Covid 19 - Leaders' letter
From the leadership team:
These are unprecedented times for our country and for our Church, each day brings new challenges, concerns, guidelines and advice. As the leadership of Berwick Baptist Church we have a responsibility to listen and act on this advice first and foremost to protect the most vulnerable in our fellowship. It is therefore with great sadness that we have decided for the next few months to suspend all our church services, groups and activities in line with government guidelines. However this does not mean Berwick Baptist Church ceases to meet or ceases to be an effective and proactive place of worship. We are God's children and with that comes responsibilities to pray fervently for our nation, to worship God and declare his glory and to lift up the name of Jesus.
We are therefore proposing to put into place the following things:
We will be using the church website and Facebook Page on a daily basis to share prayers and Bible verses including a link to the Northumbria Community Daily Prayer (see below).
Each Sunday we will share a link to a sermon that we can all listen to together - where possible let's all try to listen to it at 10.30 so the church is coming together even when we are apart.
If you listen to a good sermon share the link with one of the leadership and we will potentially use it on a Sunday.
We would like everyone to commit to praying at 7pm on a Tuesday evening so the church still comes together for our weekly prayer meeting. (If you are unable to pray at this time commit to set aside time elsewhere in the week)
If you would like to get together with others to set up online prayer partners/triplets please let us know and we will facilitate this.
We have a small number of elderly members who do not have access to the internet, please take the time to give them a call, write them a letter to know they are being thought of and supported through these very challenging times.
If you are self isolating please let us know so we are able to support you.
Please be honest with one another, these are times where our faith in God will be tested. Do not be afraid or ashamed to contact us if everything is simply getting too much for you. If fear and anxiety are taking a hold, allow us to care for you and help lift that heavy burden.
We are family and we are in this together for the long haul.
Psalm 93:2-4 "Your throne, O Lord, has stood from time immemorial. You yourself are from the everlasting past. The floods have risen up, O Lord. The floods have roared like thunder; the floods have lifted their pounding waves. But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore - THE LORD ABOVE IS MIGHTIER THEN THESE!
With much love in Christ
John, Dave, Linda, Kim and Helen