Tuesday 12th January 2021
As Covid cases continue to rise across the country, and the Government strengthen their message for everyone to stay at home, the Elders have made the decision to move our church services online. We will no longer hold in-person meetings but instead gather together via Zoom as we did in November. We know this will be disappointing to some but having reviewed new advice issued this week we believe this to be the right decision in order to help keep everyone safe through what is likely to be a very difficult few weeks in this pandemic.
It is our hope and intention to return to in-person meetings after the February half term, assuming it is safe to do so. We will keep you updated accordingly.
Please sign up to our ZOOM MAILING LIST so that we can email you the Zoom details each week as we meet together on Sunday Mornings at 10.30am and Wednesday Evenings as 7.30pm. For those unable to connect live via Zoom, meetings will be recorded and shared on our website HERE.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this decision please speak with Rob and Wendy, or if you need some assistance in connecting online then please contact David Noble.
For those of you who are able to, and would like to help support those in need during this time please speak with Wendy. This may involve cooking a meal or baking a cake, running errands or picking up supplies, or simply a friendly phone call.
Although we cannot gather together, we continue to be the church.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid – John 14v27 (NKJV)
In times of trouble we turn to Jesus, the author and finisher of our FAITH. He knows that fear paralyses and hinders our ability to respond effectively to life challenges, therefore all our decisions and plans have been made in His peace.
The Lord bless you and keep youNumbers 6 vs 24-26
The Lord make His face to shine upon you
And be gracious to you
The Lord lift His countenance upon you
And give you peace.
Now is the time to pull together, work together and pray together.
What we expect from the congregation
- To protect yourselves and others from COVID-19 by following the hygiene guidance issued by Public Health England
- To work together to protect the most vulnerable
- If unwell with the symptoms of Coronavirus, to self isolate in order to protect yourselves and others
- To advise a leader if you are unwell
What to expect from the leaders
- We will be responsible in our preparations and forward thinking
- We aim to manage expectations and minimise people’s anxieties
- We will regularly review Government guidelines, and where required, action will be taken to minimise risk in order to protect ourselves and others
- We will ensure the hygiene and cleanliness of the premises
- During this period of time, we will no longer offer communion as part of the Church service
- If our meetings together have to stop for a season, we will communicate with you to ensure that everyone knows the plan
- We will endeavour to stay connected with each of you
- We don’t walk in fear, but we do walk in wisdom to help and support one another
- We are asking for divine intervention and that the virus will end
- We ask that our country and it’s citizens be protected, and for wisdom in our nations decision making
- We respond in faith and not in fear because we know that prayer changes things.