COVID-19 risk management update for churches

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With Boris Johnson announcing an end to the “plan-B” measures for England from next Thursday, I thought it might be worth giving a little bit of an update on risk management for England. Unfortunately, this has to be very country specific as the changes will not apply to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Here is… Continue reading COVID-19 risk management update for churches

COVID19 update 11/01/2022

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We’re into the second week after the New Year and so now is probably a good time to have a look at the detailed COVID data Cases Over the past few days we’ve seen a steady fall in the average reported new cases. It does look like cases have peaked. The rolling average of new… Continue reading COVID19 update 11/01/2022

The apologetics of plague and pandemic

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In a world where it’s all about survival of the fitness and there isn’t really purpose nor personality, the idea that human beings, the very creatures that represent those two things are still standing. It has struck me that our experience through history of plagues and pandemics is deeply unhelpful to the arguments of people… Continue reading The apologetics of plague and pandemic

The other effects of the pandemic

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We know the horrendous cost of the pandemic through death, bereavement and serious sickness. However, there have been other consequences too. I recently ran a twitter poll in order to get us thinking about some of these things. First, I asked about how the pandemic has affected your relationship with God. I’m assuming that the… Continue reading The other effects of the pandemic

COVID-19 update – brace yourself for a tense week

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I’ve argued in recent posts that the Christmas period would leave us a little blind as to what is happening in terms of the Omicron variant.  The optimist in me saw some signs both from the data here and what we’d seen happen in South Africa that the wave might be slowing down going into… Continue reading COVID-19 update – brace yourself for a tense week

COVID update -Omicron optimist or pessimist?

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I’ve been following the cases in South Africa and the headlines are that it does look like cases may have at least begun to peak there, although there is always the risk of a false dawn. Before we get too excited, it is worth remembering two things. First that South Africa may not offer a… Continue reading COVID update -Omicron optimist or pessimist?

COVID and Omicron – what’s the mood?

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Yesterday I ran one of my little surveys via twitter. Remember, these are not intended to give is a scientific analysis of the exact proportions of people that hold specific positions. Rather, they operate like a kind of focus group or dip check. That’s not a high number of votes and I expect proportions would… Continue reading COVID and Omicron – what’s the mood?

Omicron and “Plan C” – how’s it going?

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Yesterday morning, I wrote about talk of a Plan C against COVID this winter. My view was that the Government would feel under significant pressure to implement this plan over the next few days.  I had always suspected that we’d be hearing very soon from the Prime Minister again and so it turned out with… Continue reading Omicron and “Plan C” – how’s it going?

Update on COVID Church Risk Management (09/12/2021)

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Yesterday Boris Johnson gave an update and brought in new measures for England in response to the Omicron variant. Those measures essentially bring England into line with the rest of the United Kingdom and include the following: The NHS COVID pass (vaccine passport) will be required for unseated venues (over 500 indoors and 4000 outdoors)… Continue reading Update on COVID Church Risk Management (09/12/2021)

Vaccine passports?

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I wanted to say a little bit more about the possibility of vaccine passports coming into play over the next few weeks.  I hope that this doesn’t happen for two simple reasons. I’m aware that a significant number of people struggle with the concept on a moral/ethicl basis and even having received the COVID vaccines… Continue reading Vaccine passports?