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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.
 

At the beginning of the year, as Covid-19 cases rose significantly and we entered national lockdown, we recommended to our churches not to open their buildings for in-person meetings.  In the light of the Welsh Government announcement on Friday 19 February and the UK Government announcement on Monday 22 February, which started the process of easing lockdown, we have concluded that it is now appropriate to withdraw this recommendation. 
 
We encourage churches to consider their own plans for re-opening and take the decisions that are appropriate for their own local circumstances.   Reflecting the still significant levels of cases and risk posed to the community, and given that the general ‘Stay at Home’ rule remains in place in England until 29 March and has no current end date in Wales, it is reasonable for churches to choose to stay closed at this stage. Equally we recognise this is a decision for the local church, and the value of churches meeting together will mean that you may choose to re-open for in-person worship.
 
As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to update our specific guidance for Baptist churches on what needs to be done to reflect the developments in the law and government guidance.  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.

There is also more information regarding the Government’s furlough scheme in the Churches as Employers guide.
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The latest in our continuation of Prayer Broadcasts will feature Matt Noble, Pastor of City Life Church, Truro. Matt will be praying alongside Lynn Green and a BSL Interpreter
Links to all our guidance information
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Updated to reflect the introduction of National Lockdowns in England and Wales
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Your key legal requirement prior to re-opening is to carry out a risk assessment
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Guidance from our Legal Team on various legal and regulatory issues
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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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Guidance for churches following the Government's latest 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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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.
The latest guidance for ministers
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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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The latest and the last in our series of Prayer Broadcasts featured Geoff Colmer. He is the Regional Minister Team Leader of the Central Baptist Association and future Baptist President, and prayed alongside Lynn Green and a BSL interpreter.
New furlough scheme rules and removal of retention bonus
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The latest in our series of Prayer Broadcasts featured Lucy Tiller, intern at JPIT and Jayne Franklin, Restore Team Leader and CAP Centre Manager. Praying alongside Lynn Green and a BSL interpreter.
The latest in our series of Prayer Broadcasts featured Gavin Calver, CEO of the Evangelical Alliance. He prayed 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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