Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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March Update

As we were reminded of on Sunday morning in Psalm 23, “The LORD is my shepherd”. Five important words that we can cling to during these uncertain and anxious times.

In light of the statements from the Prime Minister and the Health Secretary on Monday 16 March, the church leadership has taken the decision to cancel all church meetings: all regular midweek activities, our Sunday services and the planned Families’ Connect this Saturday. This is for an initial period of four weeks, after which we will reassess on a rolling monthly basis as the situation unfolds and Government advice is updated. 

We don’t stop being church just because meetings can’t happen. However, it is going to change drastically what church life looks like. At this early stage we are very much trying to work out the details, but the following will take place during this time:

  • The Sunday morning service will be streamed live – the link will appear on the homepage of the church website around 10.30am each Sunday
  • Wednesday evenings, some form of Bible teaching will be accessible online

Various other online opportunities are being considered, for example:

  • Content for children and young people
  • The possibility of continuing the teaching of the men’s and women’s evenings/afternoons

Please keep checking here (the website) for the latest information and for links for online content. To start with, tomorrow evening (Wednesday) at 8pm a link to a video explaining our response to this situation will be posted. 

Maintaining and developing community will be significantly more difficult throughout this period. Therefore, let’s recommit to praying for one another, looking out particularly for the more vulnerable and “at risk”, and seeking to encourage and spur one another on. Today, technology offers a whole variety of ways this could happen. Even something as simple as a phone call could be hugely significant.

Please keep checking here (the website) for the latest information and for links for online content. To start with, tomorrow evening (Wednesday) at 8pm a link to a video explaining our response to this situation will be posted. 

Maintaining and developing community will be significantly more difficult throughout this period. Therefore, let’s recommit to praying for one another, looking out particularly for the more vulnerable and “at risk”, and seeking to encourage and spur one another on. Today, technology offers a whole variety of ways this could happen. Even something as simple as a phone call could be hugely significant.

Although Coronavirus will have significant consequences for us as a church, it will also present opportunities to witness to the communities around us: to serve them in practical ways, to show our trust in God by not giving in to fear, to highlight the hope that we have which transcends life. Let’s continue to pray for our world, our country and our communities, that God would intervene and us it for good.

Rich Hall on behalf of the Church Leadership Team

March 17 2020