‘Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal rock’
As you will know, the situation regarding Coronavirus is changing very rapidly and having increasingly widespread consequences. This is an anxious and concerning time for many, and we want you to know that we as a church will do everything we can to provide practical, emotional and spiritual support for all those in our congregation and parish. We place our trust in the Rock of our salvation and will continue to seek to demonstrate God’s love and bring a message of hope to our community.
We have assembled a team of people to help us think through how we can respond to the impact of the Coronavirus and are drawing up some exciting plans for how we can be a church without walls. Over the next few days we will be sending out lots more information, but here’s what you need to know for now:
1. Following advice from the Archbishops we are suspending all church services and events with immediate effect. These include home groups, life groups children’s and youth groups, prayer groups and Sunday services.
2. We are cancelling all external bookings in the church and Emmanuel Centre.
3. We are encouraging our fabulous staff team to work from home.
The most important thing I can say to you is that our building is closed, but our church is very much open and very much alive! We, the people, are the church, and God is calling us to stand firm and step out. It’s not going to be easy, but we have a glorious opportunity to discover God in new ways and help others to do the same.
We will be in touch again soon with lots more details, resources and ideas, including how we support the most vulnerable, how we can worship and grow in our faith, how we can pray together, how we can have fun together and how we can shine God’s light in our community. In the meantime, perhaps you could consider:
a) Is there someone in your street who needs your help?
b) Is there someone you could ring up and encourage?
c) What gifts might you be able to offer to our church and community at this time?
d) Is there someone who’s not very good with technology whom you could help so they can stay connected?
If you find yourself in difficulty of any sort, please don’t hesitate to be in touch. We are the body of Christ and we stand together. Please email email@example.com for pastoral matters and firstname.lastname@example.org for practical matters. We will endeavour to check the office answerphone every day or two and will send out details of a new office mobile soon.
Ben, Wendy and David
Associate Vicar and wardens
Emmanuel Coronavirus Update
17th March 2020