Letter from Paul – 29th May 2020

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May
29

Dear friends

As we continue to journey through these unchartered waters
of COVID 19 it is relevant at this time to give a further update. As a Church
we have of course been following government advice in relation to our various
Church activities. But as we begin to move out of the more stringent rules it
is important to handle our re-entry in a safe and reasonable manner.

The government has outlined a potential opening date for
churches to be the 4th July, although this is data permitting. Even
so it seems that the threat of COVID 19 will still be apparent and therefore
the leadership of the Church have decided that all the weekly activities in the
life of the Church will not look at restarting until at least September. This
will include activities such as Chapel Tots, Oasis and Soup and a Roll,
although we will continue to monitor and discuss what we do in regards to our Sunday
morning celebration. We will of course continue to live stream our Sunday
morning services for the foreseeable future.

Naturally concern for our community and for those in the
more “at risk” categories in our society needed to be considered, and such
reflection has resulted in this difficult decision. While this may be sad news,
this decision is based on careful thought and a deep concern for public health.

We would like to announce some additional changes to our
current system of communicating during lockdown. As of June 1st our
weekly fellowship call will move to a Monday evening at 8pm to facilitate the
reopening of a Zoom house group starting on 2nd June. This will run
on alternate Tuesdays with a Zoom prayer meeting occurring on the other
Tuesdays. This follows the pattern we used pre-lock down and will enable the
Church to engage on both a personal and spiritual level. The details of this slight
adjustment are on the Church notices emailed each week and I encourage those
who wish to be part of a house group to take the opportunity to join in on
Zoom. We will begin with one house group operating but hopefully the uptake
will involve more groups being formed.

For the time being we are joining together the two house
groups as some from David Okell’s group are unable to access Zoom. So Andy and
Ruth’s group will meet via Zoom and you are encouraged to log in and
participate. Even if you haven’t been part of a house group before this is a
great opportunity to have fellowship with others from Church and to spend some
time together praying and reading God’s Word.

Let us continue to pray for both our nation and our world in
the midst of this pandemic and I pray that you will be filled with a real sense
of the love of God in your lives at this difficult time.

God Bless

Paul Wheeler

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