Coronavirus - message from the Regional Team
During these challenging times the Regional Team are seeking to support in both practical ways and through prayer as we face these difficulties together.
Here is our latest practical advice sent out earlier to those on our email list. If you aren’t part of this but would like to be, please let us know:
We encourage all churches to keep up to date with the guidance released by the Baptist Union. There are regular updates and the National Team are doing a fantastic job.
You can find links on this page for advice about:
Keeping the Church Community connected
We are monitoring decisions about planned Association events. However, we have taken the decision that all forthcoming Safeguarding training will be cancelled. We hope that this will start again in September.
It may be churches/ministers will seek to provide a live link for those in the churches to follow, either on Facebook or Youtube. Baptists Together have provided some advice on how to do this as well.
We are planning to develop some resources as an Association. We will let you know when these are available.
Prayer is vital. Baptists Together have produced some resources, which can be found on the above link.
We have taken the decision today to close the Association Office. The Regional Team will be working from home and the best way of contacting us in the first instance will be via email.
We are aware that if a minister needs to isolate, there may be specific situations that they are unable to respond to. If that happens, do let us know and we will seek to help if we can.
It would be great to share resources and stories during this time. If there is a way you are responding that might inform and inspire others, please let us know so that we can share it. Examples might include producing some reflections or preaching a recorded sermon; providing resources for prayer; how a particular action is responding to a community need. Let us encourage you to use our Facebook page for such purposes as well.
And finally, let us stand together as brothers and sisters in Christ to pray for our world, our churches and our communities. Let us pray for church leaders and churches, the government, our health service and all those providing care for the ill. Together let us pray for those who mourn, those who are fearful, those who are lonely and those struggling with varied practical issues.
Praying God’s blessing on you at this time.
From the Regional Team