CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PARISH CONTINUITY PLAN 1.0
Kidderminster Ismere Team Ministry is a group of 7 churches who are devoted to loving God and our community. Our aim is to reach out in love and faith into the communities in which we live, work and play. Our desire is to see God’s love transform lives, so that all in our parish would come to believe, trust and hope in Jesus Christ.
How do we continue to live out this statement in the face of an international crisis?
This is unchartered territory, and we will follow the guidance of the government and the Church of England, while continuing to enable deepening of faith, serving local people and supporting the vulnerable.
This plan is a working document and may be updated as the situation and government advice
change. Please ensure you are reading the correct version
14/3/2020 – Version 1.0
Archdecon Nikki Groake 01905 773301 email@example.com
Rev Tim William 01562 631856 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev Nigel Taylor 01562 851744/ 077238825253 email@example.com
Rev Bridget Woodall 01562 743545 firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela Hayden Parish Administrator Parish Office 01562 751923 email@example.com
The aim of this plan is to ensure as far as possible the continued mission and ministry of Kidderminster Parish, and the maintenance of the critical ongoing business of the parish.
The clergy have prepared this plan.
The Team Rector’s nominated deputy is the Rev Bridget Woodall. The Rev Tm Williams will fulfil this role should Rev Nigel Taylor or Rev Bridget Woodall be unwell.
The Rev Nigel and Rev Bridget, will provide a channel for regular communication, by email or phone, with the Rural Dean and Archdeacon as requested.
Critical leadership roles and essential parish and functions
12/3/2020 – planning commenced looking at what we would do if church closed in linking up with people and enabling ongoing discipleship.
C of E guidance received and disseminated by Rev Sarah Hare to those people who are impacted by guidance. General messages given by social media and from notices slot on a Sunday.
· Midweek worship suspended. Awaiting national guidance on suspension of Sunday Worship.
· Pastoral visiting will continue where appropriate but not when a person has self-isolated or is diagnosed with Coronavirus. Preparations being put in place to maintain contact if people unable to attend church. Preparations include digital communication, written and phone communication. Guidance disseminated to Pastoral ALMs regarding Home Communion.
o All mid- week services and meetings cancelled from 17/03/2020
· We continue to try and ensure that people in ministries do not work in isolation.
Angela Hayden Parish Administrator will disseminate information as per clergy instruction. church warden’s in each church to compile a list of contact details for individual members of the congregation and Facebook page editor, to be sent to office@Ismere.co.uk
Office cover each morning of week will be 9-12, Angela Mon, Wed, Thurs, Bridget Tues, Nigel Fri. Parish office use by appointment only with prior agreement with Team Rector. Telephone and door handles to be cleaned on entry and exit for each session to reduce risk.
3. General Hygiene
Office Telephone and door handles to be cleaned on entry and exit for each session to reduce risk.
We will clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces as per government guidance. Wipes available in church along with cleaning spray.
Churches to be cleaned once reopened.
Use digital media where possible.
Public Worship has been suspended as of 17/03/2020.
Churches to remain open where possible for private pray.
Weekly Sheets will be available with spiritual resources these will be emailed to those on email and made available in open churches.
Clergy available via phone.
The Church of England offers online resources and we expect these resources to be added to in due course: https://www.churchofengland.org/coronavirus.
Where funerals may take place that people cannot attend, we will look at how to support and involve those family members. We are also aware that later in the year we may need to dedicate time and attention to come to terms with loss and bereavement.
Clergy will continue to maintain ‘the sacrament of presence’ and being seen to be “present” and available where appropriate and within national guidance. This does not include physically visiting those diagnosed with COVID-19 or those who are self-isolating. Recommended hygiene measures will be followed at all times.
Pastoral care will also be shared with clergy, Pastoral ALMs and churchwardens where appropriate. Everyone will be expected to follow national guidance and recommended hygiene measures.
We will network as appropriate with local health, welfare, safety networks, funeral directors and other service providers. We will ensure contact details for these service providers are held by key parish leadership. We will aim to be aware of local information and peculiarities e.g. changes in public utilities or services that affect your community specifically.
We are working to collect contact details of congregation to hold these securely and within GDPR regulations. We will look at the needs of individuals and the community as we become aware of these and join with other local schemes.
Anyone offering pastoral care will be recruited through the National Safeguarding recruitment guidelines.
We will offer help and support where appropriate to those who need to self-isolate, through phone calls and via social media, and offers of help will be offered with the delivery of shopping and / or medication.
This will all be done within the safeguarding guidance and with a clear and committed approach to adhering to the Government’s isolation and general hygiene advice.
All activities suspended until further notice.
Please be mindful the church needs financially remain unchanged.
Rev Nigel Taylor Team Rector. Rev Bridget Woodall Team Vicar
17th March 2020