FIEC’s Ministry During Coronavirus
What do the restrictions around coronavirus mean for FIEC’s ministries? Here’s an update about our day to day operation - including current plans for our conferences.
We are living in strange times. With Government advice on coronavirus changing on a daily basis, we have had to act quickly to make sure we are doing all we can to mitigate the threat of the virus and ensure we are obeying Romans 13 and submitting to those in authority.
In light of the latest guidelines, there are some decisions we have taken about our work and ministry which we wanted to inform you of. We plan to review this on a rolling monthly basis.
In line with Government advice, we are encouraging our staff team to work from home.
Technology allows us to access all our work remotely and we can even dial into our phone system from afar. That means that you will still be able to contact us, and we plan to operate the FIEC office as normally as possible.
That said, there will nobody in the office itself on a day-to-day basis for the foreseeable future in light of the Prime Minister’s announcement on 23 March.
In addition, a number of staff members are balancing their home-working with childcare duties, so if things take a little longer to get a response than normal – please bear with us.
We plan to close from week commencing 6 April for Easter. We wouldn’t normally close at this time of year (except for the usual bank holidays) but it makes sense to cease our operations for a week during the holiday period. We will re-open on Tuesday 14 April.
We have cancelled all of our Local Conferences until at least Easter in response to Government guidelines about gatherings. This means that conferences that were due to take place in Newtown, Reading, Merthyr, Derby, Mickfield, Flitwick and Leicester will no longer happen.
We are thinking about what online versions of the Local Conferences might look like and are considering software packages to invest in to see if we can deliver some of this material virtually.
We will make decisions about future Local Conferences after Easter and will, of course, be following Government advice as it is updated in the coming weeks.
Leaders’ Conference 2020
A number of people have been in touch asking about bookings for the Leaders’ Conference this November.
We had planned to open bookings last week with an early-bird price for delegates who booked before Easter. While we will continue to plan the Conference, we are not planning to open bookings at the moment.
To be clear - we very much hope that the Leaders’ Conference will happen as normal in November (9-11) but we recognise that churches have enough to think about in the weeks to come, so we will not plan to open bookings until after the Easter break at the earliest. Please do keep the dates in your diary.
Thrive and Ministry Wives' Retreat 2020
Our women's ministry conferences for 2020 have been cancelled in response to Government guidelines about gatherings.
All those who have booked have been notified and refunds are being arranged. If this has not been done for you yet, please contact us.
The venue has been booked for 2021 so please keep an eye for the details of next year's events.
Inevitably, the senior ministry team suddenly have clearer diaries than they did a fortnight ago. Meetings and preaching engagements which were planned for the coming weeks have been postponed or cancelled.
In light of that - we intend to increase the output on our website and social media channels, making sure you have access to ministry resources as we seek to serve you in the weeks ahead. We plan to provide a good mix of articles related to the current situation, as well as continuing what we might call “business as usual” resources. Just as our churches cannot meet together at the moment and are making good use of technology, we want to do the same for our wider ministry.
Please get in touch with us if there are any resources you think would be particularly useful to you.
While it’s not possible for FIEC to carry on as normal for the coming weeks, we do hope we can continue to serve your work and ministry in these very different times.
Please pray for us, as we continue to pray for you.