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Coronavirus

Coronavirus


We want to keep you up-to-date with information and updates about Coronavirus so that you can take appropriate action.
 

On 27 November 2021, the Prime Minister announced new precautionary measures in light of the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in the UK. These focus on rules around international travel, and on the compulsory wearing of face coverings from Tuesday 30 November in shops and on public transport for those not exempt.
 
Updated Government guidance on face coverings does not make it mandatory to wear face coverings in churches in England, though we note the ongoing recommendation that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces. Wearing face coverings remains mandatory in churches in Wales, as it has been throughout 2021.
 
We continue to suggest that it is both sensible and appropriate for churches to take some measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 and we trust churches are already engaged in considering how to make Christmas events accessible and safe for all.  
 
We will monitor the Government guidance and statements in the coming weeks and update our guidance if necessary.
 

Our current advice can be found on our essential guidance page.
 
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Links to all our guidance information
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Document re-written to reflect removal of legal requirement in England from 19 July and the completion of the move to Alert level 0 in Wales from 7 August
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Amendments to incorporate the move to Step 4 in England from 19 July 2021 and move to Alert Level 0 in Wales from 7 August 2021
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Guidance from our Legal Team on various legal and regulatory issues
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We had a special Prayer Broadcast for you coming live from Baptist Union Council in Swanwick. Diane Watts lead us in prayer alongside Tony Peck, Seidel Boanerges, Adrian Semerene and a BSL interpreter
The latest guidance for churches
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A poem by Naomi O'Shea
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Your key legal requirement prior to re-opening is to carry out a risk assessment
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Posters to download and print out to use around your church building, to help keep people safe
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Posters to download and print out to use around your church building, to help keep people safe
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The latest in our continuation of Prayer Broadcasts will feature the Revd Johnny Pozzo. Johnny is Pastor of NMBC in south west London. Johnny will be praying alongside our General Secretary Lynn Green, and one of our BSL Interpreters
A reminder that the employer contributions are changing for July, August and September
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A series of poems by Chris Roe
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The latest in our continuation of Prayer Broadcasts featured Revd Paul Revill. Paul prayed alongside our General Secretary Lynn Green, and a BSL interpreter
A reflection by Gary Clayton, Copywriter and Editor at Mission Aviation Fellowship
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By Rae Morfin of Transforming Lives for Good (TLG), who has been leading the Emotional Rollercoaster training across our Associations
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A hymn by Michael Forster celebrating the founding and work of the NHS, written in 1998 and updated in 2021
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The safeguarding considerations for churches as we start to see restrictions being relaxed
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The latest in our continuation of Prayer Broadcasts featured Cathy Bunting, Minister at Laird Street Baptist Church, praying alongside Lynn Green and a BSL interpreter
All churches that employ staff (other than a Minister) need to read this leaflet
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The latest in our continuation of Prayer Broadcasts featured Linda Hopkins, Minister of Waterloo United Free Church, Liverpool, alongside Lynn Green and a BSL interpreter.
Two updated guidance notes for churches offering volunteer support services to their local communities
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A prayer written by Baptist minister Nick Fawcett, a devotional and reflective writer
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A reflective poem written by Gary Clayton, Copywriter and Editor at Mission Aviation Fellowship
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A prayer written by Patrick Coghlan
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Churches can bring comfort to millions with bereavement care backup
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The latest in our continuation of Prayer Broadcasts featured Matt Noble and his team from City Life Church, Truro. Matt and his team prayed alongside Lynn Green and a BSL Interpreter
A prayer written by hospital chaplain Amanda Pink
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A reflective lament written by hospital chaplain Amanda Pink
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A prayer poem written by hospital chaplain Amanda Pink
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Regional Minister Phil Jump has written this simple prayer for all our vital frontline keyworkers at this challenging time
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As Covid-19 threatens to overwhelm our health service and continues to inflict pain and loss, we stand together with many others and renew our commitment to sustained prayer.
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The latest in our series of Prayer Broadcasts featured Andy Glover and members of the Fresh Streams Leadership Team alongside General Secretary Lynn Green. The Prayer Broadcast was simultaneously streamed to the Fresh Streams Online Conference.
Advising churches to close when we are (in England) legally permitted to worship is a strong, even controversial, line for the Specialist Teams to take.
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New furlough scheme rules and removal of retention bonus
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This second climate webinar timed around Climate Sunday investigates a new worship resource called Doxecology. We were joined by Joel Payne and Sam Hargreaves, two of the resource's originators.
Dave Gregory and Rachel Mander, lead us in exploring why we should be concerned about climate change and what Baptist churches can do collectively to reflect the gospel in their approach to the environment.
Practical guidance and tips for those continuing to use digital platforms for worship and outreach. With Mike Lowe, BUGB National Communications Manager, and Ben Stacey from Plugged-In Audio Visual.
Roy Searle and Lesley MacLean, both advocates of a Celtic spirituality, will be helping us think what Celtic Christians who went long before us might have to say about our presently changing world and our new patterns of mission and ministry.
A guided quiet day, led by Geoff Colmer and Beth Powney. Each hour will begin with some input to guide personal reflection and prayer over the remainder of the hour.
Due to the Coronavirus, this year's Assembly has been postponed
Guidance for churches during the Coronavirus pandemic
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A time to walk with Jesus and to hear God’s story revealed
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Communicating well with your church and local community
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