COVID-19 UPDATES

 

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

‘This page was last updated on: Monday 16 May 2022

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)

#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.

# When attending ANY in-person event at Riverside, for the consideration and safety of others we are asking everyone to conduct a lateral flow test (LFT) before attending.

# For the consideration and safety of others it is now mandatory that everyone over the age of 11 will need to wear a mask at all times while inside at a Riverside event unless they have a recognised reason not to (please simply let someone know as you arrive if that is the case). (Updated 10 December 2021).

# 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.

SUNDAY GATHERINGS

In addiiton to the Covid-19 safety infomration above:

UPDATE: 18 March 2022: Riverside News
From 27 March you will no longer need to book tickets online before attending our Sunday Gatherings in-person. However, please know that due to the limited space at Riverside House we may need to reintroduce the need to book tickets online if we have issues with capacity. If you attend our Sunday Gatherings at Riverside House without children, can we please ask that you attend the 11:30am service. This will give parents and guardians more opportunities to attend the 10am service when we provide children’s and youth provisions. 

 

# 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

In addiiton to the Covid-19 safety infomration above:

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). 

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.

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

In addiiton to the Covid-19 safety infomration above:

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 Events Page. Please make sure you fill-in a connection card, we woudl love to hear from you.

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 please visit our donations page for further informaiton. 

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.