COVID-19 UPDATE

 

1. KEEP SUNDAY SERVICES SAFE
2. UPDATE ON EVENTS & MINISTRIES
3. LOOK TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY

‘This page was last updated on: Sunday 29th August 2021

Throughout all the information listed below, please do continue to also follow NHS health guidelines

‘God is our refuge and strength, our very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…’
(Psalm 46:1)

 

 

LATEST COVID-19 UPDATE VIDEO: JULY 2021

#COVID-19 SAFETY INFORMATION #

# COVID-19 SAFETY INFORMATION #Whenever you meet in-person with others please follow the below Covid-19 Safety Information. Throughout all the information listed below please also continue to follow NHS health guidelines.

GENERAL:

# Do not meet with others if you:
– Feel unwell *
– Show or have shown any symptoms of or similar to COVID-19 (or have been in close contact with someone who has) within the last 14 days *
– Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (or been in close contact with someone who has) within the last 14 days *
– Have been asked to self-isolate under the NHS Test and Trace scheme.
* We suggest you get a test and stay at home.

Please remember that you can still watch our Sunday Gatherings and make contact with people in your group online.

# At any time we reserve the right to undertake a temperature test on you using a no-contact thermometer. If the temperature test indicates that your temperature is in the ‘high’ category range, you will not be admitted into any indoor venue space and will be advised to take a test and stay at home.

# If you have any accessibility or other requirements, please contact us or include the details within the ‘notes’ section of your booking so that we can review suitable support options.

# If you test positive for COVID-19 after coming along to an in-person Gathering or event at Riverside it’s important that you contact us as soon as possible.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: SUNDAY GATHERINGS

# Before you attend you must sign-up online. (You can read about how we use your data in our Privacy Policy). August Update: You can now sign-up until 9am on a Sunday morning but tickets will still be available on a first come first served basis.

# You will need to let us know the details of everyone you are coming with, including any children, within your booking and everyone coming will need their own ticket.

# If you need to cancel your tickets please do so online or contact us as soon as possible to allow others time to sign-up.

# For the consideration of others we are still asking that everyone over the age of 11 to wear a mask at all times while inside unless they have a recognised reason not to (please simply let the steward know if that is the case).

# Please arrive promptly to allow enough time for check-in.

# Riverside House – Please arrive via the REAR entrance of Riverside House (via the side car cark off Augusta Road). Please do not try to enter via the front door.

# Riverside House – We are unfortunately still unable to offer refreshments.

GROUPS: MEETING TOGETHER IN-PERSON

As the Covid-19 restrictions continue to be opened up many of us are enjoying the freedom of being able to meet in-person with our Life Group and/or Community Group (or in another group setting) more regularly and  in larger numbers. However, whenever you meet with others at Riverside please do continue to follow our Covid-19 Safety Information (See above). 

SUNDAY GATHERINGS:
Details about how people can join-in with our Sunday Gatherings in-person can be obtained from our Gatherings Page

NOT PART OF A GROUP?
If you are not currently part of a group and would like to be connected for communication and support, please contact us and someone from our pastoral staff at Riverside House will be in touch as soon as possible. We would love to hear from you. 

GROUPS: MEETING TOGETHER ONLINE

Many of us are now gathering together in our groups more frequently in-person, and in larger numbers. However, we know that being physically apart and therefore needing to meet online is still needed or preferred by some people. 

Indeed, meeting both in-person and online will remain part of our ongoing vision. 

We therefore continuing to encourage our Life Groups and Community Groups to be really creative in how they support and reach out in love to each other and those in our neighbourhoods both in-person and online.

SUNDAY GATHERINGS:
Details about how people can join-in with our Sunday Gatherings online can be obtained from our Gatherings Page.

MEETING TOGETHER VIA ZOOM:
There are many video calling applications available but in addition to WhatsApp a commonly used application across our groups at Riverside is ‘Zoom’.

Free Zoom method:

  1. Invite group members to download the Zoom app (details of how to download the app and use it can be found below).
  2. Agree with everyone what time the group will be.
  3. You can either send out a meeting link a few days before to each small group or the host can invite each member of their group live, at the time of the call.
  4. Finally, hosts should launch their small group Zoom call slightly earlier than the agreed time so that they can prepare (ensure their mic and video is working, get comfy etc) and are ready for when others join the call or need to be invited

How to use the Zoom app:

Download the Zoom app via the app store or visit https://zoom.us/

  • Create an account using your email address
  • Click the orange tab ‘New Meeting’ and then click ‘Start New Meeting’
  • Click ‘Participants’ and add your group using their contact number to the chat.

Helpful videos of how to use Zoom can also be found through Zoom’s YouTube channel.

NOT PART OF A GROUP?
If you are not currently part of a group and would like to be connected for communication and support, please contact us and someone from our pastoral staff at Riverside House will be in touch as soon as possible.

EVENTS & MINISTRIES

NEW HERE?
If you are new to Riverside Church please know that all of our events that are available at this time can be viewed on our church calendar.

MEMBER INFORMATION:
If you have any questions about an event please contact your team leader in the first instance. They will be able to confirm if you are meeting or any changes to times/locations etc. However, please remember that up-to-date and tailored information for you is available within your ‘My ChurchSuite’ account and information is also available in your weekly church bulletin (Outlook). If you are not currently receiving Outlook or need help accessing your ‘My ChurchSuite’ account please contact:communications@riverside-church.org.uk

SPOTTED WRONG/MISSING INFORMATION?
If you have notice event information that is wrong or missing please contact the event organiser/team leader using the contact details in the event description. If this information is not listed please contact us and we will update the information as soon as possible. Thank You

NOT PART OF A GROUP?
If you are not currently part of a group and would like to be connected for communication and support, please contact us and someone from our pastoral staff at Riverside House will be in touch as soon as possible. We would love to hear from you.

PRAYER & SUPPORT

PRAYER:
We encourage you to pray in your homes each Wednesday evening around 8pm. A weekly prayer and pastoral update will be sent round those in the church. If you are not receiving these please contact us.

PASTORAL SUPPORT:
If you require specific support from our pastoral team, please contact your Life Group Leader or Community Group Leader or someone else from your group in the first instance. If you aren’t in a group at Riverside, or need anything else please do contact us

HOW TO GIVE ONLINE:
If you would like to contribute financially to Riverside Church:
# Website– Simply visit (or scan the QR code that will appear on screen during our online service).
# e-mail – To set-up a standing order please email info@riverside-church.org.uk
# SMS/TXT – You can also give by txt ‘RIVERSIDE GIVE’ to: 07380 307 800 and an amount and use ‘m’ or ‘w’ to make it monthly or weekly. i.e. RIVERSIDE GIVE 10 / RIVERSIDE GIVE 20w / RIVERSIDE GIVE 50m. We will then text you back immediately with a link to follow and a quick form to complete.

FOODBANKS:
You can now donate food each Sunday during our in-person gatherings at Riverside House. Otherwise, we encourage you to donate food via your local street or supermarket collections. Online financial donations can also be given via www.trusselltrust.org.