24 July 2020: Update on reopening church. From Marilyn Webb, James Collins & Mike Vam
We are sure many of you will be keen to get back into our building for our worship services and the ministries that generally take place there. Our first event back in the building was the wedding of Ben and Ellie last Saturday, we did have some technical issues, but it did work on the day because of an enormous effort by some of our technical people, a huge thank you to you all. Please remember Ben and Ellie in your prayers as they begin their married life together, it was not the wedding they were planning but nevertheless it was a lovely moving service.
We are hoping that the next occasion we will be using the building will be Sunday 26 July when we will be broadcasting our Sunday morning service from there. This will mean that the service will go out live on Facebook at 10.30am and shortly after the service has finished it will be available on our website. This week we will be sharing communion so please make sure you have some bread and wine, or your equivalent ready to join in.
In due course we plan to also welcome some church members into the building to join us. When appropriate there will be a booking system on the website and for those of you who cannot access the internet you will be able to contact the church office to book a place, you will not be able to just turn up because of the limit on numbers who can attend. Under current regulations we will only be able to invite about 30 people into the church building and we need to put a lot of precautions in place before we can do that in a safe way. There will need to be social distancing inside and outside of the building, with a one way system of entry and exit and hand sanitising on entry. People will need to remain in their seats at all times and we will not be allowed to sing or serve refreshments. It will seem very different to what we are used to but it will be a step towards more normal times. In all of this our priority has to be to follow the Government guidelines to keep everyone safe. We will let you know when you can book in to attend a service and we recognise that this is not for everyone just yet.
As restrictions relax and we become more proficient at managing the risk and doing the cleaning in between events, we will begin to think about opening up for other activities, including prayer meetings and outreach ministries. We look forward to being back in our building and to greeting many of you face to face once again.
9 July 2020: Press Pealease regarding our Building Planning Permission
Please visit our project section here, or directly via www.purleybaptist.org/pressrelease
3 July 2020: Update on reopening church. From James Collins, Marilyn Webb & Mike Vam
We are sure many of you will be following with interest the flow of information coming from the Government about getting our communities open again following the virus lockdown. We have now received from the Government and the Baptist Union a considerable amount of complex guidelines for the opening of worship services and community events in churches. If you would like to take a look at these and consider their impact on your area of church life, there are some links below:
Mike Vamvadelis and Marilyn will be examining this advice and putting together a project management schedule to ensure that we conform with all the legal requirements, have the necessary precautions in place and move forward at a measured pace to ensure we keep everyone safe. Whilst we appreciate that many of us are really looking forward to meeting together again, our first priority continues to be following the government guidelines and ensuring the safety of all our Church Members and visitors.
We will be in touch with you all again soon when we can outline our proposals for opening our building and in the meantime we ask you to be patient with this process so that we can move forward appropriately whilst still keeping everyone safe.
15 June 2020: From James Collins, Senior Pastor (on behalf of the Pastors and the Leadership Team)
It’s approaching three months since the start of lockdown. As we’ve rung round the congregation, it’s been fascinating, encouraging and humbling to hear your different experiences and reactions to this strange and challenging situation.
We are now beginning the long process of ‘unlocking’ and re-emerging into the world. Undoubtedly things will have changed – the virus has touched us all in different ways and we’ll need to accept and embrace a somewhat different way of life.
You may have noticed that the government has announced that places of worship can now open for private prayer. At the time of writing we are still working through the detailed guidance on this but it is clear that this is only for individuals (rather than groups) and strict social distancing will be required. If praying in the church building is something you’d like to do, please let the church office know. Once we have an idea of how many people are interested we will work out how best to do this.
You may have seen one of the growing number of articles about how church life will emerge from lockdown. As you can imagine, we have been reading these. My overall conclusion is that the process of ‘unlocking’ will take a good length of time and we’ll need to be able to respond to emerging government guidance in a timely but considered way. Furthermore, we’ll also need to accept that our outreach will need to be focused on a somewhat different set of needs. We anticipate that there will be more financial hardship and all the problems that come with that. As we’ve been praying over this the word ‘recalibrate’ has surfaced in our discussions. We believe that all aspects of our church life will need to be carefully measured and, where appropriate, reorganised to fit the new circumstances we emerge into.
5 June 2020 George Floyd: response from our pastors sent to PBC Members
I am sure like all of us you have been appalled and distressed by the news and video footage of the grievous murder of George Floyd. We stand with all of those who have protested about this abhorrent wickedness. We pray that, by the grace of God, this will be a watershed moment; may he deliver our society from the evil of racism in all its forms. May our church family be a beacon of light – a place of genuine community where all dividing walls of hostility are broken down by the Lord Jesus.
You might be interested to read the responses and reflections from within the Baptist Union which are posted HERE. In particular, have a look at the reflection entitled ‘We are all George Floyd, black people can’t breathe!’ by Yinka Oyekan, the President of the Baptist Union. Additionally, James has written a brief response in his blog - click HERE. Furthermore, reflections, prayers and discussions are on the our Facebook Page and our Facebook Congregation Group.
We have invited Stephen Akinsanya to speak in our online service on Sunday. As a barrister he has a wealth of experience of the criminal justice system and many of you will remember how he sensitively and wisely helped us in understanding and responding to the issue of knife crime some months ago. We are looking forward to what he has to say to us as we continue to learn what it means to be authentic disciples of Jesus in the midst of a divided and broken society.
Yours in Christ
Revd Tim Allen, Revd Dr James Collins, Revd Mark Humm and Revd Marilyn Webb
20 March 2020
During this season of ‘social distancing’ here is how we are looking to ‘build community’.
See details in a letter from the pastoral team available here.
17 March 2020 9.20pm
All church activities that involve people in physical proximity will cease immediately until further notice.
See details in a letter from Senior Pastor James Collins available here.
17 March 2020 1.30pm
Following the latest Government guidelines, the following activities will not be happening:
- Night Shelter (Wednesday evening/Thursday morning, last session)
- The Link Homeless Drop-in Thursday evening and until further notice
17 March 2020 am
We are currently prayerfully considering how the government advice issued yesterday (16 March) impacts upon our programme of activities. We will update this page as soon as possible.
13 March 2020
We are regularly monitoring government and NHS advice regarding Coronavirus. Our Sunday services and other midweek activities will continue as normal for now. Any changes to the church programme will be publicised here and by email to those on our distribution list.
The latest update letter from the church is available here: Letter 13 March 2020
Please do remember to pray about the outbreak. We are recommending the use of these Prayer Points.
Latest government advise is is available here. If you are unable to attend church and have to self-isolate please stay in touch and let us know.
Contact the Church Office by email or call 020 8668 0422 (answerphone outside of working hours).