Since last weeks announcement below there have been further instances of Covid infections within our congregation. We have therefore decided to keep this weeks Saturday and Sunday services online only.
You can access Sunday’s livestream here: Watch live on YouTube.
We will not be meeting in person this Sunday 14th March as a precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the church family. The morning service will be live streamed through YouTube at 10.30AM and can be accessed through the SRMbradford YouTube channel or using the link below:
This week we have become aware of 3 positive COVID cases among the church family, including Lucas Coelho who tested positive on Friday morning. Lucas never developed clear symptoms, but we think he may have picked it up on Thursday 4th March. He was then involved in leading the Family Service on Saturday 6th March and was present in the lounge at the morning service on Sunday 7th March (including serving communion).
Precautions were taken in both these services including social distancing, hand sanitizer, and the wearing of gloves and masks, which should have helped to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on both occasions.
We have discussed this situation as elders and have made the decision to not meet in person this week in order to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spreading throughout the church family. A church family like ours is a very connected community and there is a heightened risk in the current situation that people may be carrying the virus asymptomatically. A week’s break (effectively 14 days between gatherings) should give time either for symptoms to develop so that people can self-isolate or for the infectious stage of the disease to pass. Many of you will be aware of a similar practice in schools or businesses.
If you have any questions or concerns about this situation, please feel free to get in touch with Matthew (firstname.lastname@example.org; 07746967757) or one of the other elders. If you develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 (or have done recently) please get in touch with us so that we can monitor how far this has spread and make an informed decision about whether it is wise to return in person on Sunday 21st March.
We are aware this will be disappointing news to receive, particularly as many have just started to return in person, and we ask for your understanding. Around this time a year ago we looked together at Psalm 46 whose truths are just as precious now as they were then:
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea…The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress…He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’
In light of those words it would be great to be praying for one another at the moment: for God’s strength and healing for those who are currently self-isolating with COVID (and their families); for the Lord’s protection against this being passed to others; and for unity, faith and love for us as a church family in all this.
May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in him, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Love in Christ,