Latest Coronavirus Update - 16th March 2020
You are all no doubt aware of the current Coronavirus outbreak.
We want to reassure you that at Barnwell Baptist Church we are taking this seriously and want to protect and care for Church members and attenders. To that end we are following the current NHS advice (you can find this here: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ ), and also following the guidance provided by our Baptist family. At present there is no advice that Church meetings should not take place, so we will continue to meet as normal. In our situation, these are the steps we will be taking with immediate effect:
1.) Encourage good hand-hygiene. We have provided antibacterial soap and paper towels by each of the sinks in Church - please dispose of the paper towels in the bins provided.
2.) Ask that all attendees avoid physical contact with each other (so no hugging, kissing, or hand shaking please)
3.) Ask that if people have symptoms then we/ they do not attend any Church event (small group, Sunday service etc.) for seven days. This is the most important measure to prevent infecting others. So, if you have symptoms, please do follow the NHS advice and self isolate. They key symptoms are:
- A new continuous cough, this means you've started coughing repeatedly
- A high temperature, you feel hot to touch on your chest and back
4.) Make minor changes to how we collect the offering - we should avoid passing things from one to another within the congregation.
5.) Refreshments - rather than helping yourself to cake, this will be served to you on a paper napkin. This server will wear disposable gloves. Similarly, please do not help yourself to sugar and milk - the server will do this for you. Those serving refreshments will maintain separation of clean and dirty cups and be diligent about their own hand-hygiene (they have all received detailed instructions on this). Please also respect one another's personal space when standing chatting to each other.
In the future we may need to make additional changes as the advice from the NHS is updated. We will also be attentive to our Baptist family and any guidance they offer.
We don't want this email to cause you alarm, on the contrary, we want you to be assured by the steps we are taking. We also want to remind you that God is sovereign, He is not surprised, He never changes and He continues to love and care for His people.