Coronavirus Guidance Update – 1st July 2020

Coronavirus Guidance Update – 1st July 2020

Sunday Services return in a new format

Special AnnouncementChurch re-opening

Posted by Liberty Church, Rotherham on Thursday, 25 June 2020

 

In order to assist us in implementing current social distancing rules and regulations we are spreading our congregation across our 3 locations (6 services in total). We would like to encourage you to register via >EVENTBRITE< to attend just one congregational service on a Sunday if you are able to and preferably the service set aside for your postcode.

In case the need for Track & Trace arises, please provide us with your preferred contact details upon registration. In addition, please indicate on your registration if it’s a family booking requiring multiple seats together.

Please note: Certain groups of people are at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including people who are:
  • aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
  • under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (that is, anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year on medical grounds)
  • chronic (long-term) mild to moderate respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
  • diabetes
  • a weakened immune system as the result of certain conditions, treatments like chemotherapy, or medicines such as steroid tablets
  • being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
  • pregnant women

We ask that these people in particular take care to follow government guidance and for further details please visit: www.gov.uk/covid19

 

Six temporary congregations covering Rotherham postcodes

  1. Liberty South (Thurcroft) AM – Postcodes S1 to S21 – Lead by Kingsley Paul
  2. Liberty Thurcroft PM – Postcodes S25 and S26; S66; S80 and S81 – Lead by Emmanuel Dexter
  3. Liberty Rotherham AM – Postcodes S35 and S36; S60 and S61 – Lead by Adrian Dexter / Emmanuel Dexter
  4. Liberty East (Rotherham) PM – Postcodes S62 and S65 – Lead by Rose Flora
  5. Liberty Swinton AM – Postcodes S63 and S64 – Lead by Pete Crooks
  6. Liberty North (Swinton) PM – Postcodes S70 to S75 and all DN postcodes – Lead by Adrian Dexter

Please click map below to zoom in for further details.

We will continue to broadcast Sunday services from Liberty Swinton and Liberty Rotherham, and Liberty Thurcroft via Facebook Live >

In addition to the Sunday services special live weekday morning devotions will continue at 10.00am via Facebook Live, and we will continue to run prayer gatherings on Friday evenings via Facebook Live >

Pastoral

Although the church office will remain closed, we will continue to check the phone regularly, so if you are concerned or worried, then please contact the church on 01709 562076 or email: info@libertyrotherham.org and we will arrange for members of the Church leadership or the Pastoral care team to contact you, to talk and to pray with you over the phone.

We are also concerned about your emotional well-being, and we recognise the challenges of having to isolate or withdraw from regular contact with Church, family and friends, and therefore we will encourage regular contact with each other, via phone or the Internet.

In addition to this, if you need any practical support in terms of food or household essentials, please let us know and we will do our best to resource them and deliver them for you.

Service Format

Each service will last 1 hour.

  • 25 minutes Worship Performance for reflection. (singing is not yet prohibited by the congregation)
  • 10 minutes Children’s talk presentation or testimony
  • 25 minutes Sermon.

Please note that only a single worship leader is allowed to sing at present, from behind a screen.

Places are limited & must be booked in advance…

Community

We recognise that we are here to serve the needs not just of the Church, but also serve the needs of the community. In the ensuing weeks and months we recognise that many individuals and families will struggle in terms of resourcing food and basic essentials for their homes.

We are intending to keep our FoodBank and BabyBanks open and operational for as long as possible, whilst ensuring the safety of our volunteers. We are also seeking to work in partnership with other churches to provide a strong, robust, public service, that will meet the ongoing needs of our community.

What is God saying?

For many years we have been praying for a revival in the Church and an awakening in our Nation. The western world especially, has increasingly viewed itself as being self-sufficient, and has no need of God. We believe that though this virus is not from the Lord, we believe that God is able to turn the bad into good. God is beginning to shake the nations of the world, to soften peoples hearts and make them aware of their spiritual need of God.

We are believing for a great revival to take place in our Nation and the nations of the world as this crisis unfolds and people begin to turn again to Jesus.

Conclusion

We are closely monitoring updates from Public Health England in relation to our services and events, and will update you the moment things begin to change.

We are praying for you all and we love you all dearly. If you feel unwell and develop a fever or persistent new cough, please visit: www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19

With much Love, Adrian, on behalf of the Church Council.

Related link: Mental Health Resources >

City Vision, Rotherham

City Vision, Rotherham

City Vision, Rotheham LogoCity Vision exists…
… to draw together and build relationships between Church leaders, that will enable peer-level mutual support, encouragement and leadership/ministry development. … to encourage and facilitate leaders and church members from across the region to regularly and passionately pray and intercede for a transformation of the Spiritual climate over Rotherham and South Yorkshire. … to inspire and encourage coordinated local mission and Community action projects.

ABOUT – City Vision is merely a tool, to bring church leaders together to pray, work, and grow together.

AIMS – City Vision has three main aims:

1) Unity and leadership development. To draw together and build relationships between Church leaders, that will enable peer-level mutual support, encouragement and leadership/ministry development.

2) Prayer and intercession. To encourage and facilitate leaders and church members from across the region to regularly and passionately pray and interceded for a transformation of the Spiritual climate over Rotherham and South Yorkshire.

3) United Mission. To inspire and encourage coordinated local mission and Community action projects

Better together
At City Vision we believe in synergy: that we can achieve much more together, than we can achieve simply on our own. As Churches there are many things we can do very well on our own, but there are some things we can do better together.

For many Years the Churches have stood “toe to toe” but in recent years we have seen the Church begin to stand “shoulder to shoulder.” Together we are stronger, and together we recognise that we need each other, if we are going to take possession of all that God has for us.

City Vision seeks to facilitate, a strong, peer-level friendship and support base through authentic relationships amongst key leaders throughout the Borough. We meet monthly as a group of pastors / ministers for a prayer breakfast or lunch.

Developing emerging Leaders
City Vision recognizes that one of the greatest needs is the lack of new leaders emerging from within our churches. City Vision is committed to train, equip and release emerging leaders, to serve within their own local church. Our City Vision Academy, lays good solid foundations in leadership skills, and exposes the Students to a breadth of Ministry, from some of the gifted leaders and teachers from across the Borough.

Building in Prayer Together
City Vision seeks to facilitate an effective prayer strategy across the borough of Rotherham, and across South Yorkshire.
South Yorkshire has one of the lowest Church attendances in Europe and in Rotherham only 2.62% of the population attend Church on Sundays.
Over the passed few years we have seen a united prayer strategy grow, with Heart-cry Rotherham prayer gatherings and recently we have seen a South Yorkshire Prayer strategy emerge, as we begin to connect with Pastors leaders and intercessors from across Barnsley, Doncaster, Sheffield and Rotherham.

Building in Mission together
City Vision seeks to facilitate partnership on local mission and community outreach projects, to proclaim the Good News and to raise the profile and credibility of the Church in Rotherham Borough.

Across the Churches responsibility and vision for united events is shared, bringing the strengths and skills of different churches together, for the greater good.

  • Autumn 2011 we ran a United Alpha Course involving 12 churches in a local Hotel
  • July 2012 we ran a United Summer mission in Clifton Park, Rotherham
  • September 2013 we held a two day outreach event as part of the Rotherham Show
Celebration together
City Vision believes that it is important to celebrate, what the Lord is doing across the different Churches. And around 4 times a year a number of Churches come together to hold a United Baptismal service.


PARTNERS

We have around 15 ministers involved in different aspects of City vision, all coming from a wide cross section of Churchmanship, but united with a common goal and vision, to see the Kingdom of God break-in to our Locality.

Some of the key leaders in the Borough, regularly involved in City Vision events are:

Rev. Phil Batchford (Anglican)
Rev. Darran Ward (Anglican)
Rev. Peter Hughes (Anglican)
Rev. David Bent (Anglican)
Rev. Lynn Wortley (Anglican)
Rev. Joanne Archer-Siddall (Methodist)
Rev. Karen Beecham (Methodist)
Rev. Simon Copley (URC Methodist)
Rev. Matt Stone (URC)
Rev. Adam James (Elim)
Father Moussa (Coptic)
Pastor Kizito (independent)
Pastor Oliver Buckley (independent)
Pastor Pious (independent)
Pastor Isaac Wallace (AOG)
Rev. Kingsley Jones (AOG)
Rev. Ian Sommerville (AOG)
Pastor Adrian Dexter (AOG)
Rev. Emmanuel Dexter (AOG)
Pastor John Wilson (AOG)
Pastor Michael Odasie (AOG)
Pastor Rudolf (Roma)
Ted Ring (CTR)
Vince Allsopp (Gideons)

For more details please contact Adrian Dexter on: 07790 030 899