Opening for Worship from 1st April 2021

Trustees of Battle Baptist Church have agreed to open the premises for worship in a limited and COVID-secure way from 1st April.  The reasons for their decision are as follows:

  • Attending a place of worship in a COVID-secure way continues to be legal, even in national lockdown.
  • On 22nd February, the Government set out its ‘roadmap’: a timetable for the easing of restrictions over the coming months.  As a result of this, the Baptist Union withdrew its recommendation that Baptist churches remain closed.
  • Lockdown has led to a dramatic decline in the number of COVID-19 cases locally: last week there were 10 cases per 100k in Rother, whereas back in January it was over 700.
  • The vaccination programme means that those who are most vulnerable to serious illness with the virus (those over 70 years of age and those with underlying health conditions) have received their first dose. People in their fifties are currently able to book appointments for vaccination.
  • Sufficient measures have been put in place at the church to reduce the risk of spread of the virus.
  • Gatherings will be managed by identifiable members of the fellowship (‘stewards’) who will encourage those attending to follow the protocols in place so that meeting for worship remains COVID-secure.

Here is a letter detailing the necessary measures that will be in place at the church in order to minimise the risk of spread of COVID-19:

Letter re reopening for worship

Trustees have taken account of comprehensive advice as part of their decision making process, including the following documents: Roadmap Spring 2021 guidance for safe use of places of worship

Baptist Union (BU) Guidance on reopening Baptist Churches

BU Guidance on Church Worship

Welcoming back children and young people

As we prepare to welcome children and young people back to the church from 12th April at the earliest (Step 2 of the Government’s roadmap), Trustees and the staff team have been briefed on relevant Government and BU guidance.

Safety of staff

We have carried out a risk assessment for BBC as an employer which will be reviewed ahead of 17th March at the earliest (Step 3 of the Government’s roadmap).

COVID RA for church as employer 12.03.21