Cleaning team – volunteers needed

Rev Rob Grinsell

Dear church family,

In order for a church to remain open, every church is required to clean the building after use. Most churches have opted for a volunteer cleaning team. 

Our own cleaning team is required for the church as we phase in the reopening, starting this Sunday. This is a humble but important task as the cleaning team enables the church to stay open.

What do I need to know about safety?

PPE is not required, masks are at individual discretion but social distancing should be adhered to at all times. If the building is cleaned after 72 hours from use, it is a minimal risk and according to the guidelines it is unlikely the virus is present. However, anyone who is considered vulnerable and with an underlying health condition are still advised not assist in cleaning at this time.

What needs cleaning?

As the church will not be used between services at this stage and will be unused for 72 hours, it will not need to be disinfected. We are only asking volunteers to provide a routine clean using usual cleaning products.

The building needs to be clear of paper and simplified to reduce cleaning requirements. Certain parts of the building such as the band area and the counter and kitchen area have been given restricted assess and therefore do not need to be cleaned. (They can be dusted and cleaned as they would be under normal circumstances). The cleaning required is therefore only the surfaces which are touched regularly, busy areas, and the toilet area. Fabrics can be sprayed with a light disinfectant solution and carpet vacuumed.

When do we start?

Please contact me if you are interested in helping, even if it’s only for a short time. I will then inform you of the start time and rota. The cleaning will need to take place from Wednesday afternoons onwards.  

Firstly, a huge thank you to Andrew and Maggie for cleaning of the church in normal times. Thank you so much for those of you who have offered to help already. However, with more volunteers we can have a rota system and the burden of cleaning the church each week will not fall on just a few people.

All the advice above is in line with the most recent guidance from government and Church of England policy, ‘Keeping Church Buildings Clean’.