COVID-19

COVID-19 Update

Update on 5th January 2021

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on the evening of Monday 4th January, places of worship "may" open. Given the increased rates of infection in Luton and the strain on the L&D Hospital, we do not feel it is wise to remain open. This is despite the fact that we have good COVID protocols in place. Given that other businesses are required to close, we also need to stand in solidarity with them. When looking at the Government's regulations, it contradicts itself with regards to places of worship so I am hoping there will be official guidance from the Church of England and Diocese shortly. This will be reviewed once it is received.

Therefore, with a heavy heart, we will be switching back to online worship only for the next few weeks. I understand this will be a disappointment, but on balance, I feel it is the only right and proper thing we can do. A good number of you have already contacted me to say that at the moment, you do not feel comfortable coming to the building and are staying at home and joining us online.

We will be streaming our regular Sunday morning service at 10:30am on YouTube and our website, as before. 

We intend to restart Zoom coffee after the service as we were doing previously.

The PCC will review this decision when we next meet on 25th January.

If anyone would appreciate a CD (audio only) or DVD of the service, please let me know.

The Church Office will be closed during the latest lockdown but we will be working from home.  However, we can be contacted via email. Phone messages will still be picked up.

Please do be praying over the coming weeks that this latest lockdown will bring down infection rates whilst the vaccines are rolled out and that we will be able to see restrictions eased as soon as it is safe to do so.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

God bless,

The Rev’d Tim Madeley, Vicar

Email: tim@christchurch-bushmead.org.uk

Phone: 07307 191582