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Sunday Worship (COVID-19)

Please follow the RULES

Now that the church is open for two services of Sunday Worship please follow
the guidelines below,
to both to protect yourself and others using the church.
Sunday @ 10.30am

Time & Place

We are now able to open for two services on a Sunday. The morning service will continue at 10.30am. The afternoon Discipleship Service will be held at 5pm. This service will also be streamed LIVE at our Facebook page - click here to go to Facebook.

However, there are still strict Government rules  in place, so please observe the guidelines all the time you are present in church. Please see details below.

Services will be of shorter duration. Stewards will be wearing Hi-Vis jackets and instructed to engage, explain and encourage social distancing and the ‘hands, face, space’ compliance. Prayer ministry will not be available at this time. Prayer requests should be directed to the Prayer Chain as normal.

We strongly advise the use of facemasks, unless you have a valid medical reason that precludes you from doing so, as well as adhering to the advice on hygiene and 2 metres social distancing.

Sunday @ 5pm

Sunday Services

If you have any virus symptoms you must stay away. If you are in a vulnerable group or in any way concerned about the risk of transmission we recommend that you stay home and  join us online on Sundays at www.gilgal.co.uk for our excellent online services.

The Covid19 restricted seating capacity (which observes 2 metre social distancing) at our Park Avenue home is only 50 to 60 people. 

Permissible areas of seating are marked with a yellow cross. Sit ONLY on a yellow cross - nowhere else. These crosses have been measured to be 2 metres apart.

DO NOT sit with anyone outside of your household, or care bubble ( a care bubble is where you are providing support and health care for a relative, or other vulnerable person). Social bubbles no longer exist.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in these exceptional times.

Sunday Club

Under the current regulations we are not able to use our church hall for social gatherings. Sunday Club will therefore now run online only via Zoom.

Sunday Club via Zoom is from 2.00 - 3.00p.m. every Sunday. If your child would be interested in taking part please email faith@gilgal.co.uk and we will send you all the details along with the Zoom session number. In order to comply with our Safeguarding Policy we cannot publish details at this website.

Thank you.

Covid19 Regulations and Gilgal:

During this additional period of lock-down in BCBC there are additional rules and regulations - please see the latest guidelines from the South Wales Baptist Union 'here'.

We ask everyone attending our services to be considerate of others and if possible wear a mask into, during and out of church (unless you have a medical condition that prevents you from doing so), and to make every effort to remember to fully comply with the directions and guidance for hygiene protection and social distancing. This will reduce everyone's anxieties and allow more members and friends to return to worship with us.

Thank you for your kindness and help. www.gilgal.co.uk

Registered Charity Number 1134864

Online Worship Services:

If you are unable to attend our live meetings, then you can continue to catch up with our recent messages every Sunday morning on our website at http://gilgal.co.uk/news/pastors-blog and on Facebook or YouTube.

Measures that were previously in place are still operating. Please see video below if this Sunday will be your first Sunday back at church.

For information on Risk Assessment please read the COVID-19 Response document by selecting the button below: -

Worship Guidelines

Gilgal Open For Services

The apostle John wrote: “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ”. (1 John 1:3). Christian fellowship is an essential part of Christian life and so it is with great joy that we can begin to hold worship services together again at Park Avenue, albeit within the legal constraints caused by the Coronavirus pandemic

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

  • The church is now open for one service of worship only at 10.30am - service will be approximately 1 hour duration or less.


  • These services will include worship music but not congregational singing. There will bible based preaching and times of prayer. Children are welcome to watch and join in the online Sunday Club for 5-11 year olds only. The toddlers corner is available with parental supervision only.


  • We encourage all in our fellowship who cannot attend to continue to access our main online Sunday Morning service through Face Book, Youtube, and our website gilgal.co.uk.


  • Entrance to the buildings will be through the West Door. The doors will be left open during the service to aid ventilation.


  • To meet Health and Safety requirements 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 recommended they are not compulsory, and 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. The church will be sanitised between services.

  • 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. For those who cannot use the steps they can exit through one of the other doors.


  • 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. We can also add chairs in the wings or in the foyer. So there should be a seating capacity for 40-60 people safely.


  • 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 bookstall, Mobo leaflets charity magazine etc., will not be available at present,


  • 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.


  • At present we cannot offer refreshments after the services.


  • An Offering Tin will be available in the foyer.


  • Toilets will be available at the front of the church. Please remember to exercise social distancing and good hygiene requirements at all times.


  • We continue to value and support all our members, especially those who are advised to continue ‘shielding’ during the virus. We continue to pray that In coming weeks we may all be able to fully fellowship as a church. Until then, if anyone needs help or support please contact us on 01656 771168 or gillardmc@aol.com.


  • We will be carrying out a continuing review of these guidelines and will notify the fellowship of any changes.


“I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD’.”

Psalm 122:1

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