Following the recent advice from both the government and the BUS (Baptist Union of Scotland) concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a church leadership, we have regrettably decided to suspend all church services as from today (18th March). This includes Sunday worship am and pm, mid-week prayer meetings, growth groups, and all other events. These are measures we are putting in place to ensure the safety and well-being of all the congregation and the wider community.
We are aware that these measures will have considerable implications for how as a church we function in the short to mid-term, perhaps even longer. As a leadership, we want to put in place structures that will enable us to care for one another both practically and spiritually.
Although we have suspended our normal services, we are not suspending worship; and although we will not able to gather together we encourage as many as possible to tune in online and if possible, at our usual Sunday morning service time of 11 am. I will be continuing our studies in John which will be recorded and made available online via YouTube each Sunday. I would also encourage you to make use of the many other excellent resources that are available and a list highlighting some of these will be given out soon.
Sunday Services are available on our YouTube channel:
Again, we would encourage everybody to set aside time on Thursday and Sunday evening in order to pray. We are currently holding virtual prayer meetings using Zoom. Links for the Zoom meetings will be shared via the church WhatsApp.
If you need help getting started with Zoom see this guide.
Like worship and prayer, the need for pastoral care is just as important. Indeed in this situation perhaps more so. However, in the current climate visitation will also be suspended except in exceptional circumstances. We encourage everyone to use their growth group as the first point of contact where we can pray and offer practical help for each other. If you are not in a growth group then please do not hesitate to contact me at home on 01343 547743, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the church WhatsApp or Facebook page. It is important that we look out for one another and offer help in whatever way it is needed. For example, shopping, dropping off a meal, chatting, praying, etc. Paul writing in Galatians 6:10 says this; “therefore, as we have opportunity let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
We are aware that these measures will have considerable implications for how we function as a church. However, church is not about the building but the people so although many challenges lie ahead it may also be a time of opportunity. We have seen and are seeing just how fragile life can be and how quickly things can change. Amidst it all we hold fast to the truth that God is Sovereign in all things and we rest in the assurance that, as Psalm 46 reminds us, God is our refuge and strength an ever-present help in times of trouble. Therefore, we will not fear; may He be exalted among the nations.
The next few months may prove to be the most difficult that many of us will ever have faced; we will see our activities restricted many even confined to our homes may we use the time wisely in helping one another and in growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus as we spend time with Him.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 6 – 7
Yours in Christ
Graham and the Deacons
Last Update: 18th March