COVID-19

Update – 6th July 2020

In light of the Government’s announcement that Places of Worship can open for public services, the PCC have reviewed the information available from the Government, Council and the Church of England and have taken the difficult decision that at the moment, it is safer to keep our building closed and not reopen for public worship yet. We are continuing to review the situation and looking to see how best we can make use of the building and look to reopen when we can.

We do not want to rush things and act in haste and therefore we would ask for your patience in the coming days and weeks as we explore what needs to be in place to reopen safely. Hand sanitiser and dispensers will be installed shortly and this will be a big step towards reopening.

Once we reopen, whilst the virus is still around, it is likely that services will be shorter than what we are used to. There will be no singing, no refreshments, no sharing of the peace and Holy Communion will look different. Further information about what will happen will be distributed once we reopen.

In the meantime, our Sunday services will continue to be streamed on YouTube or via the website at 10:30am each Sunday morning. We continue to be live on Facebook at 9am, Monday – Saturday, with Morning Prayer. Please do join us if you would like to.

Once we do reopen, our plan is to continue to stream our services on YouTube. We are currently exploring what we need to put in place to do this. We will keep you posted on any developments.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to gathering together again, once it is safe to do so. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

God bless,

The Rev’d Tim Madeley, Vicar

(07307 191582)

 

Update - 13th June 2020

COVID-19 has changed a lot of what we know and love. This has affected how we meet as a Church as well. At this point in time, our building has been, and remains closed. At no point in time has the Church closed - we have simply adapted to the circumstances. 

At present, we are meeting virtually as a church to pray and worship together. Every morning (except Sunday), we meet at 9am on Facebook (www.facebook.com/christchurchbushmead) to join together for Morning Prayer. We use the Church of England liturgy to join with others up and down the nation who are using the same service. Most days, this is led by the Vicar, The Rev'd Tim Madeley. On Fridays, which is Tim's usual day off, our churchwarden, Dean Toney, leads our prayer. On occasions during the week, Amanda Madeley (Tim's wife) and Chris Pearce (a member of our PCC, worship leader and Parish Safeguarding Officer) will lead the service.

On a Sunday, we put together a service on YouTube. You can access this by clicking the YouTube icon at the bottom of the page. We premiere the service at 10:30am. Most weeks, this is live, but on occasions, it will be pre-recorded. Where a service has been pre-recorded, it will still premiere at 10:30am. After the service, we join together on Zoom for coffee. Details of the Zoom call are available from Tim (please send him a message).

On a Monday evening, during the lockdown, we have been meeting at 7:30pm on Zoom, to pray for the world, the nation, the church and needs of the community. Again, if you would like to be involved with this, please contact us for the Zoom details.

If you are coming to this page and have a prayer request, please do contact us (click the "Contact" button at the top of the page) and we will pray for you.

Despite the Government saying that churches can open for private prayer, the Church of England have left the decision to open to the local church. At the present time, the PCC took the view that we are not in a position to open our building for private prayer yet. Luton still has a high rate of transmission of COVID-19 and there are a lot of logistics that need to be in place to allow us to open the building for private prayer and we are of the view that at the moment, it is still not safe to do so. This decision will be kept under review by the PCC and we will update you when there are any changes to this.

The Community Support project that we have been running, in partnership with Bushmead Community Hub, continues - this is for residents in Bushmead who need help collecting shopping, medicine, items to be posted, or simply a friendly call to talk to someone. Until the 30th June, you can contact the support line on 0333 772 1709. From 1st July, if you need support as the lockdown is eased, please contact the Church office on 01582 454081 (whilst the office is closed, any calls to this number are being diverted to a mobile) or the Hub on 01582 422818. Support will continue for as long as it is needed.

Please be in touch if we can help in any way.

Yours in Christ,

The Rev'd Tim Madeley (Vicar)