Love your neighbour - providing help in the current pandemic

By Sanjay Mahtani

This page will be updated as advice changes. Last updated 31 March 2020.

All of us are keen to follow the teaching of Jesus to love our neighbour. But how do we do that in the current pandemic, in a way that is loving and caring, and doesn't harm our neighbour, ourselves, or the wider community? 

In this, OCC is not an expert! Our headline is to FOLLOW GOVERNMENT ADVICE - in what follows we're going to highlight government advice, and give you the links so you can dig deeper as you need.

Sanjay Mahtani

Coronavirus update - 24 March

By Steve Jones

Steve Jones

A great team!

By Andy O'Connell

An update after the 'lockdown' announcement from the government last night (Mon 23 March)!

Firstly, we're very grateful for the team we have in OCC - volunteers and staff - such that we've been able to respond to two massive changes of government policy over the last 8 days.

Andy O'Connell

School at home!

By Ruth O'Connell

Many of the parents in OCC are having to adjust to a life as 'home-schoolers'. We asked Ruth, part of the OCC leadership team, and a long-term elective home educator, for some helpful advice!

Ruth O'Connell

Coronavirus update - 17 March

By Steve Jones

Dear OCC family 

Each of you will be aware of the rapidly changing situation relating to Coronavirus (Covid-19). We are following the updates and advice closely and are keen to respond fully to the challenge that we face as a nation. It’s clear that our community life will be severely affected by yesterday’s guidance to minimise social contact and avoid unnecessary social gatherings (link).

Steve Jones

Coronavirus update - 12 March

By Andy O'Connell

Tuesday 17 March: We are examining the latest advice from the Government and Public Health England and will update this page as soon as possible.

Along with other organisations, OCC staff have been keeping a close eye on the emerging international situation with coronavirus. We monitor advice provided by Public Health England (PHE), and church-specific advice published by the Church of England and by Evangelical Alliance. Apparently, one Church of England vicar is a former Deputy Chief Medical Officer, so her advice is both expert medical and pastoral!

Andy O'Connell