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Baptist Union Updates

The Baptist Union have continued to update the essential guidance for churches.Covid
Please continue to check any updates here.
 

?Update Published on 15th July 2021

Guidance on church worship
Document re-written to reflect removal of legal requirement in England from 19 July and the completion of the move to Alert level 1 in Wales from 17 July.
https://baptist.org.uk/.../Coronavirus_Guidance_on.aspx

Guidance on re-opening Baptist church buildings
Amendments to incorporate the move to Step 4 in England from 19 July 2021 and move to Alert Level 1 in Wales from 17 July 2021.
https://baptist.org.uk/.../Coronavirus_Guidance_on.aspx

Children’s, youth and families ministry
Document re-written to reflect removal of legal requirement in England from 19 July and the completion of the move to Alert level 1 in Wales from 17 July.
https://baptist.org.uk/.../Coronavirus_advice_Children.aspx

Advice for ministers – pastoral visiting
Re-write of Sections 2 and 4 to reflect step 4 of the Covid recovery road map in England; Change to Section 3 to reflect the permission for six people to meet indoors and any number outdoors in Wales.
https://baptist.org.uk/.../579298/Advice_for_ministers.aspx

Update Published on 17th June 2021

Guidance on church worship
Changes in Section 2 to allow unlimited but socially distanced attendees at weddings, wedding receptions and funeral wakes in England from 21 June, and new rules for numbers at wedding receptions and funeral wakes in Wales. Note added to Section 2 regarding outdoors singing in Wales.
https://baptist.org.uk/.../Coronavirus_Guidance_on.aspx

Children’s, youth and families ministry
Changes to Section 2 to allow residential trips in England for up to 30 children, and for children’s parties in Wales.
https://baptist.org.uk/.../Coronavirus_advice_Children.aspx

Guidance on re-opening Baptist church buildings
Update in Section 6 to note that the churches may apply the guidance for Multi-purpose community facilities for non-church activities.
https://baptist.org.uk/.../Coronavirus_Guidance_on.aspx

Updated Statement from the Baptist Union (July 2021):


On 19 July, the UK Government confirmed the move to step 4 of their Covid-19 recovery roadmap. The Government recommends continuing caution. Good ventilation, diligence in hygiene, wearing a face covering in enclosed and crowded spaces, and limiting contact with those we do not live with, are all noted as beneficial behaviours. 

In the light of this, we recommend that it is both sensible and appropriate for churches to continue to take some measures to limit the spread of Covid-19. Churches have a responsibility to protect their staff, congregations, communities, and other users of their buildings. However, it is now down to each church to determine for itself what these measures should be.
 
Our main guidance documents have been updated with suggestions of questions that churches should now consider and recommendations of best practice. We will then continue to monitor and review going forward for both England and Wales.
 
The Coronavirus section of the BU website will be maintained to help churches practically and spiritually during these changing times. We are acutely aware that the process for making decisions going forward has the potential to be divisive. In some respects it was easier when rules were more restrictive but at least definite. How we make decisions may prove to be as important to churches as the decisions themselves. We appeal to everyone involved to be kind to each other, to listen well, to appreciate the pressure leaders are under, and to compromise accordingly. This is a very vulnerable time for churches and we ask you to recall the exhortation in Ephesians 4 to 'be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace'.