Current Status Regarding Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic
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Last Updated: 27th January 2021
As the country is in this third national lockdown, we have taken careful thought about how we respond in each of our churches across the parish. You’ll find here a clear statement about our current position. Current regulations allow for public worship to continue and we will ensure that our buildings and any acts of worship will be Covid secure. Please be assured that this will be reviewed regularly.
Although there will be no services for the foreseeable future, please do not hesitate to contact Natasha or Mike if you want to chat or would like us to pray with you, or for you.
KSC will be closed for public worship but there will be a small team on duty each Sunday when it will be open from 10:30am for prayer. Sunday online services will continue, and those who can worship at home are encouraged to do so.
10:30am Live greetings from the Clergy Team Accessed through our Facebook page https:/www.facebook.com/stmarkskeighley
10:45am Worship at Home
Accessed through our YouTube channel or link here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUCJZawvv-El2evtSjBlN7A/playlists
11:45am: Coffee after church on Zoom
Meeting ID: 819 5600 9958, Passcode: 984461
St Barnabas will be open for private prayer 10:00 – 10:30am Sundays, and will live stream a short service at 10:30am which can be found on YouTube. Search for ‘St Barnabas Keighley live’ to find the live stream.
Existing online services, on Wednesdays and Sundays, will continue. There will also be a 5:00pm online Evening Prayer every Thursday. Please see the Weekly Activities page for further details.
St John’s, Ingrow
A shortened Service of Worship will be held at St John’s each Sunday at 11:00am. This will also be live streamed via Facebook. In person attendance maximum = 20 households, Covid-19 restrictions in place.
Across the parish there have been shining examples of love and care for others and as we start another lockdown I’d like to encourage all of us to intentional care for our neighbours, friends and fellow congregation members. January can be a particularly hard month at the best of times!
We may not be able to meet in person in the ways we would be we can continue to love and bless others by a phone call or text message.
And let’s continue with those good habits of caring for ourselves and nurturing our spiritual lives; let’s find that time daily to be with God; to sit quietly; to read our Bibles; to pray. There is the ‘Daily Hope’ free telephone line 0800 804 8044 for a short service or if you’ve got the technology you can join the daily prayer on the Keighley Parish Facebook page. And there is much to pray for isn’t there?
Here are some verses that have spoken to me at the start of this new year – may we know Jesus as the firm foundation on whom we stand and the one who goes before us. Rev Mike
Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.
Anyone visiting a church will be asked to follow strict hygiene and distancing rules, with hand sanitiser provided on entry and measures in place to enable appropriate social distancing. Bibles and other printed material will not be available so please bring your own if you need this for private prayer. Parents or other responsible adults from their household are responsible for ensuring that children follow social distancing guidance.
We are all aware of the numbers of people self-isolating and we want to reassure you of our love and care and affirm our commitment to help you in any way possible. We are seeking to organise this at a congregational level so do get in touch with your local clergy, church wardens or the parish office if there is anything that we can do to help you at this time.
The Keighley Hub is set up and operating to deliver shopping and medication to those in need. You can find information about the programme and sign up to be a volunteer at peoplecanbradforddistrict.org.uk. The local work is also being supported by Keighley Volunteer Centre and you can find out more on their website or by contacting them 01535 609506. Our churches may become distribution centres and local hubs.
Bradford Council Contact Centre are handling enquiries and sharing information with the . The contact centre will also connect vulnerable people to the right support. 01274 431000
Please do continue to pray for our government, local councils, NHS staff and all involved in responding to this crisis.