The Church of God of Prophecy UK is committed to doing all that it can to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus, (COVID-19).
In light of global precautions and to ensure we are adhering to the direction given by the UK Government and Chief Medical Officer, our church Board is monitoring the prevailing situation around this virus and meeting regularly to review how we can reduce risks and provide our membership population with practical precautions to prevent the spread of infection.
Public Worship Services
It is with regret that we have decided to suspend public worship services in the Church of God of Prophecy UK for the time being, in line with government guidance. As a leadership team we are looking at alternative ways to continue providing worship services and pastoral care.
Keeping you Informed
There will be a robust communication plan to ensure that our church networks are appropriately kept informed. As the advice from our government changes, then these guidelines will be updated, but we recommend that members take responsibility to regularly visit our church website and communications on the NHS website (https://111.NHS.uk).
There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
Good hand hygiene is always vital in reducing the spread of this virus. Wash hands more frequently, for at least 20 seconds, in running water, with soap, and use hand sanitising gel. Only single-use hand towels should be used in your toilet facilities.
Also avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands.
Click here to download the NHS Hand Hygiene Poster to publish in your toilet facilities at your local church.
We have released guidance to our local churches on how our sanctuaries are cleaned (deep cleaning and routine cleaning). Extra attention will be given to high traffic areas especially metal surfaces like door handles, facia plates, microphones, and seats.
Click here to read cleaning advice from the government.
Protecting our Vulnerable Members
Government Guidance is under constant review and so Government guidance must be followed. Current guidance includes:
The church will be taking a proactive approach to ensuring supportive and protective contingency measures are in place for all members, the elderly and vulnerable and all those who may need to be in isolation.
Social distancing measures are steps that the government has asked that we take to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
If a member develops symptoms or is diagnosed with the virus
Supporting our Members
Ministry and wellbeing of the elderly or those staying at home
Prayer for families and communities
Church of God of Prophecy is an international church family, operating at Local, National and International levels. As we find ourselves in this most difficult situation, we are concerned about our church family and people everywhere who have been adversely impacted. We are gathering information and learning from our church families around the world, who are currently facing severe difficulties and uncertainties around this situation. We do ask that we hold everyone up in prayers, particularly in those countries where the rate of infection of this virus is greatly advanced.
Hebrews 13:5 “Jesus said, I will never leave you nor forsake you,” that you may boldly say, the Lord is my helper.
‘Father in your name, we call on you today in the promise of your word. We pray for those who are at this time struggling with the fears and concerns around this virus. Father we act in belief and confidence in your promises, knowing that you have not given us the spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. We therefore embrace the promise of your word, even in the midst of this time of uncertainty. We are still persuaded that your precious blood heals and makes whole. We pray for our church family: we pray for those in our communities who maybe feeling insecure and isolated. We pray for our decision-makers, medical experts, leaders national and international. Father we rest our cares in your hands, in the name of Jesus. Amen’
Issued by COGOP UK National Presiding Bishop and Board of Trustees 17th March 2020
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