Like many of you, I am sure, I am following the news about coronavirus closely. We are also following it closely as a church and monitoring the advice for organisations like our church from the Government and the church denominations. I thought that I would write a blog to talk about what we might do and how we might respond.
We need to ensure that we stay well informed. There is so much misinformation around and rumours can easily spread. This article on the BBC website contains some of the basic information and there are also regularly updated pages on the Government and NHS websites which are well worth checking out.
There is a fine line between under reacting and pretending that the virus isn’t happening or serious and over reacting and allowing it to control our lives. We will stay up to date as a church with the latest Government advice and unless it changes we will continue to do everything we normally do as a church including our Sunday services, small groups, youth events and courses. Please keep checking our website and social media forums where we will be sharing any updates on what we are doing should the Government advice change.
We will be ensuring that we have hand sanitiser available and we will leave it up to you as to whether you prefer to greet people and be greeted with hugs, hand shakes, elbow bumps etc. Please be aware of what other people want to do to and be aware that some of our welcome and stewarding team may prefer not to hand shake or hug at this time.
It can be easy for us to be anxious and to take our eyes off Jesus. Let’s turn to our heavenly Father in prayer.
- Pray for the healthcare professionals who are on the front line caring for people and supporting them.
- Pray for the Government and their advisors who are having to make incredibly difficult decisions.
- Pray for the spread of the virus across the world to be halted, especially in vulnerable, developing nations.
- Pray for healing for those who are ill and peace and comfort for those who have lost loved ones.
- Pray that we and the Christian church would be able to be at the forefront of caring for those who have been impacted.
If you have any questions then please do get in touch with us.
P.S I am really grateful to my friend Simon Benham at Kerith Community Church who has written a great blog on this subject and who’s material I have used as input to this blog entry