In response to the advice we've been given by the Government and our denomination, we're currently not running any of our physical meetings. However in the video above, Pete explains how we're continuing 'to be church': loving God, loving our neighbours and loving one another inspite of the current challenges posed by the Coronavirus.
Here's a summary of the main points.
Pete and David will be filming a message and prayers each week to post on our facebook page, which can be accessed with or without an account at www.facebook.com/DownendBaptist.
CD recordings of these messages will be available for anyone without internet connection.
We'll also produce a short, written summary which will also be made available on Facebook and emailed to everyone on our distribution list.
These are cancelled until further notice but we're looking to establish online small groups which can meet via video chat. If you're interested in joining one of these, get in contact via any of our usual channels.
Cancelled until further notice.
We've divided those in our church directory between our leadership team who will ring weekly (or more often if required) to check spiritual, mental and physical wellbeing.
Our written thought for the week will be read to those who do not have email and prayers will be offered over the phone.
Communion home visits have been stopped until further notice.
Anyone aware of a pastoral need should contine to notify Pete/David in the normal way.
All our fellowship are encuraged to support friends and families with regular telephone calls etc.
We've established a small group of volunteers to provide practical support where possible in response to any requests. If you'd like to join this team, please do get in touch.
We are determined to continue being a source of hope and light in our wider community throughout this time. We appreciate that there is concern and anxiety about the ongoing situation so if you would like to speak to someone about prayer requests or other matters where we may be of assistance please call 0117 970 1058 and leave a message, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Both the answer phone and email are continuously monitored remotely and one of our Ministers will call you back as soon as practicable.
We also encourage all our fellowship to get invovled in supporting their neighbours - A handy slip to deliver on your street can be printed from http://bit.ly/cv19help.
Thank you, in advance for all of your understanding and support as we go through this unusual time. Let's continue to look out for one another, to be community and to remain hopeful together.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic we have been advised to cease all church services and other church meetings.
Therefore, all Sunday Services, Ladies Enterprise and Kings Club are cancelled until further notice.
We appreciate that there is concern and anxiety about the ongoing situation so if you would like to speak to someone about prayer requests or other matters where we may be of assistance please call 0117 970 1058 and leave a message, or email email@example.com and one of our Ministers will call you back as soon as practicable.
For more information, please visit our coronavirus page.