Coronavirus and the Church
We await expectantly the next Government announcement on the easing of Covid restrictions, this July. We hope after then, to begin the journey back to a full opening of the chapel. We don't envisage this will be accomplished all at once. We think a gradual easing of restrictions will feel more comfortable to our congregation. There will be more on this as soon as we know more.
Easing of restrictions.
Update on Guidelines for church services from 19th July.
From the BU website…..
" On 19 July, the UK Government confirmed the move to step 4 of their Covid-19 recovery roadmap. This removes the vast majority of the previous legal requirements. Nevertheless, as infections continue to rise, the Government recommends continuing caution. Good ventilation, diligence in hygiene, wearing a face covering in enclosed and crowded spaces, and minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts with those we do not live with, are all noted as beneficial behaviours.
In the light of this, we
recommend that it is both sensible and appropriate for churches to continue to take some
measures to limit the spread of Covid-19"
Following their advice, and consideration of the local and national situations, the deacons and members have agreed the following:
• Booking in will not be required, but QR Code can still be used
• Seating will be moved slightly nearer ..but no less than one metre..to accommodate some more spaces downstairs
• Sitting in family groups is recommended
• Screens will be retained at the front for singers, but not for speakers/readers
• Hand sanitiser stations to remain
• Windows/doors to remain open as much as possible
• Tea coffee to be served in take away cups, outside when possible, encouraging space
• For now, we strongly recommend that we all continue to wear masks out of courtesy and consideration for the protection of others.
• Congregational singing is now allowed, but it is recommended that masks are worn, and volume levels are kept controlled, as the louder we sing the more risk there is that particles are spread through the air
• Regular fogging of toilets and coffee shop area to be carried out.
• Measures to be reviewed each month in the light of the local situation, and the church risk assessment to be updated regularly.
you for your understanding as we move forward
Our services will continue 'on line', being aired on Utube. Just search for Carleton Rode Baptist Church in the Utube app.
Bible passages which you might find useful to reflect on are listed below:
"For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you. Do not fear; I will help you." ( Isaiah 41:13
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear" (Psalm 46:1-2)
"The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1)
There are very comprehensive Bible Apps which you might find useful and you can download them from the websites shown below:
https://www.youversion.com/products/. This one lets you download different versions of the Bible, and also do Bible study plans.
Another is "The Discovery Bible App for Android and iPhone. This one allows discipleship groups to explore the Bible for themselves. Find it on https://discoverapp.org/.
We have a Facebook page ,to see this go to https://www.facebook.com/.carletonrodebc/.