COVID risk assessment update

Here’s my regular update on the COVID data.  My purpose in sharing these updates is to help churches keep a view on what is happening as they make plans and risk assessments for re-opening.  The risks that we have to consider include objective risks in terms of the potential to create a super spreading contextContinue reading “COVID risk assessment update”

Updated information for church COVID risk assessments

Here’s my regular update on what the picture is looking like in terms of COVID-19 to help church leaders think through their risk assessments when planning for church services. The most important and encouraging information is that the growth in cases seems to have slowed a little as the Euros’ effect seems to be easingContinue reading “Updated information for church COVID risk assessments”

Singing Lessons

In recent posts I’ve suggested we might need to be cautious about the assumption that the 19th July will immediately inaugurate the return of full churches, no masks and a return to congregational singing. I suggested that an interim step might be to encourage different parts of the congregation to sing either a whole songContinue reading “Singing Lessons”

Update on Churches, COVID-19 reopening and risk assessments

Here’s a further update from my post earlier this week as you seek to prepare for post 19th July worship.  The first crucial piece of information is that the Government have now published updated guidance for churches.  You can read it here. The key things to  note are that As expected, churches are encouraged toContinue reading “Update on Churches, COVID-19 reopening and risk assessments”

Risk Management decisions and in person worship post July 19th re-opening

Sunday 25th July will be a crunch date in the calendar. This is the first Sunday after the formal relaxation of all COVID restrictions in England. It means that there will no longer be regulations and fines relating to failure to wear masks or socially distance at a church gathering. Singing will also be allowedContinue reading “Risk Management decisions and in person worship post July 19th re-opening”

The risks for churches post 19th July

After the 19th July, the Government will remove all remaining COVID-19 measures. This means that there will not be legal restrictions such as social distancing or wearing face masks. But the Government and the national health/science advisors have been clear that COVID hasn’t gone away. It’s not that those measures don’t matter anymore, it’s thatContinue reading “The risks for churches post 19th July”

Are we playing the same game?

Imagine watching the Euros as a Rugby Union fan. You would cheer every time a player took the ball beyond the by-line or booted it over the goal posts and you’d be surprised every time there was jubilation whenever the ball went under the bar. You’d be assessing the team’s performance by a different setContinue reading “Are we playing the same game?”

The long haul pastoral job of bringing your church out of COVID

Church returns to normal on the 25th July. What this means is that  all the legal restrictions we have faced will have been removed.  For various reasons, I think we can still expect it to actually take longer for things to return fully to normal.  I will keep repeating this but don’t expect everyone toContinue reading “The long haul pastoral job of bringing your church out of COVID”

COVID and church re-opening

I’m continuing to try and provide little updates regarding what we are seeing in terms of COVID-19 data. My aim in these posts is particularly to help church leaders have visibility of the type of information that will be informing the Government’s decision making on whether to re-open fully on the 19th July. This week,Continue reading “COVID and church re-opening”

Belonging to The Church and to a church (Acts 2:42-47)

 few years back we did summer camp at home for our church young people at Bearwood. The camp finished at our Nueva Vida Service with a bi-lingua celebration.  I thought I would share here the talk I gave to round things off.  During the camp, the young people learnt about: Calling God Father, Living forContinue reading “Belonging to The Church and to a church (Acts 2:42-47)”