EFCC advice on response to lockdowns …. click here

EFCC advice on re-opening churches …. click here

Since the first national lockdown, the guidance from the government has moved the goalposts on more than one occasion.  Devolved government has routinely taken a different appraoch to that coming from Downing Street.  And local lockdowns have been introduced.  All this makes keeping up to date very hard!!

EFCC churches are encouraged to stay abreast of both their local and national guidance.  However, we will still attempt to give consistent and regular advice to our churches.  The following documents were prepared specifically for those churches where EFCC acts as Trustee but are shared with our wider body in an effort to encourage churches to re-open for worship as soon as restrictions allow.

Our key documents containing advice to churches, complete with a number of helpful links are above.  But you may also find it helpful to browse these e-mail updates – each one will take you no longer than 60 seconds to scan.

EFCC guidance for Lord’s Supper

EFCC guidance on Risk of Legionnaires

Coronavirus Updates:

Update 18 October

Update 24 September

Update 14 August

Update 07 August

Update 05 August

Update 31 July

Update 29 July

Update 22 July 

Tom’s weekly sermons

While the lockdown continues, our Ministry Director, Tom Brand will post a weekly sermon.  These are primarily to encourage our pastors and church leaders.  However, they will also be of real benefit to any churches who may not have the technology to stream services themselves.

A new sermon will be posted each Friday or Saturday and you’ll find links to previous sermons below.

Previous sermons:

Luke 23:33-39  The cross of Christ

Leviticus 10:3  I will be Holy

1 Peter 2:1-3  Grow in love for the Lord

1 Peter 1:13-2:2  Christ is the centre of universal history

1 Peter 1:13  Set your hope on Christ 

1 Peter 1:3-9 This is not our home

1 Peter 1  Exiles of the dispersion

Malachi 3:6  I the Lord do not change

John 20:28  The atomic bomb question

Ephesians 1  Every blessing in Christ

Isaiah 30 … the LORD longs to be gracious

Micah 7  Repentance and restoration

1 Corinthians 15  Resurrection!

Habakkuk 3  and the Coronavirus

Holding meetings online or by telephone

For many churches, one of the joys of lockdown is that church meetings get cancelled!  However, some churches may well have issues that do need the attention of the whole church.  For such instances, the charity commission offers helpful guidance:

“In the current situation, it is becoming increasingly difficult to hold face-to-face meetings. Some charities have clauses in their governing documents that allow them to meet virtually or to use telephone facilities, so we advise trustees to check their governing document and see if they can make amendments themselves to facilitate changes as to how or when meetings are held.
Where there is no such clause in your governing document and you decide to hold meetings over the phone or using digital solutions, we will understand but you should record this decision and that you have done this to demonstrate good governance of your charity.”

Streaming of Sunday services has become commonplace for many in the last weeks.  Nick Gray, pastor at Staines Congregational Church reflects on their experiences.

However, for those who may still be unsure, EFCC has a resident expert!  Josh Fortune has prepared a short video to help and, if you struggle afterwards, will almost certainly be happy to give a few personal tips.

Many churches have been using ZOOM to stream their services and hold virtual meetings.  However, many do so without fully appreciating the security issues that need to be addressed.  Mark Barnes has produced a very helpful guide which he has kindly allowed us to share with you.

During lockdown, much has been discussed on the topic of celebrating at a virtual Lord’s Table.  Garry Williams has written very helpfully on this topic, which we have permission to share with you.