Dear Church family
As leaders we wanted to give you an update regarding how we as a church are responding in relation to Government & Health advice that has been issued regarding the Coronavirus. (COVID-19)
“Following an elders meeting, that was held on Tuesday 17th March, it was agreed that prudence requires us to close all church meetings (Youth Group/Kids Club/Sunday School/Tesol/Craft/Wednesday Church/Home Groups/Church council etc.) with the exception of the Sunday morning service; as of this week. Services may be suspended after this Sunday on a temporary basis, with continuous review of how the situation with the Coronavirus is progressing. If there is to be no Sunday service, we will provide YouTube links with devotional input & other communications to all with internet access.”
All of the above statement has changed, following our Prime Ministers public announcement on Wednesday 18th March, we are now cancelling our Sunday morning worship service as of this Sunday.
We will await further updates as when we will once again resume. As a community of believers, we need to be adhering to the guidelines which have been put in place by the government.
I have been in communication with other Baptist pastors & they have also ceased their Sunday morning services. We are currently investigating sermons being streamed via YouTube/Facebook, which pastor Chris & myself are confident will work. Once the streaming is up & running, I am planning on daily devotionals & information to keep church family informed.
I am also contacting Daniel Lyne from BuildtheChurch.com who is working on our website, to be up & running ASAP.
We will still be closing non-essential meetings, such as Youth Groups/Kids Club/Church Council meetings/Guess who’s Coming to Dinner/Tesol/BSF (which have already closed)/Craft etc. I believe that home groups are still vital & need to continue, this is a way to keep us connected as a Church family to one another. I am planning on starting more home groups ASAP.
l will also be visiting & using the phone to keep in touch with people to encourage & reassure them in these uncertain times, especially any confined to home.
Some people because of health issues or age will need help with shopping & other services. Those of us who can, need to be ready to help.
I want you all to know, that God says, we are his sheep & the sheep of his pasture. God knew about the coronavirus 10 years ago & even a 1000 years ago. God knew about our days, before a single one of them came into being.
Nothing has ever caught God by surprise. This is the time for the Church to rise up to the challenge; show those around us the love of Jesus, love thy neighbour as ourselves.
We remind ourselves of Jesus’ words, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)