Last Updated 3 July 2020
You will have heard the Government announcement permitting places of worship to open again from Saturday 4 July 2020. We wanted to let you know that, unfortunately, this won’t be the case for The Christian Centre, and it may be some time yet before we are able to meet in person on a Sunday morning again.
We know how disappointing this is. As a leadership team we too long to be back together as a family in person, however there are several reasons why we’re not able to do so yet.
Firstly, we don’t own our own building so hire our meeting space at St Mary’s Centre each week. The building is currently closed to the public and is unlikely to open again until mid-August. We are keeping in close contact with the building manager to ensure that we can meet again at St Mary’s Centre as soon as it is safe to do so.
Secondly, based on the current Government guidance, due to social distancing rules, there is a limit to the number of people who would be allowed in the main hall at any one time. This means we would need to hold multiple services (potentially 3 or 4 each Sunday) to ensure that everyone who usually attends is able to do so.
We do not think that there is a practical way to be able to do this, especially given that we hire the room from St Mary’s. It would be too big of a task each week to hold multiple services, as well as organising the cleaning that would be needed between each.
In addition, holding multiple services brings different risks associated with potential ‘cross contamination’ between services. We simply do not have the number of people required for separate teams to host individual services each week to overcome this.
Similarly, it is almost certain that face coverings would be required to meet the social distancing guidelines. It is also unlikely that we will be able to share in communion together and singing is not allowed.
As a leadership team, we have discussed this and other possible scenarios and we strongly feel that meeting under such measures is simply not church. Because of this, meeting online continues to be the preferred option.
Therefore, for now, we will continue to meet online for our Sunday and midweek meetings. We understand that an online service isn’t the same as meeting in person, but we thank God that we are able to join together to share in worship, communion and hear God’s Word each Sunday as a family.
It’s understandably disappointing that it will be sometime yet until we can meet again in person, however, we are keeping the situation under constant review. As soon as it is safe and practical for us to meet together again, we will.
We will continue to keep you updated as matters progress and change. There is likely to be a possibility of meeting in smaller house group settings before getting together as a full church again. We are planning to progress this as and when we hear it becomes a possibility.
We love you and continue to pray for you.
David, Paul, Brian, Ben & Tola
17 May 2020
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16 March 2020
You may have seen news of the Prime Minister’s briefing this evening in which the Government has asked people to take significant measures to restrict movements, including the need to “avoid unnecessary contact” in social environments.
This evening, the leadership team has spoken at length and we have decided to suspend all services at The Christian Centre until further notice. This includes our upcoming baptism and ordination services and all midweek meetings.
We have taken this decision in conjunction with the latest news and Government guidance issued today and out of a sense of duty to our church family.
In the coming days we will issue further guidance and information about how we will be keeping in contact with everyone including how we are going to do church online – we’re going to need to be creative!
Please keep checking this page for further information.
You can also join our Facebook Group for further the opportunity to join our community online.
Please continue to pray in faith over this whole situation.