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Personal Prayer (COVID-19)

Please follow the RULES

Now that the church is open for personal prayer please follow the guidelines below,
to both to protect yourself and others using the church.
For information on Risk Assessment please read the COVID-19 Response document by selecting the button below: -


Gilgal Open for Personal Prayer from Sunday June 28th

In line with government guidance we have carried out a Risk Assessment and will operate the following system when the church is open for individual prayer.

  • At present we expect to open the sanctuary for prayer on Sunday afternoons between 4-6pm when people can ‘pop in and out as suits them.’ We encourage all in our fellowship to continue to access the online Sunday Morning service through Face Book, Youtube, and our website gilgal.co.uk. And the Zoom ‘coffee and chat’ from 11.30-12noon.
  • Entrance for everyone will be through the west main doors (disabled access will be available with supervision). The doors will be left open during the prayer session to aid ventilation.
  • To meet Health and Safety requirements there we will need to record the names and contact details of those coming into the church.
  • There will be a table just inside the entrance with hand cleansing resources, gloves and an information board. While face masks are optional, you are welcome to bring and wear your own face mask.
  • We will be operating a ‘clean as you come and go’ policy where it is the individuals responsibility to wipe over (with cleaning materials that we will provide), the place where they sit as they arrive and as they leave.
  • We will be operating a one-way system within the sanctuary which is signed by arrows on the floor. The exit will be through the foyer and the east door.
  • We have had to remove all cushions and seat covers, if you would like to bring a cushion please remember to take it home again with you afterwards. Likewise, please bring your own bible or devotional resources and take them with you when you leave.
  • We have 27 open rows/pews which can seat individuals, couples and family/bubble groups, so there should be plenty of seating capacity for drop in/drop out personal prayer.
  • Please observe the social distancing markers and tapes and, if possible, sit diagonally to the people in the row in front (i.e. not directly behind).
  • The Toddler Corner and the bookstall, Mobo leaflets charity magazine etc., will not be available at present, but children and families are welcome to drop in for prayer.
  • Seats are not reserved. Please note – no-one has an assigned seat and you may not be able to sit where you often sit. Every seat, always, is free to whoever sits there first.
  • We will be providing gentle music either live or recorded while the church is open to aid reflective prayer and worship.
  • An Offering Tin will be available in the foyer.
  • Toilets will be available in the hall. Please remember, to exercise social distancing rules and follow the prescribed good hygiene practices, at all times.
  • We continue to value and support all our members, especially those who have been advised to continue ‘shielding’ during the virus. We continue to prayer that In coming weeks we may all be able to fellowship once more as a church in the house of God. Until then, if anyone needs help or support please contact us on 01656 771168 or faith@gilgal.co.uk 
  • We will be carrying out a continuing review of these guidelines and will notify the fellowship of any changes.

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chron.7:13-14)

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