COVID – 19

26.07.2020

Monday 22 February 2021

Following the Government announcement for easing restrictions in England, we will continue with online only worship until further notice, or until guidance from Salvation Army Headquarters changes.

Wednesday 6 January 2021

We hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year.

We return in this new year to the next phase of the pandemic and all that it means for our corps. You will all be aware of the new national lockdown measures announced by the Prime Minister on Monday and so we write to you to give a brief update of our response to the government’s latest lockdown measures that have come into force in the last 48 hours. Ten months into the pandemic we are getting quite used to having to make changes to our way of doing things and this is likely to continue for many months to come. As far as the day to day operations of the corps are concerned, we will continue to work at the hall each day to support people in our city, as we have been doing since mid-March last year. Already we are seeing an increase in requests for food parcel deliveries as we did in the first lockdown and we will manage these accordingly.

In England, the government is allowing communal worship to take place in churches during this latest lockdown, which is a change in policy to previous lockdowns. We have always sought to operate according to government and SA guidelines as far as Sunday worship activities are concerned and will continue to do so. That said, for this lockdown we have decided that we will be suspending congregation attendance on Sunday morning for the duration of this current lockdown.  The Livestream service has been very welcome and gives us options we did not have before and therefore we will be conducting our Sunday Meeting via the Livestream service only. This will mean that the only people who need to attend the hall on Sundays are the COs and the two livestream operators. There are two dominant factors influencing this decision this time around:

  1. The new strain of the virus is more easily passed from one person to another, as is seen in the daily statistics being shared by the government. Therefore, until more people become vaccinated the risk of catching the virus at present is much higher than before.
  2. The majority of those who have been attending on Sunday mornings since our meetings recommenced in the Summer have travelled in from the outer parts of the city, which is the very nature of our gathered corps. Whilst attending worship in this lockdown would not be breaking government guidelines, for the majority of folk who have been attending they would have to leave the area where they live in order to come into central Birmingham to attend the meeting and that would be in breach of the current government guidelines.

Therefore, having assessed the risk, as we regularly do, we consider that at the moment it is safer for us to suspend attendance at the meeting and to provide the worship service to everyone through the livestream. We will review this at the end of the current seven week lockdown period.

Every blessing,

Major Adrian and Captain Clare Allman

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