COVID-19 Information

Four Oaks Baptist Church Response to the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak

17 March 2020

It is with a heavy heart that we have made a decision to close our doors and cancel all meetings at Four Oaks Baptist Church for the foreseeable future.

Following updates on the COVD-19 outbreak, the advice is now that people should avoid meeting together wherever possible and all those categorised as ‘at risk’ should remain in self isolation. For more information see the NHS advice page https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

We have taken action to allow this advice to be followed and to protect those at risk in our congregation and community. We encourage all to follow similar guidelines to protect themselves and those around them. 

But this is not goodbye!

We are planning to stay as connected to our Church family as much as we possibly can and will continue to broadcast on Sunday mornings and throughout the week. 

There are several places you can still experience FOBC from inside your own homes:

Facebook page – ‘Four Oaks Baptist Church’

We will be live-streaming our Sunday services on Facebook from 10.30am. We encourage you to watch, comment and share with others on your feed who might benefit from experiencing it. We will also be posting video updates from here.

Twitch.tv livestream – ‘Four Oaks Church’

For those not on Facebook, the service will be broadcast from Twitch in a similar format. The web address for the stream is www.twitch.tv/fouroakschurch

YouTube channel – ‘Four Oaks Baptist Church’

Videos from Sunday morning streams will be uploaded here. There are also many other videos of older services that have been uploaded if you wish to go back and rewatch any of them.

For those who don’t have access to any of these platforms, we are looking into an alternative way of keeping in touch. If you know of anyone who you think would benefit from having a DVD copy of any of our broadcasts, please let us know and we will work on getting that out to them.

Along with Sunday mornings, we plan to put out a whole lot of extra material throughout the week to keep the conversations going – including video devotionals, Bible studies and communion. Keep your eye for these!

You are not alone.

We’re particularly asking all those in self-isolation at home to make us aware of their needs – we want to stay in touch and continue to support those who need it. We’re asking those who might need help with shopping to please let us know and we will work our hardest to make sure that needs are met. We’re putting together a plan to deliver safely to homes and are asking all those who might be able to help deliver this service to get in touch.

Please keep in touch. 

We are aware that this communication will not reach a significant number – being those who don’t have access to email – so please spread the word and pass on contact details for those who need them. Also please let us know of any who would like to be added to the email list for future communication.

We are hoping to post regular updates, so stay connected and keep the conversation going. This is a difficult time for everyone but we are trying new and exciting ways of keeping connected with our Church family that will hopefully be lasting even after things return to normal. 

Phil has posted a message on the Church Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FourOaksBaptistChurch/videos/2720377298248928/  which leaves us with these parting words;

God is all powerful, he has never failed us and he won’t yet. He never promised us a bubble free from life’s hardships, but he does promise to walk with us through all life’s hardships. 

So although we may be closing our doors, we are doing everything we can to care for all and bring about a greater sense of togetherness than ever before.

More to follow, but until then please stay safe and keep praying for our Church family and beyond.

Many thanks from the leadership team at Four Oaks Baptist Church

Further information relating to our response can be found on these websites:

The Baptist Union:

https://www.baptist.org.uk/

Our local association – the Heart of England Baptist Association:

https://www.baptist-heartofengland.org/

For the latest health information please refer to the NHS website:

https://www.nhs.uk/

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