Coronavirus pandemic: Church message

Update May 2021

We will be restarting live worship on Sunday 23 May 2021, with roughly the same Covid-restrictions in place as last time (although probably with refreshments outside). More details to follow.

Storymaker's Club has resumed in the church from 12 May 2021, and will be taking place on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 6:30 pm and on Thursdays from 4:30 - 6:00 pm. The Club will take place in the church respecting all necessary Covid-19 measures.


Update January 2021

Activities held in the church have been suspended again during the current national lockdown. Services will take place on Zoom live from the church and will be followed by after-church Zoom coffee, both using the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87179878823. Our lecture series on Fridays will continue online as before.

For more information about the current position with individual activities, please click on the links on the Activities page.


Update December 2020

Services are now being held in the church again following the second national lockdown. We have reorganised the space to facilitate social distancing, and ask that everyone wears a face covering while in the church (unless exempt) and sanitises their hands on arrival. You will also be asked to give a telephone number or e-mail address for the purposes of contact tracing. All surfaces are thoroughly disinfected between services. Our special team of COVID-19 stewards will be on hand to guide you when you arrive, to ensure that you feel safe. For more information, please visit the Worship page.

Our Children's Sunday Club and Storymaker's Club have also returned (respecting all social distancing guidelines). Other activities will continue online or remain suspended for now. For more information about the current position with individual activities, please click on the links on the Activities page.


Update November 2020

Activities held in the church have been suspended again during the second national lockdown. Services will take place on Zoom live from the church, and will be followed by after-church Zoom coffee. The Zoom link will be sent to the church circulation list.

Our Children's Sunday Club and Storymaker's Club have been cancelled during the lockdown, and will return on 6 and 9 December 2020 respectively (respecting all social distancing guidelines.)


Update September 2020

Services are now being held in the church again. We have reorganised the space to facilitate social distancing, and ask that everyone wears a face mask while in the church (unless exempt) and sanitises their hands on arrival. You will also be asked to give a telephone number or e-mail address for the purposes of contact tracing. All surfaces are thoroughly disinfected between services. Our special team of COVID-19 stewards will be on hand to guide you when you arrive, to ensure that you feel safe. For more information, please visit the Worship page.


Update September 2020

The church has been closed to visitors in recent months because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Those activities which are now taking place in the church again will do so respecting all social distancing guidelines – please contact Wilf Merttens (the Church Secretary) at stanleywilfridmerttens@googlemail.com for more details and with any questions. Other activities will continue online or remain suspended for now.

For more information about the current position with individual activities, please click on the links on the Activities page.


Update March 2020

Heath Street will be doing all it can to respond pastorally and practically to the Coronavirus epidemic.

The Baptist Union of Great Britain has published 'Advice for Churches' which can be accessed here:

https://www.baptist.org.uk/Groups/337630/Coronavirus.aspx

The advice, as of 17 March, is that 'Sunday services should not now take place' We will therefore be suspending Sunday services until further notice, and we would value your prayerful support as we seek to develop a context where we can be a meaningful faith community whilst physically isolated from each other.

For details of the Heath Street Home Companion (on online replacement for the time being of Sunday worship and a slice of our community's life) click here.

We ask everyone to remember before God those who are vulnerable and lonely, and those who are facing financial hardship as a result of this evolving situation. If you are aware of anyone in crisis or particular need, please contact our Minister at the email address on the website.

Further updates will appear on this page as the situation evolves.


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