Coronavirus – Church Status

Coronavirus – Church Status
Updated at 18 March 2020

Psalm 91:1-2 'Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”'

We are monitoring the development of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak carefully on a daily basis, in order to minimise the risk to staff and guests contracting the virus whilst attending Ridgeway Community Church. To assist with this we are following guidance issued by Public Health England and our local Environmental Health officers. Our guidance and policy will be regularly reviewed.
The following update is in light of the advice shared by the government earlier this week.

Message from Pastor Chris Eke – 18 March 2020
To the Didcot Church family

Dear friend

As a church, we are following government advice on the precautions to minimise the spread of coronavirus.

Latest advice
As of Monday the 16th of March, the public was advised about those at risk and considered vulnerable (pregnant women, those over 70s or who have underlying health conditions). The public was also advised about non-essential gatherings, and although we may consider our church meetings essential, we have planned to follow this advice to protect members and minimise the risk of exposure to the virus. We have also been informed by the Civic Hall that the hall will be closed for a deep clean from the 21st of March to the 31st of March. This could further be extended depending on how events unfold.

The church will be taking the following actions:

Arrangements for Services, Events and Groups

• The Sunday Church Service - will be live streamed via either Facebook or YouTube. More information will be provided by Friday 20 March 2020.   There will be no physical gathering at the Civic Centre on Sunday.
• Lifegroups - We will not be having our usual Life Groups. We are planning on having an alternative, such as a video skype call, video conference calls, prayer walks or live streaming a message.
• Other planned events - including men’s breakfast, bring and share, united celebration, baptism, Good Friday walk of witness etc. will be cancelled or postponed until we have access to the Civic Hall or advised that it is safe to meet.

Care for the Church Family
We are aware of families self-isolating as advised to do so. Please contact Chris Eke (, the pastoral care team ( or inform friends in the church if you are self-isolating so that we can help e.g. with shopping or prayer.

We are encouraging all who can make use of emails, texts, WhatsApp, Facebook page or phones to contact us if you are in need of help or perhaps would want someone to pray for you.

Contact us via the pastoral care team email on  or send the elders a message, or WhatsApp me, and I will forward your request to the prayer ministry team.

The pastoral care team will seek to contact (phone call) everyone on our list to ensure that we are all cared for, but we would also encourage the church to use this opportunity to build stronger relationships with each other. Keep in touch with one another, pray for one another and share the burdens of others.

“Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ” Galatians 6:2


Chris Eke
Pastor (with responsibility for Didcot)