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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.
 
In light of the introduction of national lockdown in England from 5 January and the ongoing ‘alert level 4’ introduced across Wales on 20 December, we strongly encourage churches not to open their buildings for in-person meeting if at all possible.

We recognise that the both UK and Welsh Government guidelines allow churches to remain open during this period. However, given the significant increase in numbers of Covid-19 infections and pressure on the NHS, we advise churches to stand with the wider community in making every effort to limit the spread of the virus.

We would still support churches as they open their buildings to provide vital services to the local community, such as food banks, as has been the case throughout the pandemic.

We know that geographical contexts differ across both England and Wales and we are aware that the decision lies with the local church. Nonetheless we are mindful of the pressure church leaders are under and the greater risk taken by all those involved in hosting open buildings for whom we have a duty of care.

This is a changing situation and we very much hope this will be our advice for only a short period. Resources and sermons for inclusion in online services will continue to be shared through the national and regional team websites.

We stand together in the hope we have in Christ and we are praying for all at this difficult time.
 


Our current advice can be found on our essential guidance page.

There is also more information regarding the Government’s furlough scheme in the Churches as Employers guide.
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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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Links to all our guidance information
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Updated to reflect the introduction of National Lockdowns in England and Wales
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Guidance for churches following the Government's latest announcements
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The UK Government published guidance on Protective Measures for Out-of-School Settings on 1 July.
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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.
Guidance from our Legal Team on various legal and regulatory issues
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The latest guidance for ministers
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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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The latest and the last in our series of Prayer Broadcasts featured Geoff Colmer. He is the Regional Minister Team Leader of the Central Baptist Association and future Baptist President, and prayed alongside Lynn Green and a BSL interpreter.
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The latest in our series of Prayer Broadcasts featured Gavin Calver, CEO of the Evangelical Alliance. He prayed alongside General Secretary Lynn Green and one of our BSL interpreters
The latest in our series of Prayer Broadcasts featured Sandra Crawford, Minster at Leyland Baptist Church, Lancashire, and Messy Church Minister at Wigan Baptist Church. Sandra will prayed alongside Lynn Green and one of our BSL interpreters.
The latest in our series of Prayer Broadcasts featured Karen Martindale, Administrator and Company Secretary of HEBA alongside our General Secretary Lynn Green and one of our BSL interpreters.
The latest in our series of Prayer Broadcasts featured Cole Maynard, Minster at Colchester Baptist Church with General Secretary Lynn Green and one of our BSL interpreters.
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The latest in our series of Prayer Broadcasts featured Rev David Mayne, Lead Pastor at Shoeburness and Thorpe Bay Baptist Church, alongside General Secretary Lynn Green
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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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The latest in our series of Prayer Broadcasts featured Jonathan Somerville, Senior Pastor of Woodford Baptist Church in London, praying alongside General Secretary Lynn Green, and the broadcast a BSL interpreter.
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.
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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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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.
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New provisions in place to offer employers financial support in relation to employment costs during the coronavirus pandemic
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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.
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