Coronavirus update 12th April 2021
As we enter stage 2 of the relaxation of lockdown restrictions, we rejoice with the rest of the country that things are starting to open up again! However, limitations still remain in place and these mean that we are unable to join together in communal worship as we would like to. With this in mind, and taking into account the widespread engagement of the church in online activities, we do not plan to reopen for in-person services until 27th June.
All our services can be found on youtube – search Laindon Baptist Church.
These are shown through laindonbaptist.online.church at 10:30am every Sunday morning where we can interact through typed chat and would love to welcome new people. The service is followed by fellowship over zoom at 11:15am – contact us for login details.
Noah’s Ark and Girls’ Brigade will not be reopening in person until September, although Girls’ Brigade continues to run on zoom on alternate Mondays. Tea and chat will reopen when restrictions allow for wider socialisation, which will again probably be after 21st June. As the weather improves we hope to be able to undertake some amount of gathering outdoors – please watch our facebook page or contact us to be kept up to date with any further plans.
We are keen to continue to support those who are struggling at this difficult time, please contact us if you or anyone you know is in this situation. Our minister is undertaking pastoral support visits for those lonely or isolated (although not isolating!) and we can also support with regular telephone calls if necessary.
Please stay safe, keep each other safe and we hope to be able to see you all soon.
God bless you and keep you,
Helen Harrigan (minister)
Tel: 07716 556528
We would urge that the following procedures should be followed (this information may be updated in future weeks):
· NHS advice urges that the greatest protection against coronavirus is good hand hygiene; please wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds particularly when you arrive at home/work, after coughing or sneezing, and before preparing food.
· If coughing or sneezing, please cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or do so into the crook of your elbow (not into your hands); put used tissues in the bin and wash your hands as soon as possible.
· We recommend that we restrict physical contact until the outbreak has passed. In particular, those who greet on entry and exit from church will be asked not to shake hands or offer hugs. Be creative!
· Please follow government advice regarding self-isolation when returning from high risk areas, or experiencing any symptoms (new and persistent cough for 4 hours and temperature of 37.8oC or above are early/mild symptoms and self isolation is recommended for 7 days in the first instance). Sermons will be available online or in document form on request.
· We urge anyone who is self-isolating to let us know, so that we can find ways of offering appropriate pastoral care at this time. Telephone contact will be maintained.
· If you are aware of those in difficulties from isolation please ask if we can help.
As a church we endeavour to respond to this outbreak in a Christlike way. Bear in mind that taking sensible precautions is not principally an act of self-protection, but primarily an action designed to protect others who are at risk in our congregation and our community. And we continue to be open-hearted and attentive to the lonely, the vulnerable and the anxious, both within the church and beyond. Above all, we will face the future (which is always uncertain) with courage and faith in God.
Clean hands, open hearts!
Minister, Laindon Baptist Church
firstname.lastname@example.org; tel. 07716 556528