COVID-19 UPDATE AND GUIDANCE

We’ve been closely monitoring the latest situation surrounding Coronavirus and following advice given by Public Health England and want to assure you that we are taking all appropriate measures to ensure our whole church family is kept safe.

Please head to our CHURCH ONLINE page to join us for our next virtual gathering.

UPDATE AS OF 17TH MARCH 2020

In this current unprecedented time surrounding COVID-19 and new government guidelines for social distancing set out on 16th March 2020 we are taking time this week to pray and prepare for what church life will look like. Most home groups have now decided not to meet (or are doing so online) and based on advice from Public Health England we will not be gathering for our Sunday service this week. This is likely to be the case for sometime.

Here are five important things to remember.

  1. Faith over fear. Jesus repeatedly asked his disciples ‘where is your faith?’
  2. Peace over panic. We don’t operate out of frenzy or selfishness but from a place of knowing God is still on the throne and still in control.
  3. Prayer for protection. Over recent weeks we have had early mornings to pray for protection and we must press in even more now.
  4. Gains and growth. In times of crisis and pressure we have the chance to grow. God’s Spirit lives in us and this may be a time of greater intimacy and growth for each one of us.
  5. Ready to respond. We have an opportunity to respond in love to those in need around us. Practically, emotionally and spiritually we can be the body of Christ to a hurting world.

Let’s remember our mission is to love God, be family together and to reach the world around us for Jesus and that doesn’t stop in this season. As we’ve been thinking on Sunday’s since January, ‘We Are The Church’. It is not our new building or services or events, but the people of God, living out the purposes of God. To listen back to the series of talks so far, go here.

We are working on ways in which we can gather virtually, meeting digitally rather physically and also on how we can best support those most vulnerable among us. There are several creative ideas coming together for how we can be good neighbours to those around us, seizing the opportunity to show the love of God, build connections and bring hope. We are the church – this is our responsibility and call.

We will be in touch later this week with a more specific update of how each one of us can stay connected and play our part at this time.


UPDATE 13TH MARCH 2020

At present we are continuing to meet in all our normal ways but if you are especially vulnerable or over the age of 70 then you will need to consider whether attending services, groups and events is healthy for you. As much as we’d love to meet with you, your health and safety is vital so please follow the most appropriate wisdom listed here.

WHEN TO SELF-ISOLATE AND STAY HOME

If you have a new persistent cough and/or fever you should self-isolate for seven days (you do not need to contact any health care professional). If conditions worsen please contact 111 for what you should do next.

If you have recently travelled from abroad, please ensure you are following all the latest FCO advice.

If you suspect any symptoms of Coronavirus please do not come to church, but do let your group or team leader know so we can be aware to be able to support, pray and communicate with you.

PRECAUTIONS FOR WHEN WE MEET

As the situation stands it does now mean restricting some level of physical contact. Some of these measures may seem strange or extreme, but it is all in an attempt to protect those most vulnerable so your corporation is greatly valued. In particular:

  • Please ensure you are washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap more frequently than usual. We’re doing all we can to have the right facilities available.
  • On Sunday, even though we will be in our new building, everyone will be led through the Lighthouse foyer area and asked to wash their hands before continuing.
  • We will not be shaking hands or hugging when we gather. Our welcome teams will make sure you feel as welcome as possible with smiles and ‘air’ greetings.
  • All food and drink will be prepared and handled with extra care and all areas cleaned thoroughly.

Please keep an eye on this page for all the latest updates on the situation. We will do our best to keep you informed as soon as possible.

For now, we look forward to seeing you Sunday.

COVID-19 UPDATE AND GUIDANCE

We’ve been closely monitoring the latest situation surrounding Coronavirus and following advice given by Public Health England and want to assure you that we are taking all appropriate measures to ensure our whole church family is kept safe.

Please head to our CHURCH ONLINE page to join us for our next virtual gathering.

UPDATE AS OF 17TH MARCH 2020

In this current unprecedented time surrounding COVID-19 and new government guidelines for social distancing set out on 16th March 2020 we are taking time this week to pray and prepare for what church life will look like. Most home groups have now decided not to meet (or are doing so online) and based on advice from Public Health England we will not be gathering for our Sunday service this week. This is likely to be the case for sometime.

Here are five important things to remember.

  1. Faith over fear. Jesus repeatedly asked his disciples ‘where is your faith?’
  2. Peace over panic. We don’t operate out of frenzy or selfishness but from a place of knowing God is still on the throne and still in control.
  3. Prayer for protection. Over recent weeks we have had early mornings to pray for protection and we must press in even more now.
  4. Gains and growth. In times of crisis and pressure we have the chance to grow. God’s Spirit lives in us and this may be a time of greater intimacy and growth for each one of us.
  5. Ready to respond. We have an opportunity to respond in love to those in need around us. Practically, emotionally and spiritually we can be the body of Christ to a hurting world.

Let’s remember our mission is to love God, be family together and to reach the world around us for Jesus and that doesn’t stop in this season. As we’ve been thinking on Sunday’s since January, ‘We Are The Church’. It is not our new building or services or events, but the people of God, living out the purposes of God. To listen back to the series of talks so far, go here.

We are working on ways in which we can gather virtually, meeting digitally rather physically and also on how we can best support those most vulnerable among us. There are several creative ideas coming together for how we can be good neighbours to those around us, seizing the opportunity to show the love of God, build connections and bring hope. We are the church – this is our responsibility and call.

We will be in touch later this week with a more specific update of how each one of us can stay connected and play our part at this time.


 

UPDATE 13TH MARCH 2020

At present we are continuing to meet in all our normal ways but if you are especially vulnerable or over the age of 70 then you will need to consider whether attending services, groups and events is healthy for you. As much as we’d love to meet with you, your health and safety is vital so please follow the most appropriate wisdom listed here.

WHEN TO SELF-ISOLATE AND STAY HOME

If you have a new persistent cough and/or fever you should self-isolate for seven days (you do not need to contact any health care professional). If conditions worsen please contact 111 for what you should do next.

If you have recently travelled from abroad, please ensure you are following all the latest FCO advice.

If you suspect any symptoms of Coronavirus please do not come to church, but do let your group or team leader know so we can be aware to be able to support, pray and communicate with you.

PRECAUTIONS FOR WHEN WE MEET

As the situation stands it does now mean restricting some level of physical contact. Some of these measures may seem strange or extreme, but it is all in an attempt to protect those most vulnerable so your corporation is greatly valued. In particular:

  • Please ensure you are washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap more frequently than usual. We’re doing all we can to have the right facilities available.
  • On Sunday, even though we will be in our new building, everyone will be led through the Lighthouse foyer area and asked to wash their hands before continuing.
  • We will not be shaking hands or hugging when we gather. Our welcome teams will make sure you feel as welcome as possible with smiles and ‘air’ greetings.
  • All food and drink will be prepared and handled with extra care and all areas cleaned thoroughly.

Please keep an eye on this page for all the latest updates on the situation. We will do our best to keep you informed as soon as possible.

For now, we look forward to seeing you Sunday.