Since I wrote at Easter for the May magazine, we have all got rather
used to the changing pattern of life and have also come to realise that
it will be some time before we see anything like normality.
It would seem that churches will not be sharing in worship in any
familiar fashion for some long time, as social distancing measures are
kept in place - the very opposite to the biblical concept of koinonia
Ė the Greek word usually translated as fellowship.
We may feel deprived and on the back foot but must be mindful of the
reality that our lockdown is nothing compared to what others are
suffering around the world. Whilst some may have concerns over jobs and
finances, most of us are still under a safe roof and have clean water,
food to eat and reliable sanitation. Many in the world have no hope of
self isolating as they havenít any personal space. Christians in lots of
countries where they are in the minority are suffering even more than
most, as they do not tend to get much of the help and resources that are
Isolation can have a real effect on our mental health, so please make an
effort to look out for people. We have done our best to keep in touch
with everyone via the weekly Life Line communication and other ad
hoc calls and messages. Please continue to uphold those of us who are
working to bring worship on line to you every week and the team of
Elders as they seek to give good leadership.
Letís all take inspiration from Paul and Silas singing their hearts out
in the Philippian jail. God can move mightily in the most unexpected
ways! We must keep our eyes on the Lord and not let our heads drop as we
struggle on through this very odd season. The building may be closed -
but the church should remain open in every sense of the word, and we
must be seen as good news people.
The church must reflect the life and example of its Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ. We should be sacrificial, generous and giving people, not
just seeking to protect ourselves through this crisis. We must take
responsibility for the whole community and be especially concerned for
the most vulnerable. We canít do things in all the usual ways but we
must be creative and willing to be used however God leads us. Do pray
and ask him how you can serve....
As we try to look out for others, please donít be afraid to let us know
if you need any help and support,
With love and best wishes,