Covid 19 - Leaders' letter
From the leadership team:
While some churches in our town are beginning to commence limited Sunday services this coming weekend, we as a Baptist family will not be reopening up our building at the present time. Before we regather, we will be taking advice from the leaders of our wider Baptist family, and assessing the risks involved in regathering, as well as talking to each of you, to see how you feel about regathering.
At some point in July, our leadership will meet again via Zoom, to discuss and pray about this matter. Please keep us in your prayers, that we hear God at this especially important time.
As a leadership we are at present exploring more ways to be interactive as a church family. I have also resumed meeting pastorally with people by going for social distance walks, or sitting in peoples gardens, and if the weather is not good I am meeting one person or a family per day in the church hall. This gives time for the hall and toilets to be cleaned down, ensuring it is virus free for the next meeting. Therefore, it is important everyone continues to refrain from entering any of our buildings, thank you.
While our scriptures are very clear that God watches over us and protects us, the Lord also expects us to use our common sense, this in no way negates faith and implies you have weak faith if you choose to wear a mask. I’ve not really worn a mask the whole of lock down, but as lockdown eases I now have chosen to wear one, not because I’m living in fear of getting the virus, but because people in our town are getting careless in social distancing. It is important we continue to maintain social distancing, to keep ourselves and our town safe in accordance with government guidelines. Romans 13:1-3 teaches us to submit to the governing authorities and as we do this also affords us a certain amount of protection.
Until then, we will continue as we have been doing, by keeping in place the following:
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.
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.
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