18 Mar 2020
As you may have been expecting, EVERY PHYSICAL GATHERING OF THE CHURCH IS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. This includes home groups, and Sunday services, as well as all youth and children's activities. This is in line with government guidance about restricting our socialising, for our own good and for the good of others.
However, we will be continuing to worship and fellowship together. We are looking to have weekly prayer meetings online, and we are going to encourage the house groups to meet together weekly as well. I will confirm with you all the details of this - we are hoping to begin that from next week. Our Wednesday group will be trialling that tomorrow and reporting back. The other home groups and the Saturday prayer meeting will not happen this week.
We will continue to worship the Lord on Sundays - however this will be in our own homes. For this coming Sunday, the audio of two new sermons will be available on the website, along with a suggested skeleton order of service, including links to YouTube videos of hymns (this will be found on the blog page of the website). In the morning sermon we will see from Scripture what the Lord may be doing in this current crisis. The evening sermons will be shorter and it is my hope that they will be accessible to unbelievers, as well as building up Christians. We are also looking at putting together something for children.
Also, from next Monday, every weekday I will be praying in my study at 9.00am, and I invite anyone who wants to, to join me via Skype. It will be a very simple time - I'll read a short passage of Scripture and then we can pray for a few minutes. I'll send details of how to join this nearer the time.
We are very concerned that we care for one another at this time. Please be phoning, emailing, writing to each other. Please contact me or a deacon if you have any concerns or any needs. There are people who would be very happy to help. If anything changes in your situation it is particularly important you let us know, although we will also be contacting you to check.