Lockdown Ministry in Wales (Webinar)
A webinar and Q&A to help think through church ministry in Wales during the coronavirus lockdown and to hear what some churches are currently doing.
This Leadership in Lockdown webinar is hosted by Jonathan Thomas, pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Church in Abergavenny. He is joined by FIEC National Director John Stevens to look through the current coronavirus guidelines for Wales, and three church leaders in Wales to share what ministry currently looks like in their churches.
00:59 - Bible reflection: Colossians 1:15-20 (John Stevens)
09:26 - Coronavirus law and guidance in Wales (John Stevens)
30:18 - Churches in lockdown:
- Jonny Raine, Pontrhydyrun Baptist Church;
- Tim Gill, Newtown Evangelical Church;
- Dafydd Cunningham, Ebenezer Baptist Church.
41:19 - Q&A
- Can staff meetings take place in a church building without masks?
- Who can gather outdoors?
- Are visors acceptable as face coverings?
- Which legislation should be followed for English classes held in a church building?
- Can children share toys/books in children's groups?
- Do children need to socially distance?
- How should we think about wider ministries taking place midweek?
- Social interaction rules do not apply to places of worship, but do apply for activities taking place in private homes;
- There is no limit on attendance numbers to church services except for the space available when including 2m social distancing;
- Singing and chanting should be avoided but a single person can sing behind a screen;
- Face coverings are needed unless 'working' as staff, exempt, or under 11;
- Baptism by immersion is allowed, with restrictions;
- Open-air gatherings are permitted for up to 30 people, with social distancing;
- Youth and children's minister is limited only by the size of the venue.
- Teamtalk: Persevering in Uncertain Times (emw.org.uk);
- Coronavirus regulations: frequently asked questions (gov.wales);
- September update on Welsh reopening guidance (eauk.org);
- Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance (churchinwales.org.uk);
- Preparing to Worship Together in Our Buildings (epcbcw.cymru);
- Guidelines for Reopening Our Chapels (buw.org.uk).
You can watch previous webinars and sign up for future webinars on the Leadership in Lockdown page.