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National Lockdown in England - Implications for Churches

What are the new coronavirus restrictions in England, what are the implications for churches, and what should churches and leaders do next?


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Presented during this week's Leadership in Lockdown webinar, John Stevens gave an update on the new coronavirus restrictions from the national lockdown in England which starts today (5 November), and their implications for churches. This was followed by a Q&A with church leaders.

00:00 - National lockdown in England overview

09:15 - Implications for churches and ministry

13:46 - Church responses to new restrictions

16:25 - Advice to churches and leaders

22:00 - Q&A

  • The new legislation uses language like "reasonably possible". How do we interpret that in terms of church ministry?
  • What does 'open-air recreation' mean in the guidance?
  • Should activities for youth and children now cease?
  • Can one-to-one meetings for spiritual support and care continue in a church building?
  • Can drive-in services happen within this lockdown?
  • Will these restrictions go on to cover the Christmas period?
  • Can churches deliver things to people's homes, like groceries or activities from the church?
  • Do you think churches are regarded as a risk because some churches have not followed the rules?
  • Would it be better to forgo our right instead of arguing for them, and share in the suffering of others in this lockdown?
  • Can one-to-one pastoral visits happen as a walk in the park together?
  • Can we post leaflets to our communities?
  • If we can commemorate the death of someone in church according to the restrictions, don't we do that every Sunday and can therefore continue to meet?

You can watch or listen to other webinars and sign up for future webinars on the Leadership in Lockdown page.

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