Our congregation come from varied Christian backgrounds or none at all.
This diversity influences the character of the church, without affecting our Baptist principles.
May's Loose Offerings will go to Christian Aid
Statement on the Coronavirus outbreak
Please note that the Church is now closed until futher notice
Please read the below – we would urge that the following protocols be implemented. They are likely to be updated in future weeks.
- In accordance with government advice we request that people wash their hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds several times a day and in particular after coughing or sneezing, or before preparing food (including communion).
- Please cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze, and put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards.
- Those who have travelled back from a high-risk area (as defined by the UK Government at that time) should self-isolate. We urge members of the church family who self-isolate to let us know this, so that we can find ways of offering appropriate pastoral care during this time.
- We recommend that we restrict physical contact until the outbreak has passed. In particular, those who greet on entry and exit from church will be instructed not to shake hands or offer hugs.
- In addition to our normal cleaning and hygiene procedures, we will instruct our cleaners to wipe all door handles and light switches with disinfectant daily.
- Communion will be operated with individual cups as usual, and cubes of bread, in order to avoid handling by multiple people.
- We will endeavour to have alcohol gel and tissues available in all the public rooms. (This is subject to supplies being available)
How can we respond to this outbreak in a Christ-like way? We should bear in mind that taking sensible precautions is not principally an act of self-protection, but primarily an action designed to protect others who are at risk in our congregation and our community. And we should continue to be open-hearted and attentive to the lonely, the vulnerable and the anxious, both within the church and beyond. Above all, we will face the future (which is always uncertain) with courage and faith in God.
Clean hands, open hearts!
Helen Paynter On behalf of the ministers and deacons 9.3.2020