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Planning for the future


As restrictions begin to be eased, we share some information to help you prepare for the future.

If you have come across other resources which you've found helpful as you plan ahead, please share them with us.

About SpecialistTeams SupportS Coronavirus: Guidance on re-opening Baptist church buildings
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
   
About SpecialistTeams SupportS Risk assessment template prior to re-opening a Baptist church building
Your key legal requirement prior to re-opening is to carry out a risk assessment
   
About SpecialistTeams Ministri Coronavirus: Guidance on church worship
The Government has announced that from 4 July, church buildings in England may be used for worship services, weddings, funerals and private prayer, but only if measures for the safe use of the building are in place.
   
Posters Coronavirus posters
A number of posters are available to download and print out to use around your church building, to help keep people safe.
   
Stained glass800 Scenario planning for an unknown future
Baptist minister Darren Blaney highlights a simple planning tool to enable churches to consider different scenarios and gain useful insights as we emerge from lockdown.
   
Hope What will your church look like after lockdown?
Our partner Hope15:13 (an initiative of Pinner Baptist Church) has produced this simple resource based around 14 questions churches can use to facilitate reflection and discussion
   
AnthonyCollins Churches – time to open the doors safely?
Guidance from Anthony Collins solicitors for church leaders who are thinking about how to reopen their church building safely, once Government restrictions are lifted
   
AndyGlover Should Church Buildings Ever Open Again?
Andy Glover is a Baptist minister at HBC Chester.  He asks, 'Everything has changed in recent weeks… including for the Church.  Should it mean change for our buildings too?'
   
ReImaginingOurFuture Re-imagining our Future
South Wales Baptist Association Moderator Peter Idris Taylor asks the question: If we were starting from scratch: what would church gatherings look like, how would we use buildings, at what times would we meet, and why?
   
Hope Prayer Walk Your High Street
As our nation moves out of lockdown, we have a dynamic ministry to perform: praying for our local area and in particular the heart of our community, the high street!  Hope 15:13 has put together some guidelines and a downloadable resource sheet to help you pray for your high street.
   
DistributedChurch Distributed Church Webinars
A series of webinars exploring key themes from contextual mission and the lessons they offer to the wider church beyond lockdown
   
ChangingChurch EA Changing Church
The Evangelical Alliance's new report based on a survey of nearly 900 churches and organisations makes clear that they have changed how they operate while maintaining their core mission and vision. Throughout lockdown and the wider challenges, the church has shown great agility and creativity.
   
URC NewNormal Ready for the 'New Normal'
This discussion paper for a pandemic recovery and resumption plan  has been produced by the United Reformed Church
   
URC NewReality New Reality, same mission: A stimulus to renewed community engagement as we emerge from the pandemic
This companion booklet to 'Ready for the new normal' uses questions in that paper as its starting-point.  It offers a process for exploring questions of community presence and engagement and social justice in these challenging times and developing new priorities for mission and ministry.
 
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