WE’RE GOING LOCAL

Sundays at Hope City Sheffield

From Sunday 6th September 2020 we are going local!

We are so excited that we can resume our Sunday gatherings in September. This one-hour service at 10am will give us the opportunity to gather safely and in accordance with government guidelines. We will be having our Sunday Service live from the Auditorium as well as a Watch Party streaming the service in the Forge.

Check out the information below to find out what we’re doing to keep you safe and how you can reserve your seat for a Sunday service. This service will also be live online each Sunday so if you can’t make it in person, you can still join us online.

Here is a quick video of how we have been preparing the place to best welcome you back!

Keeping you Safe

Everyone’s health, wellbeing and safety is very important. So, in line with the Government Guidelines for Places of Worship and for your protection, we have implemented a number of changes at our venue. Please ensure you have read these COVID-19 changes in full before you decide to reserve a space at a physical gathering:

  • All venues and activities have been risk assessed.
  • Venues have been thoroughly deep cleaned and disinfected.
  • We have increased regular cleaning, and will be introducing cleaning between back to back services when appropriate.
  • Sanitisation stations have been installed in all areas around the building including entrances, exits and toilets.
  • One way systems have been implemented where appropriate.
  • Socially distanced seating has been implemented.
  • Staff and teams have been fully trained.

As we’re sure you will understand, we care deeply for the health and safety of our congregations, that is why we have worked hard to implement the changes we have made, so that you can feel confident in attending a physical gathering, serving on a team or entering our buildings.

Reserve your seat

For those of you who would like to gather in person, we ask that you reserve a seat for you (and everyone coming for your household or social bubble) no later than the Thursday before the Sunday you plan to attend. Please book for each Sunday using the buttons below.

We will continue to broadcast our services online, so you can watch in the comfort of your own home or, why not meet with one other family or household to enjoy church together (according to government guidelines).

FAQs

As we’re sure you will understand, we care deeply for the heath and safety of our congregation, that is why we have worked hard to implement the changes we have made at our venue, so that you can feel confident in attending a physical gathering. We know there may be lots of questions, so we’ve tried to answer as many of them as we can for you below.

  • To ensure we can maintain effective social distancing measures, each of our two rooms has a maximum safe capacity. 

    To ensure entry, you will need to reserve a seat in advance, for you and everyone in your family or support bubble. This will need to be booked through Eventbrite and will be made available from the Sunday before.

    If you need help to reserve your seat, you can speak to your Dinner Party Leader, or contact the church office on 01142132070

    Please only reserve seats which you will use to ensure someone else doesn’t miss out.

    In the event that you arrive after the service has started, we may not be able to guarantee you a seat.

  • Please arrive 30mins before our Sunday Services start. You will be asked to sanitise your hands upon arrival at the front door.

    Our Welcome Team will check you in and direct you to your allocated seating, without you needing to touch any surfaces. Once at your seat you will be required to remain seated until the start of the service. 

    Please bring a cold drink with you as it may get quite hot wearing your mask. Please note that our coffee areas will not be open.

  • In accordance with current Government Guidelines, everyone over the age of 11 will be required to wear a face covering throughout the service, unless you are otherwise exempt.

  • Toilets will be available, but we ask that you avoid using them where possible, especially considering the reduced service lengths. 

    If your child needs the toilet, they should be accompanied at all times.

    We also ask that you use the Hand Sanitiser provided both before and after use.

  • Seats will be allocated in accordance with the latest Social Distancing guidelines. Households, family units and support bubbles will be able to sit together, but not mix between households.

    Children should stay with you and within your allocated area throughout the service. Once seated, please do not move around the room, this is to help maintain effective social distancing.

    We ask that you cooperate fully with our Welcome Team and Church Staff on this.

    We know you will be excited to greet people you haven’t seen in a long time, but we ask that you follow the guidelines by not greeting with hugs, handshakes or other physical greetings.

  • In line with Government Guidelines, we are not allowed to sing as part of our Sunday Services. 

    We look forward in anticipation to this being reviewed, but until then we will be encouraging alternative ways of worshiping together.

  • We will not be able to leave our seats to give in the offering, but if you would like to give by cash or cheque, this can be done by placing your offering in a bucket on your departure from the service. Alternatively, online forms of giving are available on our giving page.

    Online Giving

  • Children are a central part of the Hope City Church family, and we are sad that we cannot reopen Whizz Kids at this stage.

    Until we are able to resume these ministries, we will be asking children to remain seated with their parents throughout the service.

    In order to help you as a parent, we have reduced our service length and we have also made Children’s Packs available to enjoy throughout the service. These will be available on entry. 

    Unfortunately at this time we are also unable to open our Cradle room for Parents & Babies. We hope that this will soon be able to reopen again.

  • At the end of the service you will be directed to leave row by row by a member of the team. We ask that you cooperate fully with this process.

    We do not wish to stifle safe, socially distanced interaction outside of the building but we ask that you do not congregate outside the exits.

    Please also remember that outside of the church premises, government guidelines apply which restrict meeting sizes to two family units, or six people.

  • When you reserve your seat through Eventbrite, we will ask for you consent to collect your details for the purposes of NHS Test and Trace.

    In line with guidance issued by the Department for Health and Social Care, we will keep your details safely and in compliance with GDPR legislation for 21 days before securely disposing of or deleting them. We will only share your details with NHS Test and Trace, if asked, in the event that it is needed to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. We will not use your details for any other purposes within the life of Hope City Church or pass them on to anyone else.

    For more information, please see our privacy policy.

  • If you feel unwell, are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you must not attend a Hope City Church service or venue. Instead, we would encourage you to join us online.

    Likewise, if you have been in close contact with someone diagnosed or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 please stay at home.

    In addition, if you have returned from international travel or been in close contact with someone who has returned from international travel in the last 14 days please stay at home.

All our measures have been put in place according to government guidelines.

If you’d like any further information about our Sunday gatherings – in person or online – please email us at sheffield@hopecity.church.