The leadership team have made the difficult decision to cease our Sunday gatherings for the time being. Whilst we are still under the government-recommended 100 person limit, we are also conscious that a fair proportion our brothers and sisters are in the “high risk” category with regard to the Corona Virus. We also see this as the best way to “love your neighbour” in terms of preventing any further spread.
I think it’s worth pointing out that while our services have temporarily ceased, CHURCH has not stopped. Both the church “gathered” and the church “scattered” are still the Church – God’s redeemed people, on mission in the world. So, while our Sundays may look a little different, we will still be worshipping God together, albeit from our own homes.
A "Home Church Booklet" will be delivered to members before each Sunday. which will include some devotional thoughts and discussion questions, as we continue our Sunday program. They are designed so that you can do them as an individual, a couple, or a household. There will also be links to songs to listen to, prayer points, and any announcements.
If you’re concerned about COVID-19, a little lesson from church history may give perspective. This was Martin Luther’s approach as he faced the “Black Death” plague:
"I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbour needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God." (The Annotated Luther, Volume 4: Pastoral Writings, page 404.)
In summary of Luther: