Covid-19 Statement

Update 21/3/2020

Hey there lovely people,

Firstly let me say that we hope that you are ok, please do let us know if we can do anything to help.

As you may have hear due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, and in accordance with guidance from the government and Baptist Union, all regular activities at West Lane Baptist Church have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. This is something we had hoped would not need to happen, however we have a responsibility to make sure that we do all we can to keep everyone who uses our building safe.

During this time we hope to provide some form of Sunday service online, as well as seeking to find ways to make this accessible to those without the internet. I’m sure this will continue to change and develop as time goes on. For the time being however, we will be providing a short service Sunday Mornings at 10:30am on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/westlanebaptist), technology permitting this will be live streamed but we have something pre-recorded just in case. You don’t need a Facebook account to watch the livestream, but if you want to comment or interact with the video you will need to create an account. Local BBC radio will also be broadcasting a Sunday service at 8am, initially led by the archbishop of Canterbury.

We would encourage all of us to ‘be good neighbours’ on and to their streets, offering support / calls / texts where possible. You might feel like you can do nothing, but even a phone call would help many. The best way for us to get through this time is by looking after those around us, being kind to one another.

Things will change and develop as time progresses so please be patient as we get used to a new way of working. We do look forward to the day we can meet together again in a great celebration.

Blessings

Chris & Joe

Update 16/3/2020

We just wanted to let you know what we are doing in response to the Coronavirus. We want to continue to be a welcoming community but also sensible considering current circumstances.

At present, there is no advice about people gathering together, and therefore church services remain in place, and all are welcome (We will update if this advice changes, either nationally or locally.) We will let you know about other Church events such as drop-in lunch as advice is updated.

However, If you have coronavirus symptoms of high temperature or a new, continuous cough then please stay at home for 7 days, as is government advice. (And let someone from church know so we can be in contact and support you.) We are aware that some of you are choosing to limit your social contact currently, and so we will endeavour to Livestream the Church services as technology allows. You can view this here https://www.facebook.com/westlanebaptist/ (You do not need a Facebook account to view this).