Statement from Perry Rise regarding George Floyd
The Leadership Team at Perry Rise Baptist Church are deeply saddened by the brutal killing of a Black Man (George Floyd) at the hands of White Police Officers in America.
The tragedy has emphasised the stark realities of racism and inequalities in our world. During the lockdown period (sparked by COVID-19) peoples’ eyes were opened to the true realities of black peoples’ daily struggles.
As we look outwards at what has taken place, each of us also need to look inwards, to challenge ourselves to ensure that we are always part of the solution by reaching out to those around us, challenging inequality, being respectful and empowering one another regardless of ethnicity.
We support the Black Lives Matter movement and believe that black people should be able to live and breathe equally. There is no place for racial injustice in our Church or society in the 21st century and we wholeheartedly condemn racism and inequality of all kinds.
Sincere condolences to George Floyds family, and other families who have lost loved ones, due to society’s injustice. May they all rest in eternal peace.
1 Corinthians 13:6-7 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
The following link takes you to the BMS World Mission’s ‘Black Lives Matter statement’.
Leadership Team and Rev Margaret
Message from the Baptist Union
The Baptist Union have made a number of responses and commitments on the death of George Floyd.
The inhumane and merciless brutality demonstrated towards George Floyd at the end of May 2020 was an appalling act of injustice. Baptists Together hold a common value; that we are a Movement which shares a hunger for God’s coming Kingdom and seeks to confront evil, injustice and hypocrisy and challenges worldly attitudes to power, wealth, status and security both within and beyond our Union.
Take some time to read the Baptist Union responses on their website.
Coronavirus: Guidance on church worship
All updated advice and guidance for churches is available on Baptist Union’s Coronavirus guidance pages.
The Government’s Coronavirus guidance
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds. Use soap and water or a hand sanitiser when you:
- Get home or into work
- Blow your nose, sneeze or cough
- Eat or handle food.
The ‘Hands. Face. Space’ public information campaign urges the public to continue to wash their hands, cover their face and make space to control infection rates and avoid a second peak. For more information visit GOV.UK