Tuesday 17th March
We are committed to ensuring the health of our church family and especially the most vulnerable in our community.
In light of the government guidance yesterday we recognise that it is no longer possible for us to gather together as church. So, we have taken the decision to suspend all physical church gatherings until further notice. This includes Sunday mornings, small groups, kinships, youth, etc.
Church has never been about a building, but about a people. We’ve said that often over these past couple of years! During these unprecedented times it’s important that we continue to be church family.
We are doing all we can to find creative ways to stay connected whilst we’re not able to meet in homes or in our church building. We are hoping to have some sort of regular live stream Sunday morning celebration so that we can gather remotely, including Kidzone things to support families too. We’ll send you details of this as soon as we have it – hopefully something for this Sunday.
We have been in touch with our small group leaders and they will be suggesting ways for you to stay connected with them and your small group. Our groups will be a vital place of community for us, if remotely, over the coming weeks. If you’re not connected with a small group, now would be a great time to do that. You can sign up to a small group on line through the website – or be in touch with us and we’ll make a connection for you.
We are beginning to be aware of people who are self isolating. If this is you, either today or in the coming weeks, your small group is a vital link for you in helping you stay connected and not alone during this extraordinary time. Do let your small group leader know – and reach out to people as you are able. Small group leaders will keep us informed of how people are doing – and let us know if there are bigger needs that we might be able to help with.
We are committed to keeping Storehouse running, and providing food bags for the vulnerable in our community, even if it has to look different. Food donations can be safely dropped off at the Vineyard Centre door between 9 – 1 weekdays.
Of course, at this time our prayers are vital. Can I encourage you to pray for our church – that the bond of love between us would be strengthened and that we continue to trust our heavenly Father, holding hope in our hearts. The church of Jesus has thrived in times of persecution, exile and suffering. Let’s be praying for the light and life of Jesus to be known in our communities and across our nation. Let us take every opportunity we can, within sensible guidelines, to show love and compassion to our neighbours.
And know that we are praying for you – that you would know the peace, power and presence of Jesus. There may be difficult and unsettling times ahead, but God never changes, Jesus is always with us and the Holy Spirit continues to fill us as we draw near.
As you are aware, this is a fast moving situation and there will be further updates to follow. This is where we’re at today – please keep an eye on your emails as we will stay in touch.
Yours in love
Mark & Louise