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Coronavirus COVID-19 – update 19 December 2020

Following this afternoon’s announcement that Essex is moving into a Tier 4 lockdown, the Oversight have made the exceptionally difficult decision to cancel our physical Christmas services that were due to take place tomorrow and forthcoming services for the time being.

While churches are allowed to meet under Tier 4, it is quite clear that the incidence of Covid-19 is exceptionally high in the local area at the moment, and we are personally aware of a significant number of people who are suffering or self-isolating. We also have to consider that families have been told that they are unable to meet together over Christmas and therefore it does not necessarily send the right message to bring a large group together in the building, even though we have worked very hard to make it as safe as possible.

We don’t yet really know how easily the new variant of the virus is transmitting and we would all be devastated if there was an outbreak emanating from the church or if someone became seriously ill after attending church.

We shall be considering future physical meetings over the next couple of weeks (we weren’t due to meet until the new year anyway) and will update you as further information becomes available.

Please pray that a combination of the vaccine and government measures will have an effect sooner rather than later, and please continue to pray for the Oversight as we seek to navigate our way through this very challenging time.

Kids’ Zone 2020

Normally at this time of year we would host Kids’ Zone, a chance for young people to prepare lots of fun crafts and treats just in time for Christmas. Because of Covid-19, we can’t hold this safely in person this year, so instead we’re bringing Kids’ Zone right into your house!

Listed below are loads of fun craft ideas which have been prepared by people from the church. They’re all designed to use things that you hopefully already have around the house or you can get hold of easily at the supermarket, and each one has a video showing you how to do it.

Give as many of these ideas a go as you like, and please do feel free to share them on our Facebook page or Tweet them to us – we would love to see them!

Also don’t forget to check our our Christmas service which will take place at 11.00am on Sunday 20 December 2020 – it will be live on our YouTube channel. You can also book to attend physically on our Christmas page.

Welcome and How to Make Christmas Crackers

How to make Christmas crackers from items you have around the home.

How to Make a Christmas Wreath

How to make a Christmas Wreath from foliage around your garden and the local area.

How to Make Christmas Peppermint Bark

How to make Christmas Peppermint Bark from ingredients you either have at home or from the supermarket.

How to Make a Toilet Roll Christmas Tree

How to make a Christmas Tree from toilet roll!

How to Make Origami Santas

How to make Origami Santas using just A4 paper, pens and scissors.

How to Make Edible Christmas Trees

How to make Edible Christmas Trees from either rice crispie cakes or chocolate brownies.

How to Make Hot Chocolate Stirrers

How to Make Hot Chocolate Stirrers

How to Make a Stained Glass Window

How to Make a Stained Glass Window

How to Make an Origami Star

How to Make an Origami Star