Updated: 17th March 2020
I wanted to update you all, as we are all aware, the impact of Covid-19 will be significant for all of us. Life is going to change for an indefinite period of time and that is, of course, true for us as a local church.
We are committed to staying in touch with news and the responses we are making to all that is happening. Some of the current headlines are as follows:
Sunday Services Cancelled
From immediate effect, we will not be hosting Sunday services until further notice. The strong encouragement from the government is to avoid non-essential contact and mass gatherings. We need to respond responsibly. Our priority is to care for people, especially the vulnerable. Until further notice we will not be meeting on Sundays.
We do want to offer regular and consistent moments for us to express church together. Therefore, starting this Sunday (22nd March), we will be hosting a weekly broadcast online at 9.30am which will include worship and a message.
Watch Now- We'll be going to be meeting on our website via YouTube at 9.30am every Sunday. We encourage you to gather with others in your household, if appropriate, to share in this time together.
Catch Up - If you can't watch live, you can watch the recording online straight after the service ends on our website or YouTube.
From the following weekend, we hope to also include resources for children, young people and families.
Community Life Gatherings Cancelled
We also feel it appropriate to extend this principle of not meeting to all gatherings in church life. Therefore, as of today we will not be gathering in smaller settings; this means there's no Alpha, no Life Groups, no Courses, no Men's and Women's prayer, no parent and toddler groups, no youthwork.
King's Centre and HOME Coffee House
Currently, the King's Centre and HOME Coffee House are closed, except to external hirers. Many local businesses rely on our space for room hire, we are following advice as and when this may need to change.
In this time, it is essential that we find ways to continue to be the church. Jesus said that the world will know we are his followers by the way we love one another. Social distancing does not mean disconnection, there are many ways to stay in contact and this is a unique and critical time for us to take this seriously to find every creative way we can to love and serve one another well.
Our vision statement is to love God, love people and see lives and communities transformed and this is not a moment to shrink back from this vision, but to embrace it. In a time of global uncertainty we have an amazing message of living hope and love.
Jesus said 'Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid'. I pray you may know this incredible peace right now!
We will stay in touch and let me encourage you to make Sunday mornings a new priority as we gather together online.
I'm sending this with lots of love.