Coronavirus Update (as at 17 March 2020)

The Government has recently updated their advice regarding coronavirus.  More detail can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
 

Church services and activities: practical advice

Faith groups have now been advised by the Government to avoid meeting physically to help halt the spread of the Coronavirus. This applies not only to Sunday services but all associated gatherings throughout the week, such as house groups, and Baptists Together is urging churches to follow Government advice

 

  • Prayer as individuals and as a fellowship will continue to be our primary focus at this time, although we may have to develop novel ways of doing this. More information to follow. 

  • Sunday morning services and our monthly evening Encounter service are cancelled until further notice. We are looking urgently to do something on line for those with computers, tablets and smartphones.

  • Life Groups are also suspended.

  • The AGM / church meeting is moved provisionally to the 17th June.

  • Youth clubs are cancelled until further notice.

  • All external bookings up to the end of June will be cancelled.

  • No further external bookings will be taken until the situation has settled down.

  • Anthony our Pastor will now be working predominantly from home. Pastoral visits will only be for exceptional / emergency reasons. (We are developing alternative methods to care for everyone).

  • Please don't leave messages on the church office phone as this will only be checked occasionally.

Update as at 14 March 2020

With immediate effect and for the foreseeable future:-

  • Toddlers is cancelled 

  • Time for God and Pop In is cancelled

  • Refreshments after services are suspended 

  • Simply walk will put out there own notices but there wont be refreshments afterwards provided by the church

  • Youth club will continue at the moment but with no refreshments

  • Messy church is cancelled

  • Easter cracked with the schools will be cancelled

  • Encounter will continue but with no refreshments

  • Monday morning prayers will continue but we will increase the personal spacing - please consider coming and standing in prayer with us. 

  • Anyone returning from a holiday abroad to a country with any cases will be requested not to attend any church activities for 2 weeks from the date they return

  • External groups using our facilities will be reviewed on a case by case basis but no refreshments or food will be permitted because of the risk of passing on the virus. 

 

We now have hand sanitiser which all attendees will be offered and we hope everyone will take advantage of this facility. (Hand washing is still best). There will be offering boxes available so as offertory bags don't need to be passed around. 

Further action taken will be posted here as it becomes recommended. 

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Based on the World Health Organisation’s declaration that this is a public health emergency of international concern, the threat posed has been assessed by the Chief Medical Officer as ‘moderate’. This permits the Government to plan for all eventualities.

 

Current advice from Public Health England updated on Tuesday 25th February 2020

Whilst in places of worship, there is no need to avoid other worshippers who are well or to change normal faith practices. Public Health England recommends that you should take usual infection prevention precautions including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

  • If you feel unwell, stay at home, do not attend work, school or church

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment

  • It is also best practice for churches to have hand-sanitisers available for attendees to use. (We are purchasing relevant supplies)

 

Advice has also been issued to travellers who have returned to the UK from a number of countries.

This list has been revised on 25th February and now includes parts of Northern Italy.

Anyone who has returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu

  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

Churches should already be following best-hygiene practices that include advising members with coughs and sneezes to refrain from handshaking.

With Holidays coming up we would as a church request anyone returning from an area with confirmed cases to refrain from attending church and associated activities for 2 weeks as best practice.

We will keep our activities under review and whether they need to be postponed based on latest advice and risk management.

We will try and communicate any changes regarding meetings being cancelled via direct contact, Facebook and the website. Please do keep checking for any updates. If you have any questions please speak to Anthony our Pastor. Updated 04.03.2020

The Common, Holmer Green, HIGH WYCOMBE, HP15 6TD

Tel: 01494 712479

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