if they need to leave their seat, and minimal movement is required.
Tithes and Offering – This will be collected by the ushers who will be wearing appropriate PPE as per government guidelines. There will be no requirement to leave your seat.
Holy Communion – The communion of bread and wine will be individually prepacked and will be served to members and visitors in their seats, appropriate PPE will be worn by the ministry team
Alter Call – The speaker/leadership team will direct members and visitors how to access altar call prayers using social distancing. This will be explained during the service on the day.
Hospitality – There will be no Church catering facilities available for the foreseeable future. There is no access to the kitchen or community room. The risk assessment from the community office based at Stuart Street outlines the control measures they have in place to avoid infections and keep their residents safe.
Foodbank –All items donated to the food bank will be pre-cleaned and wiped down using an antibacterial solution before pre- packing bags of items for visitors.
The food bank service will restart once church services resume, pre – bagged items will be made available at the front of the church for immediate collection and PPE to be worn by the Ushers.
Children Ministry – Children’s Ministry has been suspended whilst numbers are currently limited and the Community room unavailable to use.
Men and Women’s Ministry – Men and Women’s Ministry will continue to meet using the online platform of Zoom and this will be communicated through the church notices.
The impact of COVID 19 cannot be underestimated concerning families mental well- being so it’s important to encourage the existing ministries to get together and link with other ministries to encourage, exhort and support one another.
Prayer Meetings – Prayer meetings will continue online using zoom and conference calls, whilst government restrictions are in place. Where Friday prayer resumes government guidelines will be followed and social distance will apply. No Initial Registration on Eventbrite will be required.
Media – The media equipment is to be cleaned before and after use. A Media Book (near the PA equipment) needs to be completed prior to using equipment and on completion of use. All equipment must be returned to their original place.
Administration – Where accessed, the admin office can only be used by one individual at a time and all surfaces touched and used must be cleaned after use.
Pastoral Care – Prayer, support, advice and counselling is still available for members and visitors to access, due to the changes we are currently living with, we will administer this in a different way. We will use online services and telephone contact if you require support. Regular contact will be made to members by the Pastoral Team.
Contact can be made via the website & Facebook page, BVUC WhatsApp and by telephone. One of the leadership team, Elder Pauline or Minister Marilyn will contact you.