July 19, 2021

Dear Friends,

As we approach the end of Government Imposed anti-COVID measures, we have been following the guidance of the Baptist Union and consulting with congregational members about what level of continued special measures people would like to see observed.

Whilst for some people, the lifting of all COVID safeguarding measures cannot come too soon, for others, this will be a time of heightened anxiety and worry.

The resumption of live music and singing will be crucial in restoring out sense of joy and worship and will be more like Church as we have known it before COVID.

However, in consultations, it has become clear that most people would welcome some limited social distancing and the retention of wearing face masks. So we will still be able to sing, but with masks on.

With this in mind, we will be observing one-metre social distancing in the congregational seating areas, and the wearing of face masks will be required.

If anyone cannot wear a face mask, a seat may be provided in the foyer behind the glass screens, but these must be booked in advance.

We hope that this will provide the necessary reassurance to help you feel safe.

Would you please talk to us if you have any worries or concerns as we try to help you through this transition?

Regards
Mark & the Deacons

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May 4, 2021

Dear friends,

COVID has been a long, trying and isolating process for us all; as we begin to emerge from the enforced isolation and return to Church, there are some things I wanted to communicate to you.

The first thing is that we will be reopening the building on Sunday 9th of May for Morning Services (with the proviso that social distancing must be maintained and face-masks must be worn in the building unless there is a valid reason for exemption). Because some people may be unable or hesitant about returning to worship if they have not been vaccinated, it is worth mentioning that things may not get back to complete normality until September. By this point, we anticipate that the whole population will have been vaccinated. Everyone is welcome to return immediately, but there is no pressure to do so if you do not feel safe yet. So if you do return, don’t expect the building to be heaving with people as it was before lockdown straight away.

What I can say, having been in contact with everyone regularly, is that everyone, even the new arrivals and even families who have contacted us during the pandemic and only managed to attend once, have every intention of returning, and this is an unusually healthy state of affairs that most churches will not be enjoying.

Because of the need to wait 72 hours for any virus on surfaces to expire, evening services will not be possible.

As I understand the current rules and regulations, we will not have live music or be able to sing together until the 21st of June when (subject to Governmental review) if there is no resurgence of infections, we hope that all restrictions will be lifted. The Church building has been regularly cleaned throughout lockdown. We have had the water systems in the Church tested for Legionnaires Disease, and the water is safe.

I am beginning to do pastoral visiting in peoples gardens, so if you would like a visit, do contact me, and I can arrange a time for a visit.

With every blessing from myself and the Diaconate,
Mark.

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March 1, 2021

Having reviewed the latest guidance from the Government and the Baptist Union, the Minister and Deacons have decided that, following the guidance, Easter Services will remain online only.

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January 1, 2021

The church will remained closed until further notice.

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November 1, 2020

The church will be from November 5 until December 3, 2020.

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October 6, 2020

The church will reopen on October 18th, which will be our Harvest Festival Service.

We will be doing so with 2 metre social distancing. When you arrive at the building, you will be asked to queue with 2 metre social distancing outside. On entering the building, you will then be directed to your seat by a deacon. We will fill up the church from the front to the back first of all with 2 metre social distancing. There will also be use of the balcony, using the bench against the wall at the back of the balcony and in the choir stalls. Again, this will all take place with 2 metre social distancing.

At the end of the service, the church will be emptied from the balcony, from the back to the front of the building. And then when the upstairs is empty, we will vacate the church ground floor. This will be done in the same way, from the back first, last of all to the front of the building.

Face masks will be mandatory for all those attending, and if people do not remember to bring them, they will be provided by the deacons who will be acting as stewards.

The service will be shorter in duration, lasting not more than 45 minutes and the children’s program will take place in the John Yeoman’s Hall and will be conducted with social distancing.

Places where people sit will be clearly marked on the pews.  There will not be singing, so things are going to be very different. We’ll be sat 2 metres apart from each other but we do hope that we will be able to provide you with a different experience of worship and one through which we can grow together.

For those of you who do not feel that it is the right thing for you to return to church at this time, please be assured that we will be providing our online materials as we are at the moment.

If you have any queries or questions, please feel free to telephone me or email me and I will do my best to answer any of these.

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September 5, 2020

With regret, the church will NOT be open tomorrow, September 6, as we are now in a designated area of concern. Online sermons will continue to be posted on the website and Facebook.

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July 6, 2020

Hello everyone,

We can now confirm that for those people who feel comfortable so to do, we will be returning to worshiping in our church building from the 2nd of August, assuming that there is no second spike of the Covid-19 virus.

We will be doing so with 2 metre social distancing. When you arrive at the building, you will be asked to queue with 2 metre social distancing outside. On entering the building, you will then be directed to your seat by a deacon. We will fill up the church from the front to the back first of all with 2 metre social distancing. There will also be use of the balcony, using the bench against the wall at the back of the balcony and in the choir stalls. Again, this will all take place with 2 metre social distancing.

At the end of the service, the church will be emptied from the balcony, from the back to the front of the building. And then when the upstairs is empty, we will vacate the church ground floor. This will be done in the same way, from the back first, last of all to the front of the building. We will not, for the month of August, be celebrating Holy Communion as we have quite enough to consider making sure the social distancing, and the entering and exiting the building are all done in an orderly and safe fashion. Face masks will be mandatory for all those attending, and if people do not remember to bring them, they will be provided by the deacons who will be acting as stewards.

The service will be shorter in duration, lasting not more than 45 minutes and the children’s program will take place in the John Yeoman’s Hall and will be conducted with social distancing.

I hope that gives you some idea of how things are going to happen. Places where people sit will be clearly marked on the pews.  There will not be singing, so things are going to be very different. We’ll be sat 2 metres apart from each other but we do hope that we will be able to provide you with a different experience of worship and one through which we can grow together.

For those of you who do not feel that it is the right thing for you to return to church at this time, please be assured that we will be providing our online materials as we are at the moment.

If you have any queries or questions, please feel free to telephone me or email me and I will do my best to answer any of these.

God bless you.

Mark

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July 2, 2020

Hello everyone,

This is the latest Covid-19 update from Burton Latimer Baptist Church as of 2nd July 2020.

While Churches are theoretically able to open from this Sunday, 5th of July, in practice we have to ensure that we can adequately exercise our duty of care to our congregation by ensuring that everyone is kept as safe as is humanly possible.

With this in mind, we are getting our water systems checked for legionaries disease before re-opening the building. When we do re-open which we hope will be in the near future, we will be observing 2-metre social distancing, and we will not be able to engage in communal singing. I will ensure that you are updated via Facebook as soon as we know that we are ready to re-open in accordance with all of the most stringent safety standards as recommended by the Government, the Church of England and the Methodist Church guidelines in the U.K. (The Baptist Union has provided no resources).

Even when we do re-open, we understand that not everyone will feel safe to return to being physically present at our services and so we will continue to provide online content as we are doing at the moment.

If you are aware of people in the congregation who do not have access to Facebook or this website, please ring them and make them aware of this announcement.

With much love to you all, and with every blessing,

Mark