All of our gatherings are now online. You can find out details and join us [here].
The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a growing concern for us all and we wanted to let you know that we are monitoring this situation and are taking it very seriously.
We have, for a few weeks now, been preparing for what has now become a reality.
On 16th March the Prime Minister advised that everyone in the UK should avoid ‘non-essential’ travel and ‘non-essential’ contact with others, in a national effort to reduce the spread of Coronavirus and the strain on the NHS.
We don’t want to overreact, but equally we don’t want to be irresponsible and underestimate the potential impact of this virus. As such, we recognise it is no longer possible to gather physically, so we have taken the difficult decision to suspend all church gatherings (including the Weekend Away*) until further notice.
Stopping meeting together in person is deeply disappointing but we will, of course, fall in line with government guidance, in order to love and protect the most vulnerable in our communities. Not from a place of fear, but instead from a place of love and social responsibility, we all need to play our part in slowing the spread of this virus.
We will be doing all we can to find creative ways to stay connected while we are not able to meet in homes or at church. In the first instance, we are working with our small group leaders to enable online group conversations. You can find a group [here].
We also intend to stream services on Sunday mornings, at the usual time, and the kids team are busily working on videos and resources for the kids. We’ll be in touch with more details in the coming days.
We might not be able to meet together as the church, but we continue to be the church – we are the church. Our mission remains the same. During these unprecedented times, it is vital that we continue to be family.
We’ve created some resources that we hope will help you in this time to love and serve your neighbours and streets. You can download them here.
We have formed a group who are responsible for pastoral guidance, logistical decision-making and ongoing ministry continuity during this season. This team will monitor the situation on a daily basis moving forward. We have plans in place for our community, for our staff and for our multiple areas of ministry.
It would be hugely helpful for us to have your up-to-date contact details [here].
We are aware that for some people within our church community this might be a particularly difficult time. Please stay in touch with us and let us know if we can help in anyway.
Even in this time of uncertainty, we remain certain of God’s steadfast presence and careful attention to all that is happening. Please join us in praying for those who are affected by this illness, as well as those who are working around the clock to minimise the impact of the virus.
We have an opportunity to extend love and compassion to those around us, and the communities we serve, at a time where fear, suspicion and selfishness are on the rise.
As with anything of this nature, we are seeking to wisely steward the church community and plan to be ready and best placed to love each other and serve the city.
Paul & Steph
*For those that have booked, we will send details regarding refunds in the coming days.
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