Updated: 29th December 2020.
To all at Ashford Baptist Church,
Following the UK Government’s advice regarding coronavirus, various national churches (including the Baptist Union) have called their churches to suspend all physical church activities. As a result of all this, the Leadership Team/Diaconate at ABC have decided as follows:
- To suspend the majority of church activities and meetings until further notice. This includes Life Groups, Open Church, Seniors (Coffee Morning, Lite Bite, Lunch Club). Also all meetings at Boughton Chapel (Sundays and midweek) and of the Nepalese Fellowship.
- Some activities may be able to continue depending upon agreement with Church leadership such as Worship team recordings for Sunday Services access for external groups that provide services to vulnerable members of the community.
- To suspend all in person Sunday services until further notice. However, we are broadcasting our church services via our YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/ashfordbaptistchurch. This does not require a google/youtube account to view.
- Pastoral care. We are aware that for some of us, the next few weeks/months will be especially difficult. As well as encouraging everyone to be mindful of the needs of others, and to offer appropriate help in accordance with strict government guidelines, we will be co-ordinating a response as a church. If you wish to contact the church please use the website contact form.
We know that there will be many questions going through everyone’s minds at the moment, but as the situation is changing so rapidly it is important that we are clear about what we are not going to do as a church, and then to work through what we can appropriately do in the weeks/months ahead.
Since the beginning of the year we have been exploring the subject of the household of God in all our various shapes and sizes. We couldn’t have possibly imagined the position we now find ourselves in, but it does give us the opportunity to demonstrate the love and care of Jesus for one another (and also for those beyond the church community).
With a view to being ready to re-open the church when the time comes, the church leadership and trustees have prepared the following risk assessment documents which will give you the guidance that all attendees, and in particular any activity leader, should be aware of.
We would also draw your attention to the privacy notice in how we deal with your personal data. Please note that when you provide your personal details, you are consenting to it being used in line with our current Privacy Notice.
As you will see from these documents, we will all have to adhere to the guidance given, to ensure we provide a safe environment in which to meet together again.
Final preparations for putting all our covid mitigating procedures in place, will be completed shortly.
We pray that we will soon be able to meet together in small groups or in a restricted congregational size. This will be determined by Government Guidelines and when the covid infection risk goes down.
May the sovereign, compassionate and almighty God hold us all in the palm of his hand, and may we uphold one another in our prayers.
Yours in Christ,
The ABC Leadership Team