- Colwell Road
- Isle of Wight
- PO40 9NB
Colwell Baptist Church is Bible-based, family-friendly church in the village of Freshwater on the Isle of Wight. We are a lively and growing church, made up of lots of people from different ages and stages of life. Click here to see a map of where we are.
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Statement from the church Leadership Team, April 2021.
At present, Colwell Baptist Church is still choosing not to meet in person for weekly worship services, due to the ongoing restrictions caused by the Covid Pandemic. This situation is under constant review by the Leadership Team of the church. However, due to the small size of our building and the large size of our pre-pandemic congregation, we still face significant difficulties as we consider the possibility of returning to “in-person” services.
For as long as social distancing guidance is
still in place, we face the prospect of having to limit services to under 20
people in attendance. Whilst provision has been made within the government’s
guidance for churches to open for private prayer and for corporate “acts of
worship”, (churches have been allowed to reopen for weekly services since 29th
March 2021), the allowance made within the guidance does not really permit what
we would understand “church” to be. Even if we reopened on Sundays, we would
(as well as having to limit the size of the congregation “allowed” to come),
have to insist that no social interaction takes place before, during, or after
the service, between people from separate households or “bubbles”. No
refreshments could be served, and the service would have to be curtailed to as
short a time as possible. We would still all need to wear facemasks, and
congregational singing would still be prohibited. For us, however, being
church means being family – and, at present, all the guidelines given by
the government directly challenge the kind of interaction between people that
we believe is a part of healthy church life.
For the reasons stated above we are choosing, for now, not to return to a pattern of weekly worship services. In all the decisions we have made, we have sought to remember that we are called, as a church family, to be a blessing to our local community – so we want to be socially responsible in our efforts to support the government’s strategy to minimise transmission of the COVID 19 virus. Our decision not to restart weekly services yet, is thus driven by a desire to protect our local community, as well as our church family.
The West Wight
Foodbank, run in partnership with the Trussell Trust IW Foodbank, has remained
open throughout the pandemic, and operates from our church hall every Friday morning,
following strict COVID-secure restrictions.
As restrictions on social interaction continue to ease, it is our desire to encourage and enable members of the congregation to begin meeting together in small groups (at present such groups must be limited to just six people, or two households – and must be held outdoors), for fellowship and support so that we can remain socially connected with one another “in real life” – i.e. in person, not just through online interaction. The weekly “Church at Home” services that we broadcast on our YouTube channel (see link above), are designed to be complemented by small, informal mid-week outdoor gatherings – in much the same way as, previously, church “Homegroups” complemented the content and focus of our weekly Sunday services.
Please do continue pray for us as a church Leadership Team as we continue to navigate the challenges of these difficult days. Many thanks,
CBC Leadership Team, 20th
At the moment, we are using an online video-conferencing platform called Zoom to help us stay in touch. Via Zoom we have created a "virtual church hall" where we can hold virtual events and meetings. The "hall" can be accessed by clicking the image above, or by typing the "Meeting ID" number (863 037 2185) into Zoom - either on the Zoom website, or via the Zoom "app" on your phone or tablet. The password is the name of our church secretary.
The "hall" will be open every Sunday morning for quarter of an hour from 10.15am for some informal fellowship/chat before the Church at Home "service" begins streaming on YouTube.
Whether you are new to the area, new to faith, new to church - or simply on holiday on the Island and looking for a local church to come to - you will always find a warm and friendly welcome at Colwell Baptist Church - at the moment, sadly, this has to be via the church's public YouTube channel.
Although our website is quite basic, we hope it will tell you all you need to know about us. If you would like to know more, please just drop us a line!
- Dave Burton (Minister)