We go into 2022 with COVID cases high primarily as a result of the new Omicron variant. Case numbers recorded daily have been at eye watering levels with records broken daily. Currently the expectation is that cases will peak sometime in January but at exactly what level we cannot be certain yet, although it does… Continue reading COVID and church risk management update (31/12/2021)
I want to think a little bit more about what is involved for churches coming out of lockdown. I did one of my mini-surveys via twitter recently and here are the results. As always, I’m not claiming that my survey gives infallible, fully representative, scientific, Gallup standard analysis. However, it is a good dip check… Continue reading Regathering and Replanting
We moved church during the 3rd lockdown. It wasn’t an easy time to do it because it meant that our new church family were having to meet online. A pre-recorded service with a few songs and a talk was followed by coffee time on Zoom. Then we joined in a community group in the week… Continue reading Seeing in 3D
Here’s my latest update on what we are seeing regarding the data at the moment. We’ve recently seen a substantial fall in COVID cases across the UK reflecting falls in daily reported cases in both Scotland and England. However, over the weekend we saw growth in week on week cases. Here’s the chart plotting average… Continue reading COVID-19 risk management for churches update
As promised, here’s my latest update on COVID-19 risk assessments for churches. First of all, here’s my current assessment on the 4 key risks. Remember that this is a generalised view and the situation may vary in different localities. ID Risk Description Probability 1 Risk of causing COVID infection spread Low 2 Risk of invalidating… Continue reading COVID Risk Management for churches update
What should we be doing about those people who are still extremely anxious about COVID and it is having a significant affect on their ability to participate in the life of the church and indeed other aspects of family and community life? My view is that we are now moving into a season when a… Continue reading Pastoral care of the COVID-19 anxious
I’ve been giving regular updates for those producing risk assessments for in person church gatherings in the light of COVID-19. I’ve identified the following major risks to consider. ID Risk Description Probability 1 Risk of causing COVID infection spread Low 2 Risk of invalidating insurance Low 3 Risk of breaching H&S Law Low 4 Risk… Continue reading How do people feel about COVID -and what does that mean for your church?
When I asked my followers on twitter whether or not they were seeing new to church people at their in person meetings, 13.1% said that they hadn’t seen any new people at all. I can’t really ignore that part of the poll, so wanted to share some thoughts here. That’s not least because if you… Continue reading … but what if we haven’t had any new people join us?
If the pandemic has taught us anything it is that we are busy people compressed into densely populated cities. Often our church gatherings have replicated that. We’ve squeezed people into our buildings, crammed a lot of content: songs, notices, mini-sermons, main sermons into them, rushed them through to back halls for cheap coffee and cheaper… Continue reading Creating Space and Time
Here’s the latest COVID data for those using it to make risk assessment decisions in churches.