Dear Church,

The Leadership continue to discussed at length how to manage our response to the coronavirus crisis and the advice will be updated via ChurchSuite as the guidance changes. Please note that as a large church our response will be adapted based on our own circumstances, government advice and the Baptist Union.

In summary, the church building remains closed, except for the following

     - Prayer Room is now open

     - Weddings by invite only

     - Funerals following guidelines

     - Post Office and Shop Operate as usual

Sunday Services

We will continue to broadcast the content of a normal Sunday service via the Church's YouTube Channel (Search “Gorsley Baptist Church”), and we would encourage all members of the congregation to join us online!

Here you will find past sermons, Bible studies and similar ministries from our Pastors and other leaders during this challenging time.

If you cannot access this easily, we have options that we can offer you - please contact us for more information.

Please note that while guidance is for up to 30 people in a Sunday Service, this is not practical or safe in a church of our size.

Prayer Room

The prayer room is now open every other hour, and can be booked the through church suite. There are specific rules about using the room, which are listed on the booking site itself and in your confirmation email.

Children’s and Youth Ministries

We have an very active you tube channel - please contact us for more information or Search Gorsley Baptist Church on YouTube.

Life Groups

Life Groups are now meeting online. If you are not a member of a life group please contact us if you would like to join one.

We would encourage leaders and members of Life Groups to make every effort to maintain contact with anyone in isolation by phone, text message, email or social media.

Joseph

The much-anticipated community performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has been postponed and is now likely to take place at a later date. Purchased tickets will be automatically moved to the new dates and can then be amended or cancelled in accordance with the original terms and conditions. Please be patient as we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Funerals

GBC will continue to conduct funerals. Sadly, in accordance with current guidance, we will be required to limit attendance at any such services or internments to immediate family and close friends. There will unfortunately be no catering provision possible.

We recognise that this will be very distressing for bereaved families at an enormously difficult time, and for those that wish, we will seek to hold services of memorial and thanksgiving once we are able to gather again as a fellowship.

Church Office

In accordance with current advice, our Church staff will be working from home as much as practically possible, so electronic communication should continue as usual and we will make arrangements for the Church telephone numbers to be diverted as necessary. The main Church telephone number will be used as a primary means of contact for those needing pastoral or practical support and we ask that all contact is channelled via the office.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Have a question? We would love to hear from you.