Why we might not need the vaccine to be fully rolled out to get back to normal

This article comes with all the usual and hopefully obvious caveats and disclaimers.  I’m not a doctor, epidemiologist or anything medical.  So, these are the musings of an ordinary citizen and arm chair critic. However, sometimes it takes the ordinary citizen, the amateur if you like to raise observations that might get missed. That’s whyContinue reading “Why we might not need the vaccine to be fully rolled out to get back to normal”

How are we going to get through the next six months?

“Not another six months of this?” That was the reaction of most of us to this week’s latest COVID-19 announcements wasn’t it. Something that we hoped would be sorted in a matter of weeks or maybe months is likely to be the dominant issue at least for a whole year and probably longer. We hadContinue reading “How are we going to get through the next six months?”

Church is about more than a quick in and out visit

When people have come to join us at Bearwood from a more Roman Catholic or High Church background, there are often some tell-tale signs. One is the tendency to arrive as close to the start time as possible and leave quickly at the end avoiding much social interaction with others. So, when I first sawContinue reading “Church is about more than a quick in and out visit”

Being Transparent about risk (2) COVID-19 is still with us

In a previous post, I argued that we need to be open with our church family about the risks associated with moving out of lockdown. As I explained in that article, this means that we should not engage in the over-hype which can happen when people are sharing alarmist headlines around social media.  This willContinue reading “Being Transparent about risk (2) COVID-19 is still with us”

Rishi’s gamble

Will you be off out for your half-priced meal in August? Don’t forget “eat out to help out.”  Rishi Sunak has turned into a kind of 21st Century milky bar kid, Nandos Chicken and your Beefeater steak are on him. Yesterday, the Chancellor announced some significant measures to help the economy avoid a deep recessionContinue reading “Rishi’s gamble”

As we re-open church buildings we need to be transparent about risk

It is important that as we begin taking those baby steps to re-opening our church buildings that we are open and honest with each other about what the risks are. We should not be gung-ho, rushing in and saying “It is back to normal. There are no risks.” There are always risks involved with organisingContinue reading “As we re-open church buildings we need to be transparent about risk”

Returning to the building – our story

This morning, we opened our church building for public worship for the first time since lockdown began. I thought you might like to hear about how we got on. My own church day started around about 8pm. I recorded a message of encouragement for the church family which you can watch back here. We thenContinue reading “Returning to the building – our story”

#SummerIsHere

I started lockdown with a twitter hashtag #SummerIsComing. It was my way of reminding myself and perhaps others that although we were entering a dark period like winter when we would be locked away, huddled at home, these dark times would eventually pass.  We could look forward to summer coming. I said at the timeContinue reading “#SummerIsHere”

Could come to church … should come to church – thoughts on leaving lockdown

UK churches are beginning to leave lockdown. We have finally been granted permission to re-open our buildings for public worship. Now, at this stage, we are going to face some collective challenges together.  In many respects, it won’t be easy for us. I am reminded of the incident in Ezra where the rebuilt temple isContinue reading “Could come to church … should come to church – thoughts on leaving lockdown”

A top down approach won’t get us out of lock-down

The Government’s proposals for ending lockdown suggested that it might be possible for places of worship to open again from July onwards. Back in May, I wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister encouraging him to engage with local churches on the ground and to provide a clear, phased plan for leaving lockdown. InContinue reading “A top down approach won’t get us out of lock-down”