We are a small Baptist church of 36

members located in Dunamanagh,

Co. Tyrone amongst the picturesque

foothills of the Sperrin mountains, in the

Dennett valley.

Church services have been temporarily suspended in the building during

the current government covid-19 lock down restrictions.

However, our weekly services can still be viewed at our

Facebook page and on our Youtube channel.

Arrangements for Re-Opening Church

13th July 2020

While it is the sincere desire of all members to return to physical fellowship together as soon as possible no- one should feel under pressure to attend the services/meeting if this presents a problem to their safety or the safety of anyone else.

Current Government advice states no-one should come to church

  • If they are feeling unwell.This is a .If the symptoms are specifically Covid-19 like they should self-isolate with their household for 14 days.

  • If they have been told by the contact tracing service not to attend.They too must self- isolate with their household for 14 days even if they have no symptoms.

  • If they have received medical advice to shield (clinically extremely vulnerable).This too is a .

  • If they are caring for someone who fits any of the categories above.

  • If they are over 70 – this is stated as .

  • If anyone who has attended a service displays Covid-19 like symptoms services/meetings will be cancelled for 14 days.

 

Preparation for coming to church on Sunday morning

  • Use the toilet before leaving the house..

  • Bring your own bible.Church bibles will not be available for the foreseeable future.

  • It is strongly advised that masks are worn indoors.Those with health conditions that affects airways / lungs and young children are exempted from this.

 

On Arrival 

  1. Everyone is very welcome but as we must observe social distancing there can be no handshakes or hugs etc.Children should stay with parents.

  2. Please clean hands with hand sanitizer on entry and as you exit.

  3. Go directly to your seat in the Meeting House.A deacon will advise you about this, sit in your area and do not move around.Seats will be at least 1.6m apart.

  4. Members who intend to stay for the breaking of bread should collect the elements from the tray on the left as they enter the Meeting House.

Leaving

  1. When the service concludes those present will exit from the seats closest to the door first – row by row as instructed by the deacons.

  2. Please leave immediately.If you want to talk do so outside (socially distanced).

 

Members should inform the deacons a minimum of 24 hours in advance if they are coming to a

meeting so that seating can be confirmed and visitors allowed for.

 

Sunday evening services will continue to be streamed on Facebook and U tube for the foreseeable future.

Tuesday Night Bible Study & Prayer Meeting

  • Use the toilet before leaving the house..

  • Bring your own bible.Church bibles will not be available for the foreseeable future.

  • It is strongly advised that masks are worn indoors.Those with health conditions that affects airways / lungs are exempted from this as are children under the age of 13.

On Arrival 

  1. Everyone is very welcome but as we must observe social distancing.There can be no handshakes or hugs etc.

  2. Clean hands with hand sanitizer on entry and as you exit.

  3. Please go directly to your seat in the Youth Hall. A deacon will advise you about this, sit in your area and do not move around.Seats will be at least 1.6m apart.

 

Leaving

  1. When the service concludes those present will exit from the seats closest to the door first – row by row as instructed by the deacons.

  2. Please leave immediately.If you want to talk do so outside (socially distanced).

 

Other points to note

  • The building will be ventilated as much as possible by keeping doors open.Those attending should dress for draughts!

  • The heating will operate to keep the building as warm as possible.

  • Screens will separate the pulpit and computer desk from the congregation.

  • A record of all who attend each meeting will be kept for contact tracing purposes.

  • Rooms used will be cleaned after each use.Deep cleaning is not necessary if a room has not been used within 72 hours. Surfaces to be cleaned include – tables, seats, pulpit, light switches, doors – especially handle, sound desk etc.

  • The lending library won’t operate for the foreseeable future.

  • Churches do not need supplies of PPE but separate microphones must be used if more than one person is speaking.

  • All taps have been run for 20 mins to clean out the system.

  • Despite our best endeavours to keep toilets clean you are safer not in them.Anyone who has to use the toilet must clean the seat and flush handle with sanitizer wipes.Cubicle locks should also be cleaned with sanitizer after every use.Wipes should be placed in the bin provided.Do not flush down the toilet as this may block the drains.Only one cubicle will be operational in each toilet.The toilet in the flat will not be operational.Parents should accompany children to the toilets to ensure the cleaning regime is observed.

  • There will be no singing for the foreseeable future.

  • No refreshments will be served for the foreseeable future.

  • Offerings for the Lord’s work function as normal.Those taking them out of the offering basket should wear gloves.

  • These details are on our website and have been sent to members on WhatsApp.

 

Practical Arrangements

  1. Sunday morning – Visiting preacher comes to morning services.  We will read Psalms, pray, listen to the preaching of God’s word and play hymns with the words displayed on screen but not sung.  The morning service will be recorded live and streamed afterwards to those who can’t attend.  This will also maintain contact with non-members who may want to watch.  We can’t offer visiting preacher hospitality.  Preachers who cannot be present will be streamed onto the screen.  Lord’s Table – each person has their own elements (supplied at entry).  A member leads by reading and commenting from the scriptures (no open time of worship) and calls for a member to pray giving thanks for the sacrifice of Christ. Sunday School will recommence via Zoom in the near future.

 

  1. Tuesday evening – continue to use Ligonier bible studies.  View study before coming.  Meeting begins at 8.00 pm.  A member leads by commenting on the study and we can discuss - then have a time of prayer.  The first Tuesday of each month will be an exclusive prayer time as before.

 

These measures will be subject to change based on practical experience and updated government guidelines.

Map & Directions

 

                                                                                

The Church premises are located along the Berryhill Road (B49) very close to the centre of the village.

We are located about 60m from the centre of the village on the left hand side, travelling towards Strabane.

 

From Belfast approximately 70 miles (1 hour 35 minutes ) :

Take the Claudy turn off from the main Belfast to Londonderry road ( A2 ). When you arrive in the centre of Claudy village cross over the main street junction and follow the signs for Donemana ( B49 ) Then you will travel for approximately 8 miles before you reach Donemana.

 

From Omagh approximately 20 miles ( 40mins ) :

Take the Gortin Road out of Omagh. When you arrive in Gortin go across the staggered junction and continue along B48 towards Plumbridge. After arriving in Plumbridge turn left once over the bridge and take the next right which is signposted Donemana ( B48 ).

 

From Londonderry approximately 13 miles ( 20 minutes ) :

Take the A5 road towards Omagh, Strabane. After several miles you will come to the village of Newbuildings. At the traffic lights turn left. You are now on the B48 which will take you to Donemana.

 

From Strabane approximately 8 miles ( 15 minutes ) :

Take the A5 towards Londonderry. As you are leaving the edge of Strabane there is a turn to the right for Artigarvan and Donemana along the B49. Follow this road straight through Artigarvan and you will come to Donemana.