Andy joins us on a temporary basis to help and encourage the staff team and serve the trustees during a period of interregnum. He has been a Baptist minister for 20 years and is involved in church planting north of Doncaster. He is married to Tracy and they have 3 grown up children. He loves cycling, riding his motorbike and walking their dog. He also runs his own business.
We want to keep you up-to-date with information and updates about Coronavirus from both the BUGB and professional opinion so that we can take appropriate action.
In light of the introduction of national lockdown in England from 5 January and the ongoing ‘alert level 4’ introduced across Wales on 20 December, the BUGB strongly encourages churches not to open their buildings for in-person meetings if at all possible.
The BUGB recognise that both the UK and Welsh Government guidelines allow churches to remain open during this period. However, given the significant increase in numbers of Covid-19 infections and pressure on the NHS, they advise churches to stand with the wider community in making every effort to limit the spread of the virus.
They will still support churches as they open their buildings to provide vital services to the local community, such as food banks, as has been the case throughout the pandemic.
They understand that geographical contexts differ across both England and Wales and are aware that the decision lies with the local church. Nonetheless they are also mindful of the pressure church leaders are under and the greater risk taken by all those involved in hosting open buildings for whom the BUGB have a duty of care.
This is a changing situation and the BUGB very much hope this will be their advice for only a short period.
The BUGB along with all at CRBC stand together in the hope we have in Christ and we are praying for all at this difficult time.
Meghan is married to Ryan and the mother of two wiggly boys, Tommy and Samuel. As a native of Texas who has only lived in England since Fall (editorial translation: Autumn!) 2015, she enjoys spending her spare time with all three of her boys exploring the local sites and taking in northern England’s culture, history, and way of life.