Update 24 July 2020
Following government guidance on Monday 16th March 2020 all our church services and activities were suspended or moved online. Since then we have provided a Sunday morning message and worship on our YouTube Channel Jubilee Church Shepperton, while our home groups, youth group and support groups have met online.
Bags of Food has become the official food bank provision for the TW17 area and has seen a huge demand in referrals to support local families. We receive regular donations of food and money from local individuals as well as many local business and other groups within Shepperton. We expect this demand to continue for some time to come as the financial impact of the pandemic continues to be felt.
With the lifting of some restrictions and specific government guidance to places of worship about what they can and can’t do we are now able to begin to plan for the future of our services and activities. It is clear that things will need to look very different for some time yet and we are therefore planning for a phased return to enable us to worship God and grow in faith together, while also safeguarding the health, safety and wellbeing of all involved. The leaflet below outlines the steps we expect to take over the coming months as we work through these plans.
Exiles Homeward Bound Outline
Updates about the progress will be added here regularly. We understand that you may have questions or comments and would encourage you to get in touch.
Update 17 March 2020
As a result of clear government advice given out on Monday evening, 16th March it has been made clear that churches are included within the category of organisation that should be avoided in order to reduce the spread of Covid-19. As a result of this we have taken the decision to suspend all church meetings until further notice. This includes all our ‘gateway’ activities, small groups and Sunday service.
Please be aware that this is not a decision taken lightly but only after careful prayer, consideration and consultation.
In order to keep us connected we are currently looking at providing an online Sunday morning facility that will include worship and a biblical message which we are hoping to set up for this coming Sunday. Please check back here for updates.
Through Bags of Food, a form of foodbank provision we run as a church, we are also looking to prepare for a time when we will probably need to deliver food supplies to those who are isolated. We will keep you informed of ways in which you can help with this service as well.
God bless you and thanks for your forbearance during these difficult times. Can I strongly encourage you to think with faith rather than fear and look for God-given opportunities to be a more ‘scattered’ church.
Dave Webb-Peploe, Lead Elder
Click here to download a PDF of advice regarding Covid-19 (Coronavirus).