Information regarding the impact of Coronavirus at WCSDA
Given that a new variant has been identified we are encouraging members and visitors to wear masks whilst in the building for the sake of others who are gathered.
This silent killer is still with us and claiming the lives of many across our conference. Our sympathies are extended to the families of those who have recently been bereaved. We encourage you to remain vigilant and continue to adhere to the COVID protocols.
Following the announcement that Covid regulations have been relaxed from Monday 19th July, the West Croydon SDA Church Pastoral team has agreed that a stepped return approach will help people feel safe to resume attending in-person services.
From Sabbath 24th July you will no longer need to book a place at any of our services but we will still be taking the details of all who attend the service.
We will continue caring for one another and reducing risks by encouraging people to wear a face covering where they are able. We also ask everyone to keep sanitising their hands on entry and exit.
We are delighted to welcome back congregational singing.
Social distancing is reduced from 2 metres to 1 metre.
More chairs will made available to use in the sanctuary and the overflow hall will be in use in order to accommodate more people attending and keeping the 1 metre distancing. We ask that people leave one seat between households.
We will continue to encourage people to socialise and mingle, including having lunch together outside in the nearby park. Please note that the church building will not be open for the purpose of dining.
We also wish to remind members and visitors that to protect the church family we do not expect anyone to attend if they have any of the COVID-19 symptoms. If you subsequently test positive after attending a service, you should let a member of the Pastoral team know asap.
We will continue joyfully worshipping God together via livestream but encourage you to come and join us in-person when you feel ready and comfortable. If you are particularly anxious and have questions about coming back do not hesitate to contact any of the Pastoral Team.
These arrangements are likely to remain in place at least until the end of August when we will review them again. We hope that this helps you to know what is happening and feel safe.
Many thanks for your cooperation and understanding.
We are excited to open our building for worship, for up to 30 worshipers starting on 22nd May.
The UK Government have announced new lockdown rules for England from 5th November – 2nd December 2020. The impact this has at WCSDA is very minimal since the Church voted at the last business meeting in September to postpone all in-person worship services & activites for the rest of 2020. (See update 4)
We hope to reopen the church building for our in-person worship and activites in January 2021 (to be confirmed). We want to assure you the church board meet monthly to discuss the situation and the necessary risk assessments have been made to identify the areas that may be problematic and plans as to how to return to a worship service in the building are in progress.
The size of the physical congregation will have to be significantly lower than prior to the pandemic outbreak, and the musical aspects of the service will be minimal, as congregational singing has been highlighted as a serious risk to the spread of the virus.
Due to the ongoing threat of Coronavirus COVID-19, the West Croydon SDA Church has taken the decison postpone ALL in-person worship services and activites for the remainder of 2020. The church building will continue to be open to allow the streaming of the weekly Sabbath Morning Worship service and the Food Bank & Hot Food distribution. Only those leading out in Worship or on rota for the Food Bank should attend the church building. All other services, activites, rehersals and meetings will take place on a digital platform.
We are a people of great faith who believe and trust in the providence of God to care and provide for us in every circumstance. However, we are also a people of practical responsibility and believe that the denial of responsible action in the name of faith is not truly faith but rather presumption. Thus, while we have full confidence in Godâ€™s protective power we also believe it is our responsibility to take appropriate precautions including self isolation if the circumstances call for such action.
We are so fortunate to have the technology to meet together for fellowship and Bible Study! We continue to encourage you to join our Zoom Sabbath School Classes, Bible Studies and Prayer Meeting.
To watch our weekly Sabbath Morning service, tune in to West Croydon SDA Church on YouTube or Facebook. The program begins at 10:50am. You can also use our website link at the top of the page for direct access.
Today more than ever, we should embrace the words of our Lord Jesus Christ: I will not leave you alone, my peace I give to you. Do not be afraid. The presence of the Lord will be with us until the end of time (John 14).
In light of the latest announcements from the Prime Minister with regards to COVID 19 and easing of the lockdown and reopening places of worship. We will resume our church services very soon in accordance with the government guidelines. However, the exact date when services will resume in the sanctuary will be posted on our website as soon as it is established. It should be noted that our live stream program continues each Sabbath (Saturday) at 10 am on YouTube or our website. In this unprecedented time your continued cooperation and understanding is greatly appreciated.
As Covid-19 cases continue to reduce in number, the government is planning to relax the lockdown restrictions further. This includes starting to open up schools for the youngest children.
Many have expressed concern about this.
Will the children and teachers be at risk?
Will the children bring home Covid-19 to their families from school?
Looking at the evidence can be quite confusing; but some points that stand out:
1) 0.7% of all Covid-19 cases have been inchildren below 10 years of age.
2) It is rare to find a child who is the primary carrier of infection into the family.
3) Of the nurseries which have stayed open for essential workers, very few cases of Covid-19 have been found.
Below is a link to a pretty good site where you can see the evidence for yourself:
Some other hopeful news is that studies are showing that those who have been exposed to Covid-19 do not get re-infected, so are immune to it (for how long we donâ€™t know yet). This means that we may not have to wait for a vaccine to get the country going again, as some studies suggest that many of us (without any symptoms) may have been exposed already.
Hopefully, the antibody test will make this clear soon.
Keep your distance
Wash your hands
Get out in the sun
Take vitamin D3
And don’t worry
May God continue to bless you,
SEC Health Ministries Director
We are still church at this time, despite not being in the building!
We are now having digital Sabbath School classes for adults, teens and children and we invite you to join in with us, each Saturday morning, starting at 9:45am.
Adults 19+: (via ZOOM)
Download the Zoom application on a phone, tablet or computer. A mic and/or webcam will be needed to participate â€“ without these one can still listen. If that is not possible, or if one has a slow internet connection, join with the call in number: +44 203 901 7895 and then enter the meeting ID: 208 664 3621 followed by the # sign.
Teens 12+: (via Google Meet)
To obtain the meeting ID please contact the teens sabbath school leader for the Zoom access details or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
Children up to 11 years: (via Google Meet)
To obtain the meeting ID please contact the children’s sabbath school leader for the Zoom access details or email: email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
We are excited to be able to bring you a livestream of our Sabbath morning worship service and invite you to join in with us, each Saturday morning, starting at 11:15am, to praise our heavenly Father and listen to a message of hope in our Savior.
Simply go to our Facebook Page or Youtube channel by clicking on the links, or searching for West Croydon SDA Church on either platform. Don’t forget to FOLLOW and SUBSCRIBE to our channels so you can stay connected and up to date on the latest information. You can always share the service on your own platform to help spread the Gospel.
We invite you to join our Online Prayer Meeting by Zoom at 7pm every WEDNESDAY.
+ Mobile/Tablet Access
Download Zoom app via the Google Play story or Apple App Store and enter the meeting ID below
+ PC/Laptop Access
Join Zoom Meeting via your PC/Laptop by following this link https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2086643621
+ Telephone Access
Dial: 0131 460 1196 from your mobile or landline and dial the meeting ID below
Due to the coronavirus, people are facing unprecedented fear and anxiety and are becoming increasingly isolated. We as a church feel the urgency to offer practical, emotional and spiritual support in an intentional and intensive way. If you would like prayers for yourself, someone you know help or support of any nature, or to speak with one of the pastoral team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 020 8664 3621 and we’ll be in touch.
If you or someone you know needs help please don’t hesitate to call us on 020 8664 3621 or email us email@example.com
We are able to pick-up and deliver groceries, medication, urgent supplies, and mail. We are also available to call those who need a friendly conversation.
The Coronavirus is contagious and we are taking every precaution to ensure that the only thing we spread is love and kindness. As such, we will be avoiding physical contact and all items will be left on your doorstep. We are praying you stay healthy!
We encourage you to continue giving and returning your Tithes during the closure. Please get in touch if you need support in doing this. Click here to Give online
We will not be able to provide our free monthly community lunch for the month of March and April, as it falls within the limitations of large gatherings and restrictions made by the Government. We will keep you posted of our plans for our lunch for May.