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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.
 
Following the announcement of a lockdown in England from 5 November, places of worship will be closed, unless they are being used for:
- Funerals
- To broadcast acts of worship
- Individual prayer
- Formal childcare or where part of a school
- Essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food banks
- Other exempted activities such as some support groups

We know that all the information and risk assessments and advice updates issued in the past few weeks can feel quite overwhelming.  We have certainly never walked this way before, but we walk together down new paths, in the grace and strength of our Lord.

We are praying for you as you continue to pick your way through this strange land; we pray for the peace of our Triune God to rest on you and your church community.  


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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The Government has recently updated their advice regarding coronavirus.
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Guidance for churches following the Government 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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The latest in our series of Prayer Broadcasts will feature Lucy Tiller, intern at JPIT and Jayne Franklin, Restore Team Leader and CAP Centre Manager. Praying alongside Lynn Green and a BSL interpreter.
he latest in our series of Prayer Broadcasts will feature Gavin Calver, CEO of the Evangelical Alliance, praying 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.
Updated to reflect the National Lockdown restrictions in England from 5 November until 2 December 2020.
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Guidance from our Legal Team on various legal and regulatory issues that have arisen because of the lockdown
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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.
Guidance including of impact of lockdown restrictions in England
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The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) - also known as the Furlough scheme - will remain open until the beginning of December.
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The Chancellor has announced that a new Job Support Scheme will be launched with effect from 1 November 2020
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The latest in our series of Prayer Broadcasts featured Steve Chalke, Senior minister of Oasis Church Waterloo, central London, alongside Lynn Green and a BSL interpreter.
Resources to help in planning your Advent and Christmas services this year
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The latest in our series of Prayer Broadcasts featured Roger Sutton, a Baptist minister and leader of the GATHER movement, Praying alongside Diane Watts and a BSL interpreter
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
The latest in our series of Prayer Broadcasts featured Charlotte Henard and Ben Jones from The Well, Sheffield, praying alongside Lynn Green and one of our BSL interpreters
The latest in our series of Prayer Broadcasts featured Andrew Waugh, Senior Pastor at Stockton Baptist Church. Andrew prayed alongside General Secretary Lynn and Di one of our BSL interpreters
The latest in our series of Prayer Broadcasts featured Hany Abdelmasih, Baptist minister in London, Church pastor in Canada and Regional Minister for the LBA. Hany prayed alongside General Secretary Lynn Green, and a BSL Interpreter.
The latest in our series of Prayer Broadcasts did not include a special guest from our Baptist Family to pray alongside Lynn (our General Secretary). Instead Lynn lead us in reflections and prayer from her home alongside one of our BSL interpreters.
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.
The latest in our series of Prayer Broadcasts featured Rachel Mander, who, alongside working for the charities Hope for the Future and A Rocha International, Rachel is a part of YCCN (Young Christian Climate Network) which launched last month.
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.
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.
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.
How did Paul preach the kingdom ‘boldly and without hindrance’ whilst under arrest? Simon Jones from Spurgeon’s College and Andrew Clarke from the Baptist Union of Scotland, will be in conversation.
Simon Barrington from Forge Leadership Consultancy and Simon Harris will be talking us through the typical path a church, community or even country follows when hit by a crisis.
A series of webinars exploring key themes from contextual mission and the lessons they offer to the wider church beyond lockdown
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A new song for today by Jack Robertson and Alan Penman
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How do we share our faith when we are so restricted in the contact we can have with others? Chris Duffett, Yinka Oyekan and Faith Phiri explore this question, and how creativity and this year's vision work with restrictions
The latest in our Webinar Series was about 'Supporting those facing domestic abuse'. Rachel Stone, HR and Safeguarding Team Leader BUGB, was in conversation with Bekah Legg, Director of the charity 'Restored'.
How do we support those facing loss of loved ones, jobs, and security when meeting them is difficult? This webinar explores the ways we can support the many who are facing bereavement and loss in all its forms.
Rev Prof Paul Fiddes from Regent's Park College explored what it means to be church when we cannot physically gather. How can we embody Christ when our contact with each other and our community is virtual?
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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