COVID-19

Opening church for worship - 9th August 2020

QBC will be opening for services on August 9th 2020. Please read the following documents for information:

Notice dated 17th March 2020:

Following the Government’s announcements on 16th and 17th March 2020, the Baptist Union have updated their advice to churches this morning, as below:

Church services and activities: practical advice
The advice is now that people should avoid meeting together wherever possible and this will have an impact on meeting on Sunday and at other times during the week.
Sunday services should not now take place and the move to online meetings, wherever possible, will need to be developed.

As a result all official gatherings, at church, or at people’s houses are being cancelled until further notice.
This will affect such gatherings as Sunday services, Look Out Groups, prayer meetings, First Steps, Coffee Mornings, Kids’ Club etc

Email from Ian Smith dated 17th March 2020:

Dear friends
I'm sure you will all have been following the development of the corona virus situation and the ever changing guidance from Government. Following yesterday's statements the Baptist Union issued new guidance this morning advising us to suspend all meetings. At QBC we are following this advice and therefore there will be no gatherings at church and no official gatherings of church elsewhere (e.g. the Look Out Groups).

The scriptures call us to trust in the Lord and also offer His protection. However there is also human responsibility which we merge with our trust in God – we follow best advice and we trust in the Lord. Psalm 91 is full of those comforting words of protection (Surely He will save you…from the deadly pestilence… You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday… For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.) The latter words may actually be more familiar to us from the gospel accounts where the Devil tempts Jesus to presume upon His Father’s protection by throwing himself off the temple. However Jesus replies, it is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.
Let our hearts not be filled with anxiety at this time, but with the Lord's peace. Pray that our trust in Him may be a comfort and an encouragement to others.

At this time what can you do?
  • Please follow Government advice on hygiene and reducing social contact to minimise the spread of disease.
  • Please look out for each other in the fellowship of church, and for family, friends, and neighbours. You may be able to offer your help in one of the informal networks that are springing up.
  • If you can offer help to others, or if you are in need of help please contact Alison Shipway (560928) or the church office (621106) and we will coordinate things.
  • Keep in prayer for the Government, advisers, medical services, essential services, those affected by the disease, etc.
We are planning how to do church in an online kind of way. Looking at how we can live stream or pre-record a mini-service each week. More on this later.
Regards
Ian