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Covid-19 Updates

Update 10 January 2021
Once again we find ourselves in a time of lockdown. Prayer meetings and home groups, are not permitted to meet in person during this time but Bags of food and specific support groups can continue under covid secure regulations.

Although the government guidance allows for churches to continue to hold in person services, in order to protect our church family and local community we have decided to pause our plans to begin in person services during this time. Services can also continue to be broadcast, so Sunday services will continue on our YouTube channel.

Update 5 November 2020
Some of you may be concerned about what we are allowed to do meeting wise during the new lockdown period. Our understanding is that regular church meetings, including services, prayer meetings and home groups, are not permitted to meet in person during this time. However, Bags of food and specific support groups including Bublees, Oak Tree Café and Addiction Recovery are permitted to continue under covid secure regulations. We are also allowed to continue to broadcast our services from the Jubilee Centre, so Sunday services will continue to be livestreamed in the current format.

Update 23 October 2020
Since we paused our Sunday services in the Jubilee Centre back in March we’ve been pre-recording our online service each week. Over the last few months we’ve been busy preparing to begin livestreaming the service. Livestreaming will enable us to continue to broadcast our services online for those unable to join us when the time comes to restart in person services.
We’re pleased to announce that this Sunday (25 October) we’ll begin livestreaming. At this stage the worship will still be pre-recorded but the notices and preach will be coming to you live from the Jubilee Centre for the very first time! The service will begin on YouTube at 10:30am as usual, please bear with us if things are a little different this week while we work out this new way of doing church together. Please note this will not be an open, in person service and only those involved in the service will be allowed into the Jubilee Centre. Over the coming weeks we plan to introduce live worship and then a small congregation, we’ll keep you updated on progress as we work out all the technical issues, safety requirements and latest guidance.
Please continue to pray for the eldership and trustee group as we move forward in making difficult decisions together and please do get in touch if you would have any questions or comments.
Thank you for your support, patience and co-operation in helping us to keep each other safe.

Update 18 September 2020
Thank you for your patience as we get to grips with recent legislative changes re COVID. As a place of worship we are able to open up to some groups under our COVID secure requirements and guidelines, although certain groups will also be bound by the rule of 6 legislation. Therefore, we are currently working with the group leaders to identify their individual needs and requirements. In the meantime many of our groups are continuing to meet virtually or are able to meet together in groups of 6.
Over the last few weeks we’ve been busy preparing the Jubilee Centre for some groups to begin meeting again. We now have clear signage throughout the building reminding everyone of the precautions and guidance that must be followed. Face coverings must be worn, this is a legal requirement unless you meet an exception, and we are also operating a 2 metre social distancing policy.
Our plans for launching a livestream of Sunday services are progressing well. Over the summer the old PA/AV desk has been rebuilt to better accommodate the equipment needed for live streaming, while also allowing more space for those working there. Our current pre-recorded worship and message will continue until we’re ready to being live streaming, we will keep you updated when we have a date for this.
The recent changes in restrictions due to increased infection rates bring fear of a COVID#Wave.2 which is like Jonah's storm a bit daunting in all sorts of ways. But can I remind you that in the midst of those waves were a bunch of sailors who suddenly got very interested in salvation. We need to be facing the storm with a combination of spiritual boldness and faith as well as best COVID compliance and good practice
Please continue to pray for the eldership and trustee group as we move forward in making difficult decisions together and please do get in touch if you would have any questions or comments.
Thank you for your support, patience and co-operation in helping us to keep each other safe.
Update 24 July 2020
Following government guidance on Monday 16th March 2020 all our church services and activities were suspended or moved online.  Since then we have provided a Sunday morning message and worship on our YouTube Channel Jubilee Church Shepperton, while our home groups, youth group and support groups have met online.

Bags of Food has become the official food bank provision for the TW17 area and has seen a huge demand in referrals to support local families.  We receive regular donations of food and money from local individuals as well as many local business and other groups within Shepperton.  We expect this demand to continue for some time to come as the financial impact of the pandemic continues to be felt.

With the lifting of some restrictions and specific government guidance to places of worship about what they can and can’t do we are now able to begin to plan for the future of our services and activities.  It is clear that things will need to look very different for some time yet and we are therefore planning for a phased return to enable us to worship God and grow in faith together, while also safeguarding the health, safety and wellbeing of all involved.  The leaflet below outlines the steps we expect to take over the coming months as we work through these plans.  

Exiles Homeward Bound Outline

Updates about the progress will be added here regularly.  We understand that you may have questions or comments and would encourage you to get in touch.
Update 17 March 2020

As a result of clear government advice given out on Monday evening, 16th March it has been made clear that churches are included within the category of organisation that should be avoided in order to reduce the spread of Covid-19. As a result of this we have taken the decision to suspend all church meetings until further notice. This includes all our ‘gateway’ activities, small groups and Sunday service.

Please be aware that this is not a decision taken lightly but only after careful prayer, consideration and consultation.

In order to keep us connected we are currently looking at providing an online Sunday morning facility that will include worship and a biblical message which we are hoping to set up for this coming Sunday. Please check back here for updates.

Through Bags of Food, a form of foodbank provision we run as a church, we are also looking to prepare for a time when we will probably need to deliver food supplies to those who are isolated. We will keep you informed of ways in which you can help with this service as well.

God bless you and thanks for your forbearance during these difficult times. Can I strongly encourage you to think with faith rather than fear and look for God-given opportunities to be a more ‘scattered’ church.

Dave Webb-Peploe, Lead Elder

Click here to download a PDF of advice regarding Covid-19 (Coronavirus).