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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.
 

From 19 July, the UK Government moved to step 4 of their Covid-19 recovery roadmap. From 7 August, the Welsh Government moved to Alert Level 0. In both cases the vast majority of the previous legal requirements have been removed. Any number of people may meet for any purpose both indoors and outdoors in either nation. The notable exception to this lifting of legal requirements is that in Wales face coverings are still mandatory in almost all public indoor places. This includes churches. Despite the lifting of legal restrictions, both Governments recommend continuing caution. Good ventilation, diligence in hygiene, wearing a face covering in enclosed and crowded spaces whether or not it is mandatory, 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. Churches have a responsibility to protect their staff, congregations, communities, and other users of their buildings. However, it is now down to each church to determine for itself what these measures should be.
 
Our main guidance documents have been updated with suggestions of questions that churches should now consider and recommendations of best practice.
 
The Coronavirus section of our website will be maintained to help churches practically and spiritually during these changing times. We are acutely aware that the process for making decisions going forward has the potential to be divisive. In some respects it was easier when rules were more restrictive but at least definite. How we make decisions may prove to be as important to churches as the decisions themselves. We appeal to everyone involved to be kind to each other, to listen well, to appreciate the pressure leaders are under, and to compromise accordingly. This is a very vulnerable time for churches and we ask you to recall the exhortation in Ephesians 4 to 'be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace'.
 
There is a range of resources below to help churches practically and spiritually during these uncertain times.
 

Our current advice can be found on our essential guidance page.
 
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We had a special Prayer Broadcast for you coming live from Baptist Union Council in Swanwick. Diane Watts lead us in prayer alongside Tony Peck, Seidel Boanerges, Adrian Semerene and a BSL interpreter
Links to all our guidance information
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Guidance from our Legal Team on various legal and regulatory issues
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The latest guidance for churches
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Document re-written to reflect removal of legal requirement in England from 19 July and the completion of the move to Alert level 0 in Wales from 7 August
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A poem by Naomi O'Shea
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Amendments to incorporate the move to Step 4 in England from 19 July 2021 and move to Alert Level 0 in Wales from 7 August 2021
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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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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 continuation of Prayer Broadcasts will feature the Revd Johnny Pozzo. Johnny is Pastor of NMBC in south west London. Johnny will be praying alongside our General Secretary Lynn Green, and one of our BSL Interpreters
A reminder that the employer contributions are changing for July, August and September
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A series of poems by Chris Roe
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The latest in our continuation of Prayer Broadcasts featured Revd Paul Revill. Paul prayed alongside our General Secretary Lynn Green, and a BSL interpreter
A reflection by Gary Clayton, Copywriter and Editor at Mission Aviation Fellowship
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By Rae Morfin of Transforming Lives for Good (TLG), who has been leading the Emotional Rollercoaster training across our Associations
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A hymn by Michael Forster celebrating the founding and work of the NHS, written in 1998 and updated in 2021
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The safeguarding considerations for churches as we start to see restrictions being relaxed
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The latest in our continuation of Prayer Broadcasts featured Cathy Bunting, Minister at Laird Street Baptist Church, praying alongside Lynn Green and a BSL interpreter
All churches that employ staff (other than a Minister) need to read this leaflet
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The latest in our continuation of Prayer Broadcasts featured Linda Hopkins, Minister of Waterloo United Free Church, Liverpool, alongside Lynn Green and a BSL interpreter.
Two updated guidance notes for churches offering volunteer support services to their local communities
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A prayer written by Baptist minister Nick Fawcett, a devotional and reflective writer
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A reflective poem written by Gary Clayton, Copywriter and Editor at Mission Aviation Fellowship
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A prayer written by Patrick Coghlan
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Churches can bring comfort to millions with bereavement care backup
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The latest in our continuation of Prayer Broadcasts featured Matt Noble and his team from City Life Church, Truro. Matt and his team prayed alongside Lynn Green and a BSL Interpreter
A prayer written by hospital chaplain Amanda Pink
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A reflective lament written by hospital chaplain Amanda Pink
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A prayer poem written by hospital chaplain Amanda Pink
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Regional Minister Phil Jump has written this simple prayer for all our vital frontline keyworkers at this challenging time
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As Covid-19 threatens to overwhelm our health service and continues to inflict pain and loss, we stand together with many others and renew our commitment to sustained prayer.
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The latest in our series of Prayer Broadcasts featured Andy Glover and members of the Fresh Streams Leadership Team alongside General Secretary Lynn Green. The Prayer Broadcast was simultaneously streamed to the Fresh Streams Online Conference.
Advising churches to close when we are (in England) legally permitted to worship is a strong, even controversial, line for the Specialist Teams to take.
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New furlough scheme rules and removal of retention bonus
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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.
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.
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.
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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