St Paul's and Coronavirus Arrangements
This page is the source of up-to-date information on St Paul's measures to deal with Coronavirus precautions.
St Paul's Connect 'Buddy' Programme
With more and more people are being asked to self-isolate or stay at home, St Paul’s is setting up a ‘buddy’ system called ST PAUL’S CONNECT to ensure our community can stay connected. To be clear, this is not just for those who go to church, but for the wider New Beckenham community, for those of all faiths and none.
Anyone joining ST PAUL’S CONNECT as a “Neighbour” will receive a daily telephone call from their “buddy,” to check they are ok, and to help break through the increasing sense of social disconnection.
We are asking for volunteers to sign up as “buddies,” to be in regular contact as outlined above.
We will check that your support systems for shopping etc via friends and neighbours are working OK and will endeavour to make necessary arrangements if they are not.
We will ensure that any home visits are carried out by reputable people who have been DBS checked and/or been given appropriate references. The 1.5 metre isolation distance willbe maintained
We need volunteers for this with either DBS clearances or willingness to give references.
We will provide news and updates about local online/social media support and activities via our special website page www.stpaulsbeckenham.org.uk/connect
You can join the Buddy system by either telephoning our St Paul’s Connect line on 07401 261399 or preferably using our dedicated email address Connect@stpaulsbeckenham.org.uk
Worship Services Cancelled
Following the directive from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, all formal services of worship will be cancelled until further notice.
We are moving our services online. You can subscribe to our Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjOnk1r85ixpWAs_42G1NXw
Church Building Closed
Update, Monday 23rd March
Please see the following update prepared by the Bishop of Rochester about the temporary closure of church buildings in London:
The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close in London. London is seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives. Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this and all church buildings in the Archdeaconry of Bromley & Bexley in the Diocese of Rochester are now closed.
Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in this building. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.