24th March

Today begins something that we have never seen before. Officially we are being told to stay at home and protect the NHS and thus protect other people. These words from the Prime Minister are serious and show how each person is to play a part in thinking about others. As Christians this has been our call from the very beginning and so we give ourselves to serving others and putting them first. In this case this means we don’t spend time with people not in our household unless our work necessitates it. But we are still called to serve. Shopping If you need help with shopping then please let Jerry know and he will organise someone to help you out. Please use this responsibly and if you are willing to shop then again please let Jerry know. Youth We are going to continue with Teen Bible Study and Sunday School in some form. Josh is working on that. The Website has been updated to reflect what we are doing and you will find the front page simpler to navigate so hopefully you can see everything you need to in one place (thanks Chris) Prayer Meeting and Home Groups Each week we will continue to have a prayer meeting at 7:30pm on a Wednesday which can be accessed through Zoom. Instructions for this are on our YouTube channel and more tutorials are coming. If you are stuck ask Chris, Damian or myself. This week we will also aim to have Home Groups for those who can and want to meet. Again this will be done in the Prayer Meeting Zoom Room and then I will split people off into groups once we are all met. 7:30pm Thursday night. Meeting ID: 306-105-694 Social Do continue to ring and message people but we thought it might be good to have people in the Zoom social room at certain times in the day. So we are suggesting that at 9am and 8pm there will be someone in the zoom social room to say hello and chat. This is open to everyone but then at 4pm we will have it open for any of the kids to chat. Meeting ID: 863-718-116 Obviously we are just feeling our way with this and trying to do things that will help and bless. We will review this as time goes on. Lastly: Through the night this verse has been in my mind: 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. What we are facing is hard and people will feel unsure and perhaps afraid. But we know that in all things God is working for our eternal good and we want to respond rightly as we face this challenge. Seeking God’s face, humbling ourselves before Him and turning from our wicked ways is what God says and all of those things start with us. God bless, Paul