The Coronavirus pandemic is a rapidly changing situation. OCC will update this page as advice changes, so check back regularly! We are following the updates and advice closely and are keen to respond fully to the challenge that we face as a nation.
UPDATED THURSDAY 28 MAY 2020
Now that the Covid-19 peak has passed, there is lots of discussion about when and what extent things might return to normal. We really miss being together!
On 11 May, the Government published a 50-page 'plan to rebuild - recovery strategy', and further statements are still being issued on various details. We have been studying that guidance, taking advice as required, and also talking with other church leaders in the UK and beyond about how best to be the church together in the months ahead. We have also started consulting those leading ministry teams within OCC.
We hope soon to be able to begin sharing our own phased and conditional plans for the development of church life. A working group met on 22 May and will meet again on 5 Jun, by when we expect to be able to reflect on whatever changes the government announce as we approach the next step of lockdown-easing.
We will, of course, ensure that we follow good hygiene practice, as well as seeking to respond to emerging concerns about mental health, grief and widespread anxiety.
PLEASE FOLLOW GOVERNMENT ADVICE!
Current situation for OCC:
- We have suspended our Sunday services at The King's Centre for the foreseeable future, but we are excited to be able to provide a live streamed service at 10.30am each Sunday. Click here for details.
- Communities, as our primary vehicle for extended family, care and mutual support, remain vital. As with natural families in this crisis, physical meetings may be severely constrained, but family is family and we are looking to support each other as best we can. Click here for Communities resources during the Coronavirus pandemic.
- If you are concerned, self-isolating or ill, please contact your Community leaders, or the pastoral team on @email
We are pleased that gov.uk have now published clear guidelines on safely helping other people.