COVID-19

Tuesday 24th March 2020

The Senior Leadership Team of Family Church met again today to discuss our response to the latest UK Government guidance regarding COVID-19.

In light of the fact that every UK citizen is required to comply with the new measures to stay at home and away from each other, we will now be closing all of our buildings completely. The only exception will be for those who need to access our Food Banks. Access will be allowed at specific times, with strict hygiene and distancing measures in place.

All staff will now be working from home but the main Family Church contact number – 0300 302 0090 – will continue to be manned, 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Messages will be passed onto the relevant leaders/staff as required.

It is our desire to remain a really well connected church family, providing support and assistance to those who need it through prayer and friendship, as well as in any practical ways possible. This includes those who don’t have access to the technology that we will be using. Please let us know if you have any need for support that we may not be aware of. We encourage everyone to look out for each other, whilst applying wisdom and following government advice on hygiene and social distancing.

Current arrangements will be reviewed regularly and this policy will be updated as and when necessary. Please be assured that our aim will be to resume normal activities as soon as government policy allows.

We continue to pray for you and encourage you to respond in this time of trouble with wisdom, faith and generosity.

Isaiah 32:8

But a generous man devises generous things, and by generosity he shall stand.

Sunday Services

  • No Sunday gatherings in any of our locations until further notice.
  • Sunday service to be broadcast via family.church every Sunday at 10:30am.
  • Viewers will be given the opportunity to submit prayer requests and to give tithes and offerings online.
  • Parents of children who usually attend Kids Church will be sent an email each week with resources that can be looked at with your children.
  • A ‘virtual’ hangout will be set up for each congregation every Sunday at 10:00am – 10:30am and then for 15 minutes immediately after the Sunday broadcast. Details will be given via email and posted on social media.

Talking Church

  • Talking Church to be broadcast via family.church everyTuesday at 10:30am.

Virtual Meetings/Hangouts

  • No actual meetings or events will be taking place at the moment – this includes Connect Groups, Momentum Youth, Established, Prayer Meetings, Men’s Breakfasts, Leaders Meetings, Band Practices, Presence and other worship evenings.
  • However, it is our aim for Connect Groups to have ‘virtual’ meetings and to provide opportunities for Bible studies, worship and prayer meetings via social media and ‘virtual’ meetings. This will vary for each congregation and details will be given via email and posted on social media.
  • Any ‘virtual’ hangouts aimed at children under 11 years old will be hosted by an authorised member of our children’s team and will be with parents/carers who can then choose whether to include their children in the hangout.
  • Any ‘virtual’ hangouts aimed at young people aged 11 years + will be hosted by an authorised member of our youth team. Parents/carers will be informed of any such hangouts that are arranged.

Discipleship Courses

  • Discovery, Freedom in Christ and Marriage for Beginners to be on hold. Attendees will be contacted by course leaders in due course.
  • Empower Bible Academy (EBA) will start again on Monday 20th April. This will take place as a ‘virtual’ classroom if necessary. Details will be emailed to all students.

Community

Arrangements have been made for the following community events. This is subject to review and dates may change, so please continue to review this section.

  • Portsmouth:
    • Food Bank – will remain open to referrals at this time, with strict hygiene and distancing measures in place. Only one referral will be allowed into the building at a time.
    • Baby Basics – will be closed for referrals until further notice.
    • Drop In –  will not run until further notice.
    • Homeless Outreach – will not run until further notice.
    • Tots & Toys and Music Makers – will not run until further notice.
    • Messy Church – cancelled for March.
    • Easter Kids Club – cancelled.
    • Easter Egg Hunt – cancelled. The alternative ‘Easter Giveaway’ that we were planning is also not taking place.
  • Gosport & Bridgemary:
    • Food Bank – will remain open to referrals which will now be delivered to homes, with strict hygiene and distancing measures will be in place.
    • Easter Giveaway – cancelled.
  • Havant & Waterlooville:
    • Community Dinner – will not run until further notice.
    • Tots & Toys – will not run until further notice.
    • Easter Open Day – cancelled.
    • Easter Giveaway – cancelled.
  • Waterside:
    •  Soccer Saturday – will not run until further notice.
    • Good Friday meal for the elderly – cancelled.
  • Guildford:
    • Messy Church – cancelled for March.

Other Events

  • Just One (4th & 5th April) – postponed. 
  • A Night With The Stars (2nd May) – cancelled.

More Information

Latest Government Guidance

NHS Information & Advice


Tuesday 17th March 2020

Family Church’s Senior Leadership Team met today to discuss our response to the latest UK Government guidance regarding COVID-19. As a result of government policy, the following temporary measures will be in place for the next three weeks. This will be reviewed regularly and the policy will be updated as and when necessary. Please be assured that our aim will be to resume normal activities as soon as government policy allows.

As we have always taught, the Church is not an event or a building, it’s the people of God. As such, we believe that the Church will continue to thrive in this difficult season and be a light that shines in our communities. We are committed to providing our church family with the best pastoral care that we can, including practical support wherever possible. If you need any support at this time please contact your Connect Group leaders or your local church office. We encourage everyone to look out for each other, whilst applying wisdom, practising good hygiene, and following government advice on social interaction.

We are praying for you at this time and encourage you to continue to walk with faith and wisdom.

Psalm 37:39-40

But the Lord will be the Savior of all who love him. Even in their time of trouble God will live in them as strength. Because of their faith in him, their daily portion will be a Father’s help and deliverance from evil. This is true for all who turn to hide themselves in him!

Sunday Services

  • No Sunday gatherings in any of our locations until Easter Sunday, 12th April.
  • Live Sunday service to be broadcast via family.church each Sunday at 10:30am.
  • Viewers will be given the opportunity to submit prayer requests and to give tithes and offerings online.
  • Parents of children who usually attend Kids Church will be sent an email each week with resources that can be looked at with your children.

Talking Church

  • Talking Church will continue to broadcast live every Tuesday at 10:30am. You won’t be able to attend but please tune in via talking.church

Other Gatherings

  • All other gatherings – including Connect Groups, Momentum Youth, Established, Prayer Meetings, Men’s Breakfasts, Leaders Meetings, Band Practices, Presence and other worship evenings – will not be running.

Discipleship Courses

  • Discovery, Freedom in Christ and Marriage for Beginners to be on hold. Attendees will be contacted by course leaders in due course.
  • Empower Bible Academy (EBA) to be broadcast live to all Portsmouth and Guildford students on Monday 23rd. Monday 30th March was intended to be a prayer practical, this will be postponed until a future date.

Community

Arrangements have been made for the following community events. This is subject to review and dates may change, so please continue to review this section.

  • Portsmouth:
    • Food Bank – will remain open to referrals at this time with strict hygiene measures in place.
    • Baby Basics – will remain open to referrals at this time with strict hygiene measures in place.
    • Drop In –  will not run until Thursday 16th April.
    • Tots & Toys and Music Makers – will not run until w/c Monday 20th April.
    • Messy Church – cancelled for March.
    • Easter Kids Club – cancelled.
    • Easter Egg Hunt – cancelled, but we are planning an alternative ‘Easter Giveaway’.
  • Gosport & Bridgemary:
    • Food Bank – will remain open to referrals at this time with strict hygiene measures in place.
    • Easter Giveaway – to continue as planned with strict hygiene measures in place.
  • Havant & Waterlooville:
    • Community Dinner – will not run until Wednesday 15th April.
    • Tots & Toys – will not run until Thursday 23rd April.
    • Easter Open Day – cancelled.
    • Easter Giveaway – to continue as planned with strict hygiene measures in place.
  • Waterside:
    •  Soccer Saturday cancelled (due to Noadswood School currently being closed to outside hirers).
    • Good Friday meal for the elderly – cancelled.
  • Guildford:
    • Messy Church – cancelled for March.

Other Events

  • Just One (4th & 5th April) – postponed.
  • A Night With The Stars (2nd May) – cancelled.

More Information

Latest Government Guidance

NHS Information & Advice


Monday 16th March 2020

Having just heard the latest UK Government update, the church’s senior leadership team will be meeting tomorrow to discuss what this means for us in terms of our programme of meetings and events. We will update the whole church in the next couple of days. In the meantime, please ensure you practice good hygiene with hand washing and avoiding unnecessary physical contact, as well as self-isolating if necessary – see NHS guidelines. Saying all this, we are praying for our church family and believing that every one of you will be virus free and in good health.

If you need any prayer or support at this time please let us know.

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Friday 13th March 2020

We want to reassure our church family that our Management Team is closely monitoring the guidance provided by the WHO (World Health Organisation) and the UK Government regarding the coronavirus.

Our Empower Conference will take place this coming weekend, as well as the majority of our Sunday services.

This Sunday (15th March), our FC Waterside congregation will be meeting with our Portsmouth congregation. This is due to the Noadswood School being closed for deep cleaning.

If and when the UK Government issue further advice on large gatherings, we will act on their advice and issue updates via our website and social media pages.

We ask church attendees to continue to practise good hygiene by frequently washing your hands with soap or hand sanitiser. Please also follow medical advice to stay at home if you are experiencing a fever and/or a new, continuous cough.

If you need any support during this time, then please contact your local Family Church office. We are praying for you all and will continue to update you on the situation.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

For more advice or information about COVID-19 (Coronarvirus) visit the NHS website by clicking here.