Update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 23rd April 2020

We are now in a position to release a statement regarding the Coronavirus and the ONE Event 2020. Please see the statement from our Network Leader, Stuart Bell below and the bottom of this email for how this applies to you. 

STATEMENT FROM NETWORK LEADER STUART BELL REGARDING ONE EVENT 2020

As promised we are giving an update on the One Event 2020. 

Firstly we have decided, with regret, that the One Event 2020 is not going to go ahead as planned. We have come to this decision after a careful process of discernment and discussion as the Coronavirus situation has evolved. Our judgement is that over the next four months and at the time of the event there will be considerable nervousness and quite possibly government restrictions still in place about large gatherings. We cannot now plan our usual event on the Lincolnshire Showground with any degree of certainty and sadly feel the right course of action is not to go ahead in that way. 

Secondly however we will be gathering online over the August bank holiday 2020 for One Event at home and within that at the same time there will be a new and focussed youth Event called Yth.Revival. Both events will be held on the evening of 28th August, and all day on the 29th August 2020.

One Event at Home will have worship, keynotes, seminars, prayer and fun for two days during the bank holiday weekend; this will include a focus for families so that kids get to experience One Event at home too.

Yth.Revival will be for young people Aged 11-18 who are already booked in for the 2020 Event plus others who we hope will join. We plan to have great speakers, excellent worship, groups, games, challenges and much more - using the technology that this age group is so familiar with to its fullest capacity.

Thirdly I want to say we are planning something big for the One Event 2021: 2021 is our 40th year and we have already begun planning something very special to celebrate 40 years of Grapevine and One Event. We wanted to mention this today so that you know that there is something extra special to look forward to in 2021 and, of course, being our 40th year we expect so many of our friends from around the world to connect with us and be a part of this. We look forward to you being a huge part of that event too. The One Event 2021 will be held on the 27th-31st August 2021 on the Lincolnshire Showground.

Finally, many of you may have pre-booked for 2020 and will be asking what happens to my booking and the fee paid.

There are three options that we’d like to offer you at this time.

  1. You can of course have a refund of the amount already paid
  2. You can simply transfer your ticket from the 2020 event to our 40 year Celebration in 2021
  3. You can make a donation to Ground Level using this money already paid.

The latter means that rather than opting for a refund or to transfer your ticket you donate the amount paid or part of that amount to the ministry of Ground Level. Not being able to go ahead with the ONE Event does have a negative financial impact on Ground Level of around £78,000. This is unavoidable and therefore we would be extremely grateful if you could consider donating the fees or part of any fees you have already paid, as you can imagine that would be extremely helpful to us at this difficult time.

For those who have already booked into the event you may be wondering what you need to do? At present you do not need to do anything, in the next two weeks the office will be in touch with you directly to guide you through whichever option you decide to take. 

We want to assure you, that despite the challenges we are experiencing at present, God is doing amazing things within the Ground Level Network, and we are confident that as you connect this year and in the future together we will know God’s hand of favour upon our lives. This is our prayer for you!

Thank you so much for reading this ONE EVENT Update and may God richly bless you!

Stuart Bell

Network Leader

Ground Level Network

What does this mean for me if I have already booked?

Please allow us some time to put systems in place to process order changes. We will aim to be in touch with you directly regarding your booking within 2 weeks. You do not need to do anything or contact us during this time, we will be in touch with you directly to ask how you would like to proceed.


Updated 7th April 2020

A MESSAGE FROM NETWORK LEADER STUART BELL

On behalf of all at Ground Level, I wanted to let you all know of our love and concern for you at this unprecedented time in our nation. 

The key value that Ground Level has sort to live by is “relationship”.  We are conscious that we are now in a situation where this is no longer possible face to face. However, we want to do all we can to keep our connections strong and to this end, we aim to keep our usual rhythm of meetings online so that we can receive regular ministry and encouragement. This includes things like our Ground Level Leaders Days, National Forums and Leadership Engine Course.
 

Let’s stick together, pray regularly for one another and do all we can in terms of partnership and support so that when our lives return to some sense of normality we will have experienced God’s blessing in the days of restriction. Let's remember that Paul and Silas praised in prison, Joseph found the fulfilment of his destiny in prison and Paul wrote some of his best letters in confinement, we are not of course in prison, but we are in days of confinement.  The enemy seems to have hemmed us in by trouble but in Psalm 139 v 5 David says “You have hemmed me in before and behind and you lay your hand upon me such knowledge is too wonderful for me.”

We miss you all and are praying for you, please be assured of our love and concern for your well-being.

Keep strong and keep safe.
God Bless

Stuart Bell,
Ground Level Network Leader


Updated 27th March 2020

The Ground Level Leaders Conference will now be held on the 9th-11th November 2020.


Updated 17th March 2020

In light of government guidance around non-essential contact the Ground Level Leaders Conference will be postponed, with a new date released in due time.

Clearly there is a lot of information in the public domain, but we want to encourage you to use the official Gov website as the official source of advice and information.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

AdviCe for Churches

We would recommend all churches suspend activities until guidance from the government changes and move whatever operations possible online. You can also monitor advice from The Evangelical Alliance https://www.eauk.org/resources/what-we-offer/churches-and-the-coronavirus

and/or The Church of England https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches who are in a position to respond quickly to developments in government guidance.

ONLINE FACILITIES AVAILABLE ACROSS THE NETWORK

We are currently in the process of compiling a list of some Churches across the Network who are providing online resources, live streams, or other media, a list of this provision is available via this page.


Updated 13th March 2020

With the upcoming Ground Level Leaders Conference in mind we wanted to provide an update to our ongoing approach to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our absolute priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone across the Network, we are determined that in a world gripped by fear of what might be, the church should be the non-anxious presence that witnesses to the peace of Christ that lives in us. 

We are closely monitoring the official government guidance as well as current best practice and want to share with you our approach to the potential risk at this time.

Clearly there is a lot of information in the public domain, but we want to encourage you to use the official Gov website as the official source of advice and information.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

All planned meetings and events are currently scheduled to continue however we would insist anyone fitting within the government guidance below do not attend, but follow guidance to self-isolate:

  • Stay at home for 7 days if you have:
  • Any symptoms of a Coronavirus infection (COVID-19) including
  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home. Use the NHS 111 coronavirus service if

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Further help on self isolation can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

AdviCe for Churches

We would recommend all churches monitor advice from The Evangelical Alliance https://www.eauk.org/resources/what-we-offer/churches-and-the-coronavirus

and/or The Church of England https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches who are in a position to respond quickly to developments in government guidance

We would encourage all Churches to make their own informed decisions on what actions to take.

Current Actions taken by Ground Level

Within our own buildings, or in facilities hired we will…

  • Ensure all surfaces are cleaned and sanitised on a daily basis
  • Ensure hand-washing signs are in all toilets
  • Ensure hand-washing signs and good practice signs are in visible areas throughout all Buildings

Across Ground Level activities we will…

  • Ask welcome teams to greet without physical contact
  • Ensure that those serving communion have used hand sanitiser before serving
  • Change communion bread to wafers
  • Ask all finance teams / welcome teams to wear latex gloves whilst handling money
  • Verbally ask all gathered bodies of people to limit physical contact (handshakes, hugs)
  • Send instruction to all staff members and volunteers on good personal hygiene practices
  • Disseminate information across the network to communicate that if anyone exhibits any cold or flu like symptoms they are to follow the current advice.
  • Appoint the Operations Team to respond daily to the latest advice
  • Regularly update the Network on our response
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