Latest Covid update
This update follows on from the church meeting held on 15th September, where the congregation prayerfully discussed a timescale for returning to the building for Sunday worship.
As anticipated, there were a wide range of views and experiences shared within the meeting. It was recognised that any return to the building for Sunday worship would mean that singing, interactive worship and personal contact with people outside of family bubbles would not be possible. Following extensive discussion and prayer, the strong consensus within the meeting was to continue worshipping online for the immediate future and to continue monitoring daily the guidance from the Government and Baptist Union. As a Baptist Church, we are governed congregationally, and therefore this is the process we will now undertake in the immediate term.
We recognise some will be disappointed to hear this news. We recognise the significance of meeting in person, and that whilst it may feel different to church pre-Covid, there are also many benefits in doing so. We recognise, too, the responsibilities we hold for protecting and looking after our congregation and are committed to doing all we can do to enable worship safely and at the pace the congregation would like. For those missing the in-person Sunday worship, we are continuing to develop plans for a mid-week, contemplative service and hope to share news of this in the near future.
In the meantime, thank you for your patience. We will update you again when there are further developments. Please continue to pray for wisdom and sensitivity as we seek to safely lead the church through the challenges that this time presents.
With grateful thanks,
Rev. Dave Tubby
Senior Minister, Heaton Baptist Church
21st September, 2020
Our previous Covid-19 update is attached below: