Corona Virus

Hanham Baptist Church is continuing to meet as normal on Sunday.

We encourage you to take all sensible precautions to keep yourself healthy, including washing hands with soap and water (for 20 seconds) or using sanitizer gel to kill germs, carrying tissues and using them to catch coughs and sneezes, and binning the tissue; and avoiding touching your face and mouth.

There will be sanitizing hand gel and antibacterial soap and bins available. Because we use individual cups we will continue with communion as normal.

It is a wise precaution to keep physical contact to a minimum, therefore we will not be shaking hands at the door and would advise you not to physically make contact with others as well. Having said that it is important that we still express our love and concern for others in practical ways and ask you to be creative in how you continue to demonstrate this.

Please do look after yourselves (you are very important to us). If you develop symptoms of a cough or a high temperature or shortness of breath, you should stay away from other people for at least the next 7 days. If your high temperature lasts longer than 7 days, stay at home until its' back to normal. For more help call NHS 111 and ask for advice or consult their website - Corona19 is a pandemic affecting the whole world and people who have been abroad recently, need to be extra vigilant.

We recognise that many of us are in the over 60 age group and therefore officially more at risk. Because of this we have suspended KOB meetings for the next two months. Pastoral care will still be important, but we want to act wisely to ensure we don’t inadvertently pass on infections. If you are unwell can you, in addition to the advice above, let the Pastor know (0117 904 1703) so that we can do our best to make sure you are okay.

It looks likely that we may enter a period nationally where large gatherings are temporarily banned, and we will be considering what online worship might be possible and how email, phone and social media can be used to offer pastoral support if visiting becomes impossible. If you could help our care by being willing to phone someone who is isolating every-other day, could you please let the pastor know.

This is a difficult and very fluid situation that we need to take seriously. We will monitor Government advice and will inform you of any changes to the way we meet via email and the church website.

But we also need to remember that we have a God who is in charge and cares for us. So please keep an eye out for each other and remember each other in prayer.

The Message translation of Philippians 4:7 says;

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life.