CORONAVIRUS – JANUARY 2021:
From: Rev David Jones
Dear members and friends of Greenfield.
Due to the increasing concern within our community as our country sees an increase in the spread of the Corona Virus, we have made a decision as Minister and officers of the church not to continue our Sunday morning service in the chapel for the foreseeable future. I am sorry that we had to make this decision as we have welcomed many worshippers since we re-opened following the first Lockdown in September.
Under the present circumstances it would be unwise and certainly against the advice given by the Baptist Union if we were to continue public worship. This advice is below.
We will continue our Sunday worship with 11am and 5pm Sunday Services on YouTube & Facebook and 6pm Conference call service by ‘phone. Hopefully we will be able to return to normal Sunday worship in the chapel as soon as the restrictions are lifted.
With love in Christ,
From the Baptist Union of Great Britain
In light of the introduction of national lockdown in England from 5 January and the ongoing ‘alert level 4’ introduced across Wales on 20 December, we strongly encourage churches not to open their buildings for in-person meeting if at all possible.
We recognise that the both UK and Welsh Government guidelines allow churches to remain open during this period. However, given the significant increase in numbers of Covid-19 infections and pressure on the NHS, we advise churches to stand with the wider community in making every effort to limit the spread of the virus.
We would still support churches as they open their buildings to provide vital services to the local community, such as food banks, as has been the case throughout the pandemic.
We know that geographical contexts differ across both England and Wales and we are aware that the decision lies with the local church. Nonetheless we are mindful of the pressure church leaders are under and the greater risk taken by all those involved in hosting open buildings for whom we have a duty of care.
This is a changing situation and we very much hope this will be our advice for only a short period. Resources and sermons for inclusion in online services will continue to be shared through the national and regional team websites.
We stand together in the hope we have in Christ and we are praying for all at this difficult time