August 2021 Covid-19 Update

Following the Government’s relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions on 19 July 2021, the Croydon SDA Church Pastoral team has agreed that a phased approach will help people feel safe to resume attending in-person services.

We will continue joyfully worshipping God together via YouTube and Livestream but encourage you to come and join us in-person when you feel ready and comfortable. If you are particularly anxious and have questions about coming back do not hesitate to contact any of the Pastoral Team or please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below.

These arrangements are likely to remain in place until we will review them again in the lead up to winter. We hope that this helps you to know what is happening and feel safe.

Many thanks for your cooperation and understanding.

Church Opening: Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When will church be opening?

A. We have been open for in-person worship since 22 May 2021. Please come and participate in our live Sabbath School and Family Worship (“Divine Worship”).  Learn more about the guidelines around attending in person here.

Q. Will everybody be allowed back into church?

Q. What will you do with the details of those who register to attend worship in-person?

Q. Will the church be providing us with masks, hand sanitisers, or gloves?

A. Hand sanitisers will be provided, however you will be expected to bring your own face masks. (If you are unable to obtain a mask, we have a limited number of masks available for your use.)

Q. Will the water dispenser in the Youth Hall be available?

A. Not at present. We therefore encourage you to bring your own water for the time being. 

Q. Will I be able to sing at church?

Q. Can I greet others by shaking hands, embracing or cheek kissing?

Q. Can I socialise/mingle with others between services?

Q. Are there any other restrictions in place about how many people can be in one room at a time?

A. No. However, we are recommending that toilets are limited to just a few persons at a time. Also, we are keeping the other meeting rooms closed until we are fully open.

Q. How often will the church be updated on the guidelines?

A. Going forward, at each point that the Government updates their roadmap, we will aim to review and update our guidelines soon after.

Q. How many services will we be having each Sabbath?

A. We are having one Worship Service each Sabbath.

Q. What time will Sabbath School and Divine Service be held?

A. Sabbath School will start at 9:30am and Family Worship (“Divine Service”) will start at 11:15 am. 

Q. Will Adult Sabbath School classes resume in-person?

A. We are currently providing a fusion of the online Sabbath School and those attending in person. While individual classes have not yet resumed, for those attending church in person, we are inviting you to be part of the congregation and participate in Sabbath School by asking questions and offering comments. Sabbath School continues to be an interactive and online service for those not able to attend in person. 

Q. Can I use the kitchen facilities during Sabbath?

A.  No. The kitchen will be closed during services until October.

Q. Will the church be providing lunch?

Q. Can I bring my lunch and share with others?

A. We recommend having a picnic outside as this is safer, and transmission is less likely in the open air.

Q. Can I bring snacks for my child?

A. Yes. 

Q. Will the water dispenser in the Youth Hall be available?

A. Not at present. We therefore encourage you to bring your own water until this is reviewed again. 

Q. When the church is re-opened can I bring my toddler to church, in light of the new restrictions in place?

A. Parents with toddlers should still feel free to attend church despite the restrictions.

Q. Will there be a Children’s Church or Sabbath School?

A. Children’s Church in-person will remain closed until further notice.  In the meantime, kids can join in a variety of activities via Zoom from Monday to Saturday. We provide fitness sessions, quizzes, prayer, worship and Bible study. Contact Children’s Ministry leader, Lee White on 07944 884 154 for Zoom details.  We will consider having in-person services in late autumn.

Q. Will there be Youth or Teens’ Sabbath School?

A.  At present all Youth/Teen Sabbath Schools classes in-person are cancelled until further notice. In the meantime, we’re conducting Bible studies and Youth Church programmes via Zoom. Find out more here. After August we will consider having in-person services.  

Q. Will we be able to have Communion? 

A. Yes, we have had virtual had a Communion Service and now intend to have a fusion of in-person and virtual .

Q. Will we be able to have baptisms?

A. Yes, we we have hard three baptisms so far in 2021.

Q. Can we have a baby dedication?

A. Yes, please contact us.

Q. What about Wednesday midday and evening Prayer Meetings?

Q. Will the Community Friendship Club, Racquet Club & Cooking Classes restart any time soon?

A. Yes, the Racquet Club has started on Monday evenings. The other clubs will follow soon. More details to follow. In the meantime, we have other community activities available online – all free: Bible Book Club, Plant Based Cook-along Classes, Youth Friday Fix, Women’s Forum, and a variety of Singles Events. We have also recently launched a Make Your Own Natural Products Workshop. Look out for more community events on our Events page.

Q. What about other social activities?

A. Not at present. We hope to resume these soon. More details to follow.

Q. What about the Community Kitchen and Foodbank?

A. The Community Kitchen and Foodbank continue to operate under strict COVID-19 rules every Tuesday at 6pm – 7:30pm. We will consider whether we can re-introduce the sit-down meals sometime in the future.

Send us your questions/comments

If you have any further questions or comments about these FAQs, we would love to hear from you.