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Essential good practice guidelines

This area provides the latest information and advice for churches.

We have now published new guidelines for churches after 4 July, which is listed below.  The situation for churches in other parts of the UK may differ.

Further updates will follow as new government advice is issued.


As churches are no longer able to meet together in buildings, we want to encourage and help people to pray, both within our own churches and in the wider community.  Please check out our resource section here to find ideas that could be used to lead people to prayer.

 
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Coronavirus - essential advice for churches (updated 4 August)
The Government has recently updated their advice regarding coronavirus. More ...
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Coronavirus: Guidance on re-opening Baptist church buildings (updated 4 August)
The government has announced that from 4 July 2020, Places of Worship in England will be permitted to open again for services, in addition to being open for private prayer More ...
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Guideline Leaflet L18: Covid-19 Coronavirus Legal Issues (updated 4 August)
Guidance from our Legal Team on various legal and regulatory issues that have arisen because of the lockdown More ...
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Coronavirus: Guidance on church worship (updated 3 August)
Guidance for churches following the Government announcement that from 4 July 2020, Places of Worship in England will be permitted to open again for services More ...
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New guidance on working from home and returning to the workplace
New guidance is expected this weekend after the Prime Minister’s statement last week about encouraging employers to bring staff back to their normal workplace More ...
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Risk Assessment Template prior to re-opening church buildings (updated 16 July)
Your key legal requirement prior to re-opening is to carry out a risk assessment More ...
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Coronavirus: sample posters (10 July)
Posters to download and print out to use around your church building, to help keep people safe More ...
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Coronavirus advice: Children’s, youth and families ministry (9 July)
The UK Government published guidance on Protective Measures for Out-of-School Settings on 1 July. More ...
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Advice for ministers – pastoral visiting (6 July)
The restrictions on entering other people’s homes have been eased, so that people from no more than 2 different households can now meet indoors in England. More ...
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Coronavirus: A guide for churches as employers (Updated 29 June)
New provisions in place to offer employers financial support in relation to employment costs during the coronavirus pandemic More ...
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Finance letter to churches
We are all aware that we are in extremely unusual times and there is much uncertainty about the future. The closing of our church buildings has had a major impact on our life together and presented challenges to how we operate as a church. More ...
Preschool
Advice on pre-schools (15 May)
Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020 More ...
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Guidance for Independent Examination (14 May)
The Charity Commission has published guidance on the independent examination of charity accounts during the pandemic More ...
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Advice for churches regarding the use of buildings
The Government has published guidance and a FAQs document to provide information on the Government’s roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. More ...
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Covid -19 testing for ministers and other church workers (4 May)
Ministers and other church workers who are showing symptoms can now be tested for Covid-19 More ...
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Pre-schools and Nurseries - 21 April
A message from our Treasurer John Levick, for churches which run their own, or let their premises for, pre-school and nursery provision More ...
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Job Retention Scheme – update on furlough payments
Three important updates about the Job Retention Scheme, including the opening of the HMRC portal for making grant claims. More ...
Counselling
Counselling Support (updated 11 May)
Information for churches, ministers and their families about counselling which is available to them More ...
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Empty buildings checklist (7 April)
Information for churches which have their own building More ...
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Safeguarding: Volunteer Support Services (6 April)
Two new guidance notes for churches offering volunteer support services to their local communities More ...
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Update on DBS ID checks (30 March)
New alternatives to face-to-face document checking More ...
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Coronavirus - advice from Anthony Collins solicitors (updated 26 May)
A briefing at this challenging time for churches who will be supporting members of their church and its community More ...
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Guidance for foodbanks (24 March)
We are aware that a number of our churches host foodbanks or other services for vulnerable people. More ...
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Coronavirus: advice for ministers - pastoral visiting (24 March)
Following the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on Monday 23 March, we have revised our guidelines on pastoral visiting. More ...
SocialMediaGuide
Coronavirus – Using social media with young people (updated 23 March)
The National Safeguarding Team have produced a new safeguarding guideline 'Using social media to engage and communicate with young people within the church'. More ...
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Coronavirus – financial response - delaying payments to HMRC
We have received information from our auditor at the Baptist Union regarding the potential to delay payments to HMRC to alleviate cashflow problems from the current unprecedented situations. More ...
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Church meetings and Covid-19 - updated 20 March
A number of churches were intending to have church meetings or an AGM in the next few weeks and we would suggest that where possible, these meetings should be postponed More ...
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Coronavirus – safeguarding considerations for Baptist churches (updated 25 March)
The months ahead bring all sorts of challenges, and it is important that we don’t overlook the specific needs of those who are vulnerable More ...
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Coronavirus – further financial response - lettings
Following my letters last week giving some guidance on how to deal with you finances now we are not meeting in our church buildings it has become clear that we need to update our guidance particularly around Pre-Schools. More ...
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Coronavirus – financial response for churches
The following is a letter being sent to all Baptists Together Churches by Baptist Union Treasurer John Levick More ...

 
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The Government has recently updated their advice regarding coronavirus.
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The government has announced that from 4 July 2020, Places of Worship in England will be permitted to open again for services, in addition to being open for private prayer
coronagoodpractice
Guidance from our Legal Team on various legal and regulatory issues that have arisen because of the lockdown
coronagoodpractice
Guidance for churches following the Government announcement that from 4 July 2020, Places of Worship in England will be permitted to open again for services
coronagoodpractice
Your key legal requirement prior to re-opening is to carry out a risk assessment
coronagoodpractice
Posters to download and print out to use around your church building, to help keep people safe
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