Subsequent to the government's recent announcement, you will probably have heard that churches can reopen from the 4th of July 2020. You may therefore be wondering whether we will be open for service at Market Street (the building ) on the 5th.
We have been discussing how and when we can reopen for Face to Face services at Market Street, and although we are obviously as keen as everyone else within the church to see our church family, we can only proceed when it is as safe as possible to do so.
We discussed this at some length at Monday's Deacons meeting, and are planning in the first event to risk assess the Church and then to come up with a series of options, which we will then present to the church by email and will then try to move forward with whatever is safe, practical and provides the best access to church services to as many (or ideally all) of the congregation as possible.
In short, there won't be a service in the building on the 5th July, and the streamed service will continue as currently. We will let you know as soon as we can what our options going forward will be, and continue to appreciate your feedback as to how we are doing currently, and what you would like as we move onward.
It is still unclear how long this situation will continue, but we are still expanding what we are doing. This is mostly in the form of regular updates to our website, keeping in touch with our Church Fellowship, and Streaming Live services on Facebook, YouTube and our website.
This week we will be adding virtual coffee to the end of our streamed service as a Zoom Meeting, if we have your contact details you will have been sent an email with the meeting details and a link to allow you to join. If this has not made its way to you, and you would like to join, please let us know by emailing Minister@MarketStreetChurch.co.uk
With the church building now closed, we have been exploring and developing new ways to bring church to you, including streaming our services. We will continue to introduce new ways of doing things to ensure as far as we can that we meet the needs of the Market Street Church Family. Our minister (Rev Garry Wareham) and the Trustees will be keeping in touch with as many people as possible, or you can reach Garry by email on Minister@MarketStreetChurch.co.uk
Market Street Church will be doing all it can to respond pastorally and practically to the Coronavirus epidemic.
The Baptist Union of Great Britain has published 'Advice for Churches which can be accessed here: https://www.baptist.org.uk/Groups/337630/Coronavirus.aspx
The advice, as of 17 March, is that 'Sunday services should not now take place and the move to online meetings, wherever possible, will need to be developed.' We will therefore be suspending Sunday services until further notice, and we would value your prayerful support as we seek to develop a context where we can be a meaningful faith community whilst physically isolated from each other.
We ask everyone to remember before God those who are vulnerable and lonely, and those who are facing financial hardship as a result of this evolving situation. If you are aware of anyone in crisis or particular need, please contact our Minister Garry Wareham using the contact details on the website.
Further updates will appear on this page as the situation evolves.