Wednesday 8th December 2021
- We continue to meet in person, with the exception of our Prayer meeting and Ladies Bible study (Lifestyle), which meet online only at present (unrelated to Covid).
- From Friday 10th December, Government regulations (also see here) require us to wear masks when attending church gatherings – this applies to our Sunday services and mid-week meetings. We should obey the Bible both in obeying the government in this regard, and by showing brotherly love to each other by wearing masks for the sake of others’ wellbeing.
Friday 10th December 2021
- Today will be the final Little Livewires, Livewires and Youth Club events of 2021 – finishing just one week early ahead of the Christmas holidays. Leaders will be wearing masks, and as per Government regulations we’ll be asking anyone aged 11 or over to do so too.
Sunday 12th December 2021
- The Government regulations introduced this week do allow for masks to be removed specifically while singing during services, but their guidelines also say we should consider keeping them on – and so we strongly encourage all to keep wearing masks at this time for the benefit of everyone.
- To be careful, we have decided to cancel or at least postpone our Christmas meal for now. However, instead we’ll be holding an online quiz and get-together via Microsoft Teams at the same time/date (6pm on Monday 20th December) – a good chance to dig out the Christmas jumpers if you haven’t done so already.
- Currently, we are hopeful that our Christmas Carol service, Christmas Eve and Boxing Day services can take place as normal – as well as our regular meetings as scheduled. But if there’s any changes, we’ll share any updates via our church family WhatsApp group, and on this page.
As Corrie Ten Boom, survivor of the Ravensbrück concentration camp, said – “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God”.
We are living in challenging times, and there is uncertainty – but that doesn’t change the certainty which we had a month ago, still have today, and will have years from now. While things appear crazy down here, God is still on His throne. We recommend reading this article: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/cs-lewis-coronavirus/
1 Thessalonians 5:17 says “Pray without ceasing.” – and what better time to do that. There is much to pray for, but the lack of a commute to work or break in some of our other routines may also give us more opportunity. Pray for those in need, for the elderly and for those serving and leading our country.
So deep are our needs that until we are in heaven we must not cease to pray… the motto for this year must be, “Continue… in prayer.”Charles Spurgeon
Supporting each other
James 4:18 says “But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”
We have great opportunity to support each other in practical ways, and to show our faith in action to those around us – to our neighbours, friends and family. Let’s also be mindful to call or contact those who may feel isolated and lonely at this time.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.Galatians 6:10
We are able to meet online when needed
Christians should meet together in person, but we know that at times it is not prudent or possible to do so – either as individuals or as a nation. For this reason we have set up an online tool to allow us to meet together as a church family in such situations.
You can find out more about how to use this tool by clicking here. Whether or not you are part of our regular church family, you can listen to previous and new sermons (which we’ll still record) online here.
If you want to start meeting with us, please get in touch by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are feeling unwell
Please continue to follow medical and government advice, including but not limited to contacting 111 – but also please do not attend meetings in person when you are feeling unwell, for the safety and well-being of the whole church family.
If you have been exposed to or have contracted coronavirus, and have recently spent time with church family, please contact the pastor to let him know.