INFORMATION RELATING TO THE CURRENT SITUATION AND HBC
I’m sure that you have all heard of the latest rules laid down by the government to combat the rise in the number of Covid cases and the new Omicron variant. This will affect what we can do as a church directly, but we also want to do whatever we can to keep you all safe. Therefore:
If you are not feeling well, we would ask you not to come. Please bear in mind that many have described onset of Covid as feeling like a cold! If you can it makes sense to take a lateral flow test before you come to any church gathering.
We are asking you all to wear masks once again when you are in church, and to sanitise your hands when you come into the building and then whenever appropriate thereafter. If you need a mask, we will have some available. We are aware that some people cannot wear masks for reasons of physical or mental health, and we trust that you will make allowances for that.
There is a strong emphasis being placed on keeping indoor venues well ventilated. We will try to do this as sensitively as we can, but we are aware that the weather has been cold, so we ask you to wear extra layers so that you can keep warm.
We are continuing to offer coffee after the service, but we ask that when you have your drink you return with it to the main church so that the foyer doesn’t get too congested.
We have also taken, with some sadness, a decision that there will not be a Christmas Eve midnight service this year, as numbers attending are impossible to predict and therefore seating people safely would be a problem.
Thank you for bearing with us in this. This is clearly not how we would want things to be, but we are asking you to do these things to keep everybody as safe as possible.
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.