Impact of Covid-19
18th March 2020
We know that this is a time of uncertainty, but we want to encourage you that our response is not one of fear, but one of prayer, care and wisdom. We are seeking to care for one another and for those most vulnerable in our community. Therefore, all church services and meetings are currently suspended. Although the building may be closed, we are still the Church full of hope and trust in the Lord.
In his statement, Bishop David said this:
“In these days our world needs a church that is awake, that is servant–hearted, that is diligent in prayer and that continues to find ways to make Christ known. A W Tozer said that when the world is gripped by fear the world needs a fearless church.”
Let us seek God in all things, and remember that perfect love casts out all fears as we trust in Jesus Christ.
Although we will not be gathering in our church building or hall, we are exploring new ways to connect with each other as a Church family. Until such time as we can gather together again physically, we would encourage you to join us virtually at 11am on Sunday mornings to worship, pray and hear from God’s word. You can view our services here or on our YouTube channel each Sunday morning.
The Church Office will be closed until further notice. Jonny Tate can still be reached by email and telephone, as phone calls will be transferred.
The following Church services and activities are also currently suspended:
- Holy Week Services
- Easter Vestry
- Mother’s Union
- Children’s and Youth Ministries
- Life Groups
- Healing on the Streets
- Bell ringing
When the Church was first born there was no building, it was the people, the Holy Spirit and the Power of the Gospel. Isn’t it a blessing that this situation does not change that?
We are so encouraged to hear of the pastoral sharing that is happening as members of the church family contact each other to talk and pray during this time of trial. In general, there seems to be good support in place from family, friends, statutory agencies and also church, (often through Life Groups or an organisation, such as Mothers’ Union). If you or someone you know needs help and doesn’t have such support systems in place, then please contact the church office.
Here are just three examples of how you can spend time with God and serve those around you this week:
- Call one another and pray over the phone
- Start a new bible reading plan
- Drop a note round to your neighbours house letting them know you are praying for them
Let us know of ways you are seeking to use this time to worship God and care for one another!
Bangor Parish Team