Coronavirus Update – 7th April

Dear church family

We are now entering the third week of the isolation period initially set to run until the end of the week.  Over the coming days we will understand what the next few weeks/months may look like for us as a nation and therefore as a church and also as individuals.

There is much to be in prayer for at this time not only for the current situation that we are all facing, but each of us have our own ongoing concerns on our hearts that we continue to need prayer for and so it is important we continue to uphold one another in this way.  To that end we continue to meet for prayer every Tuesday at 7:45pm via Zoom, so please make a real effort to join us if you are able to.

I was reminded this week from a devotional that I listened in to, that it is vitally important that we stay strong in our relationship with God during these times, that we continue to feed on His Word, and to pray both individually and together as we seek to spend time with God in our own daily lives.

Facing isolation and having our movements restricted is not easy, especially for those who are on their own or unable to leave the house during this time, and with that in mind, for all of us, it is also important that we take care of our own mental health as well as the physical and the spiritual.

Let’s also continue to uphold our government at this time, especially our Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his time of illness and subsequent recovery, as well as our families, our friends, community and our nation.  We are reminded of this in 1 Timothy 2:2

Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

As a church we are following the governments advice around church gatherings and hope to be able to meet together as soon as is possible, we will of course keep you updated on these decisions’ week by week.  Until we are able to meet together, we will continue to stream our services online at 10:30am and 6:00pm on our YouTube channel.  These will be pre-recorded but streamed as though they are live.  It’s good to be able to continue in the discipline of meeting together at the same time each week.

Ben and Jon will prepare devotionals each week, one at the prayer meeting on Zoom, and the other towards the end of the week.  For those who do not have access to the internet we are sending out our sermon notes to read, as well as the weekly devotionals.

We have produced a leaflet for our Easter Services, which has been posted on Facebook and in the WhatsApp group.  We are unable this year to distribute to the community as we would normally, however if you’d like to drop one through a neighbour’s door or send it on to others via text or e-mail then that would be a great alternative.

And finally…

Ben and Jon can still be contacted during the week, they will be at the church (observing social distancing) for essential work Tuesday to Thursday, and contactable from home on the other days.  In addition, Ben and Jon had already planned to take some time off after Easter, before the shutdown came into place, so Jon will be taking time off from 13th to 18th April and Ben from 20th to 25th April.

If we can support or help you in any way, please get in touch, we continue to pray for you all, and we look forward to meeting back with you all again soon.

With much love and prayer on behalf of the leaders