Joanna Moat
Godfirst Sunday In Person Meetings


As Godfirst staff team, we have spent a lot of time preparing to re-start our Sunday gatherings through researching government recommendations, talking to our coordinators at CLC and to other churches about their best practices. We believe we are in a good place to press play on gathering again some time in October. We are confident that working with the PAC staff we will conduct our meetings in line with the latest government guidelines. Obviously, things will look different so we wanted to let you know a bit about that.

 The biggest change will be in respect of numbers of people we are allowed to have, and so we will have to introduce a pre-booking system for adults and kids. HERE This will also be part of the track and trace system. On arrival, please follow the one way system and remember to maintain a safe distance. We will use the same door as before to enter the building. You will be asked to use hand sanitiser and will have your temperature taken. If your temperature is higher than normal, we might have to ask you to re-book your visit for another week. Youth and adults will have to wear a face covering (please bring your own) throughout the whole service and while inside the PAC, unless you have a medical reason not to. Our kids and youth drop off system will include a separate entrance for kids and their stickers printed 72 hrs before (another reason why pre-booking will be necessary). We intend to run kids and youth work for ignite, elevate and accelerate. We are still discussing an option of having an empty break out room for parents with babies.

 The venue operates a one-way system, and we will have designated stewards showing you to your seats. Bubbles and families will be welcome to sit together but will be separated from others in the congregation. We will have our worship band playing live and they will take up the back half of the stage, socially-distanced between them too. Current guidelines still discourage singing from the congregation. We will keep most doors open to minimise the need for touching them. The one-way exit will be through the fire exit straight from the auditorium to the adjacent car park. This car park is going to be closed to cars to allow us to exit safely. The empty car park seems like an ideal place to socialise after the meeting but all social distancing rules and number restrictions still apply there.

We strongly encourage everyone, especially kids, to use the toilet before arriving to the venue to minimise the traffic in that part of the building. Toilets will be open but there is only one corridor leading to them so it is not possible to have a one-way system to and from there. 

 Unfortunately, we will not be able to serve tea and coffee for the time being but Cheltenham town centre is rich in cafés which will, no doubt, be delighted to have your custom.

 We are really looking forward to gathering in person again. It might feel a bit weird at first but we hope to make the most of this unusual situation and enjoy it together.

See you soon :)