COVID-19: OUR RESPONSE
Last updated: 3rd November 2021
Services: our normal Sunday services have resumed. You can find out about them here. While local and national transmission rates remain high we are following these procedures to reduce the risk of infection if you are attending in person:
Please check in when you arrive and use hand sanitiser provided.
Please wear a facemask at all times, including singing (unless there are medical reasons why you can't). Those leading at the front need not wear their masks while singing or speaking as they maintain a safe distance from everyone else.
There's a one way system in the church and we have closed half of the pews to maintain safe separation. Please keep to these restrictions, and if you need advice ask one of the welcome team.
We're also livestreaming the morning service on Zoom, with aspects of the service also on our YouTube channel. Keep an eye on the website and our Facebook page for more information on this.
Youth, Children’s and Families: Most of our activities have resumed in some form, although with Covid-19-related restrictions still in place. Please have a look at these pages for more information and the requirement to book in advance for some of them.
Small Groups: these are now meeting again. Some are in people's homes while others are 'hybrid' online and in person. Please ask the office for more information.
Pastoral care: pastoral support for those of you who are self-isolating and/or ill is obviously very important to us. We’ll be looking at putting in place a system for collecting details of who is self-isolated and what we can do to help them. If that is you and you are comfortable doing so, please let us know so we can pray for you and offer support wherever possible (email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the church office).
Care for vulnerable groups: There will be many people in our community who will be struggling during this difficult time and, again, we are looking at what we can do to help them. Bigger Table (Mondays and Thursdays) and Soup Run are currently running, with measures put in place to protect everyone involved. More about them is here
Mutley Baptist Church is a venue for some of the new 'walk-in' vaccinations. These will take place between 11am-5pm on 15th and 29th November and 13th December. Do check your eligibility before you attend. You can find out about this, and other walk-in centres here.
What can you do?
We know that there is a will to act in order to help the situation and in particular for those in need. It is also very natural to feel helpless but there is much you can do:
• Crucially, continue to pray for everyone involved – for the country as a whole, for those who are ill, for doctors and nurses, for our staff team and leadership. We will be continuing the Pray 12 series to guide our prayers.
• Please look after your own health as best you can and follow the advice given from the government on social distancing, especially if you fall into one of the high risk categories. It is right that we demonstrate our love for others by complying with this guidance as much as possible.
• Thankfully, there are many ways we can keep in contact with others. Please reach out to one another and offer support where you can.
• Do you know your neighbours? Reach out to them if possible - perhaps just even putting together a telephone list for people to contact if they need support or a listening ear? This is an amazing opportunity to bring a bit of God’s Kingdom to your street.
• Be a good influence in your community or workplace - look to God and ask Him to help you model selfless love
• If you can offer practical support to others during this time - even if that’s done remotely from home - please contact the church office
• The leadership team will need some support over this time in delivering some of the changes needed - let us know if you can offer any help either in helping to put together a ‘virtual’ service, coordinating practical needs, keeping in contact with people or anything else you can think of!!
• If you need support please contact the church office or email email@example.com
• Financial giving – please continue to financially support the church if you can. We still need to pay our staff and support the work that we need to carry out over the next few months.
• We know you’re a creative bunch and that you’ll have loads of ideas about how we respond to this crisis and seek to continue to build our community together - please let us know!
The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace”
MBC Minister and Elders: Nick, Andy, Fiona, Jeremy, Jo, Joy, Mary, Pam, Tim F, & Tim P