UPDATED 18 March 2020
As you are aware many steps are being taken at all levels of society in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). I wanted to take the chance to offer our response too.
All gatherings have been cancelled until further notice.
If you are part of our church family we will be connecting online and will keep you notified how we plan to do that via our WhatsApp groups.
If you are not currently part of our church family, we will be updating the website with resources that we hope will bless and encourage you at this time.
We are also aware that at this time, isolation will be difficult – particularly for the vulnerable. If you think we can help you in any way, please get in touch.
This morning (Friday 13th March), our Lent devotional took us to Psalm 62 which like many of the Psalms is helpful in this difficult season.
“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honour depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge”
As Christians who follow Jesus, we can offer an alternative story. As people who practise God’s presence, there is an invitation at this time for us to be a non-anxious presence to our families, friends, housemates and work colleagues. This comes from our trust in a God who is with us and walks alongside us. He is “our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear.”(Psalm 46:1 – 2). This comes from the words of Jesus who invites us to pray “give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6) and who says he will never leave us or forsake us (Matthew 28). This is from the one who has promised to make all things – even these present challenges — work together for good for those who love him (Romans 8:28). There is an invitation for us to place ruthless trust in God and carry his peace to those around us. Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4).
Let’s do what we can to bring the peace of Jesus in whatever way we can to one another and the more vulnerable in our communities. If you know of anyone, in particular, let us know.
Love you all and grateful for you as we navigate these challenging days together.