As you are aware, the Mission undertakes a regular review of our response to the Coronavirus situation so that our policies and practice are in line with current Government regulation and guidance. Another such review meeting took place today with representatives from the OAM Committee and Evangelists.
Back in April, we drew up our own ‘roadmap’, a timetable of measures we would review at each meeting. Having reached the final stage of this timetable we find ourselves, like the UK Government, having to delay. Therefore, our current hygiene and social distancing policies remain in operation. Please continue to adhere to these as a good witness in the open-air.
Our next review will take place by the Committee on Wednesday, 21st July. However, should the the Prime Minister announce another review of measures (in England) before then, we will seek to convene a review meeting as soon as possible afterwards to assess whether it is appropriate to end any of our current measures. The next review will also look at any appropriate changes which can be applied to the work in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales so that we continue to be aligned with current legislation and guidance in those areas.
Thankfully, current law and guidance enables us to run some Team Events in the coming weeks for a concerted witness in the open-air. Since the reopening of camp-sites and educational camp centres, there is ample guidance to navigate through to allow residential teams to resume with shared-facilities. Relevant risk assessments and guidance notes are in place to facilitate this. Your prayer would be appreciated for Liverpool, London and Glasgow as the Team Leaders prepare for these outreach weeks, especially with the additional cleaning and social distancing protocols in place.
We are also thankful to the Lord for the local authorities granting permission for our Beach Missions in Tenby and Weymouth to go ahead. Please pray for the planning and preparation for these teams, especially for the recruitment of team members to maximise the opportunities.
Whilst we long to see the end of restrictions once and for all, we are, nevertheless, thankful for what we are able to do now. We are significantly further forward from where we were this time last year, for which we give thanks. ‘Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever’ (Psalm 106:1).