In these difficult and unprecedented times, the church is not on pause; it is just being done differently. Our mission remains unchanged, we want to glorify and worship God through our words and our actions. We continue to try and introduce people to Jesus, even in these isolating social conditions. We continue to want people to mature in their relationship with God. We are hearing evidence of this maturity through the many phone calls, texts and virtual meetings taking place where love and encouragement for one another are being shown. This love is also being demonstrated by people helping with grocery shopping and medicine collections. We are so grateful for all of this.

This time can be isolating and lonely for some of us and for others it may be difficult with increased tension in households. We pray for God’s love and peace to prevail in all our homes. This virus forcibly reminds us all of our vulnerability and mortality, but our steadfast and certain hope is found in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

During this time the Elders are meeting three times a week, to discuss pastoral and church matters and more importantly to pray for the church, the community, the government, our mission partners and the wider world. As a church, we want to be good earthly citizens but with heavenly intentions, therefore we are discussing and praying about the future, and cautiously considering what physical church will look like. These considerations will be in light of all relevant government advice and also advice provided by the FIEC. Please pray for the Elders as we cautiously make decisions for the church.

Therefore, we will continue to meet via our Online Sunday Service and other virtual means until the time is right for us to physically meet together as a church family for Sunday services at Hall Cross Lower and on Bessacarr Lane. We will keep you informed as the situation evolves and will be guided by advice from the government and the FIEC.