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The pastor and leaders at DCF continue to discuss the coronavirus situation in our country and local area, and how we might respond best as a small church family. Below are five points we believe are important for us.

For the latest news regarding our meetings, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Perspective

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/

Prayer

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 our studies 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 ready to meet online

Christians should meet together in person, but in this current situation we know that at times it may not be prudent or possible to do so. For this reason we are using an online tool to allow us to meet together as a church family almost as often as we would in normal circumstances.

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 hello@dcf.church

If you are feeling unwell

Continue to follow medical and government advice, including but not limited to contacting 111 – but also (should DCF meetings continue or resume in person) please do not attend, 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.

Latest updates

Below are the latest updates on how the coronavirus situation affects our church meetings. For prayer requests, please see the DCF church family page on Facebook, or the General channel on our Teams online meeting tool.

Sunday 15th March

  • Mid-week meetings are cancelled in person, but we will now meet online
  • Little Livewires, Livewires & Youth Club groups are cancelled until further notice

Tuesday 17th March

  • The Calvary Chapel UK south-east pastors day at DCF (Saturday 21st March) has been cancelled
  • Due to the latest Government guidelines, we will not meet in person on Sunday until further notice
  • The Ladies Day, planned for Saturday 16th May, is now postponed (new date TBD)
  • The upcoming Men’s prayer breakfast, planned for Saturday 28th March is now cancelled

Sunday 29th March

  • The Men’s conference, scheduled for April, has been postponed. See CalvaryChapel.uk for details

Sunday 19th April

  • Our Men’s and Ladies mid-week Bible studies resume this week with an online-only format
  • The Men’s prayer breakfast, planned for May 2nd, has been cancelled

Sunday 26th April

  • Starting this week we will meet every other Thursday for a 1-hour prayer meeting at 8pm (the online meeting will be live from 7:50pm) and we’ll start specifically praying for those on the front line of dealing with this virus, and then praying for our nations needs, and our church family needs

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