COVID – 19


Update 14 November 2020

National Lockdown Announcement 5 November until 2 December 2020

As you will be aware, we have entered a new ‘lockdown’ period in England that will last for four weeks. The UK Government has placed new restrictions on the activities that can occur in places of worship. It is not possible for us to hold worship services in our hall during this new lockdown and therefore we will be suspending the services led by our officers for the duration of the lockdown period and will revert back to the arrangements earlier in the year.The government is permitting the hall to be open for personal prayer and we will therefore continue to open each Sunday morning for personal prayer ONLY.

On Friday 11 September, the West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, announced that stricter lockdown regulations would be implemented in the Greater Birmingham area as from Tuesday 15 September. From Tuesday, Birmingham residents will not be able to mix with any other households, indoors or in private gardens, except for those in a support bubble. This applies both inside and outside the city boundaries. The city council website states: “If you live in the affected area, in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus you must not:

  •  host people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless they’re in your support bubble

  •  meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of the affected area, unless they’re in your support bubble

  • Your household is only the people you live with and any support bubble. A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.” At present, the emphasis seems to be on the home and garden – people can still meet in places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues but must stay in household/bubble groups and maintain social distancing. Education and work settings are unaffected, and organised team sports will still be able to proceed. The official UK Government guidance for Birmingham from Tuesday 15 September can be found at: b11b-da06f604752a&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

  • Please bear with us as we receive clarity on these changes and as we seek to implement new guidelines as they are made known. We will keep you informed of any changes as best as we can.

On Sunday 2 August 2020, we reopened our hall for Sunday Worship.

It is not be like our last meeting in March. Initially, we will open for personal prayer and meditation only, including the Bible address podcast. This will be the first step in our phased re- opening and we will have to be guided by the government and THQ as to how each step will progress.

The last few months could easily make us think we are at the end of something – a sad time. Is it the end or is it the beginning of something else? I’d like to think it’s the latter. It’s a time for us to focus on fundamentals; a moment of opportunity in an otherwise dreadful moment for humanity. A time to think about new ways, new methods of bringing hope to our neighbours that makes goodness, godliness, attractive. As we re-open next week, let’s open our mind to what’s important to us as disciples; let’s think of the opportunities a new normal may present and see the new thing God is doing in the neighbourhood!

Sunday Opening of the Hall

This last week DHQ approved the risk assessment and plans that were submitted to re-open the hall for public worship. From 2 August 2020, the hall will open for the summer weeks for private prayer and meditation only. It will be a 45 minute act of worship, beginning at the usual meeting time of 10:30 am and will include the weekly bible address podcast over the audio system. If you are wanting to use the hall for private prayer, you are required to stay for the 45 minute time of worship – it will not be possible to ‘come and go’ during this time. A worship sheet will be available to help your prayers and thoughts. There will be no singing, speaking or live music, though recorded music of our sections will play in the background to aid worship. This format will be reviewed in September and we will respond to the advice from government and THQ that will be available then.

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