Changes at Church (Updated 18 March 2020)

Dear Church,
As a consequence of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the church leadership and Pastor Sean have had to make the difficult decision to suspend Church Services effective from this Sunday (22 March 2020).

Saturday and Sunday Prayer Meetings are also suspended and this Sunday's Autumn Church Meeting has been postponed until further notice.

Connect Groups will continue at the discretion of each group. However protocols re distancing and other precautionary health related matters will need to be observed. Connect Group Leaders have been notified.

Pastor Sean will record a sermon each week and it will be available for download on our sermons page.

We will keep you informed and updated regularly via the church newsletter and by email where required.

The Church Office will still be open.

We may not be able to meet as a church family, but we are still very much a church family and will continue to be so! More than ever, we need to be vigilant in prayer for our church, our congregational members and our families and friends.

Read Ten Ways To Reduce Your Risk Of Coronavirus (PDF)

As Christians, what can we do?

  1. Trust God: Viral disease is a fact of biological existence. Keeping perspective and not panicking apply here, just as they do for all risks we face. No matter how dire circumstances get, the Lord remains our refuge and strength, “an ever-present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). To trust in the Lord amid trouble is to experience and bear witness to the power of Christ.
  2. Pray: We must pray for the sick and the scared, for public health officials, for doctors and nurses, for researchers, and for caregivers. As Christians, we believe prayer has power, so we need to continue to seek help from the Lord.
  3. Heal the Sick: A core calling for Christians is to care for the sick and dying (Matt. 10:8), at times at the risk of our own lives (John 15:13). This is the epitome of love. Even if a virus outbreak prevents us from gathering as congregations to worship, we still support one another in our caregiving. This can happen through prayer, through verbal encouragement, and through coming alongside others to provide help in a crisis.
  4. Stay Informed: The media is aflame with daily updates. Reading everything only increases anxiety. The following is a reliable list of links for educational, planning, and coping tools:

Prayer during a Pandemic: Putting Things Into Perspective (author unknown)

Lord, may we, who are merely inconvenienced, remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we, who have no risk factors, remember those most vulnerable.

May we, who have the luxury of working from home, remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we, who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close, remember those who have no options.

May we, who have to cancel our trips, remember those who have no safe place to go.

May we, who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market, remember those who have no margin at all.

May we, who may settle in for a quarantine at home, remember those who have no home at all.

As fear grips our country, may we instead choose faith, hope, and love.

During this time when we may not physically wrap our arms around each other, help us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours.

Amen