We are certainly walking through uncharted waters and with the announcement that came out yesterday (preventing public gatherings of more than 100 people), we are having to completely change the way we do things as a wider community in this season. What is vital to remember is that while our physical building has to close, the church is still very much alive and active.
The hope, joy, peace and security that is found in Christ is now more visible and more attractive than ever. This really is a defining period of time for our faith and one in which we can shine our light, through doing good deeds and pointing people to our Heavenly Father.
WHAT ARE WE DOING
We will have a live stream go out on Sunday at 10:30am (via Facebook). The links will be on our website and app for this also. We are encouraging people to meet with their Group and watch it together on Sunday. However it will be available for all people to watch on any device in any place (provided they can connect to Facebook on the internet) so you can watch if you’re in self isolation or not yet in a group.
From the following Sunday we will have more viewing options and as we contact people and figure everything out, we have no doubt that things will be set up and available online for Little Switchers, Switch Kids and IGGY+ (all the groups that meet on a Sunday).
GROUPS ARE ESSENTIAL
Now more than ever the power of Groups is essential. If you are not yet in a group, this is the time to join one. Our biggest fear is that people will find themselves isolated with no-one to talk to. So we want everyone to continue to experience community and the power of having others around them so we can all one another, one another. For those of you in a group, the intentionality you have put into building the community around you will pay off significantly in this season. If you’re not currently in a group, we will be asking if you’d prefer to be part of a group that meets physically or online. For those self isolating, community is even more important, so make sure that you join an online group.
IGGY & FUSE
We will continue to run IGGY & FUSE on a Wednesday night until we are advised to stop. The youth will still be at school, and with sports all getting cancelled, having an opportunity for them to continue to come out is important. This is less risky than being at school due to the number of students at school compared with at IGGY & FUSE. Neither of these groups are hitting 100 yet so we are within all government guidelines and recommendations.
In these times, we are all better together. We have added to our website, and now right in front on the home page are two buttons – ‘Get Help’ & ‘Give Help.’ Our request for everyone is to go and use these two buttons to make us aware of how we can help and how you can help. For those that are in more at risk groups, this is our chance to serve you and to support you. Please don’t take unnecessary risks and venture out into crowds when others with less risk can do so. Please let us help.
Also in the face of something so big, while many of us want to help, we simply don’t know what to do. So we end up doing nothing. Please let us know how you can help, and we will co-ordinate it so that your helping makes a very real difference in other peoples lives.
As we iron out this system in the next few days, we will be pushing it public and really trying to use it in a way that allows us to serve our community and ensure they know that the Church is for them and standing with them at this time.
Unfortunately we have had to postpone the April Camp Survivor. Click here for our blog post for all you need to know.
I am praying for you, in particular this incredible prayer that Paul prayed for the church in Rome:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.