Covid-19 (Friday 13th March 2020)

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Dear Friends,

I’m guessing you will have been following the news as attentively as I have been.  We were at Prière, Pomme Pain this afternoon when it was announced that all meetings of over 100 people have been forbidden by the French government!  Church wardens Roy, Jerry and I met yesterday and have exchanged today and with the support of the church council, it is with heavy heart that we have decided to postpone Sunday gatherings for the next few weeks.  We feel it is important to a) follow the legal protocol and b)protect each other in the short term.  I know that many, if not all, other churches around the city are doing the same thing in an effort to protect the most frail and vulnerable in our communities.

Between now and Sunday we will work out a way of sharing worship together. It might be on formats like Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype or Youtube. Whatever it is, we are going to do our best to remain connected and worshipful through this season!  I am very aware that some of our church family members don’t have email or social media, please can you spread the word around.

Sorry for the brief note but I was eager to transmit the news as early as possible – more to follow tomorrow.

Every blessing to you all, what strange times we are living in!  Keep your hands clean and your prayers active!!

Ben and the church council

PS  My Bible notes for Thursday were taken from Philippians 4

“The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”