17th March 2020
Dear Community Church Family,
In these unprecedented times I’m writing on behalf of all the elders to encourage you and update you on the decisions we are needing to make.
BE ENCOURAGED IN FAITH
First let's remember we live in faith and trust, not fear, because as the Psalmist says -
'God is our refuge and strength , always ready to help in times of
trouble. So we will not fear' (Ps 46.1-2).
'Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment
was laid out before a single day had passed.' (Ps 139.16)
Our times are in God's hands and He is not surprised by what's happening in the world at the moment.
ALL CHURCH MEETINGS SUSPENDED
We want to co-operate fully with the government's efforts to manage the coronavirus and therefore have agreed to suspend all church meetings for the foreseeable future. This includes Sunday meetings, other public meetings and small group and ministry group meetings.
REMOTE CHURCH-WIDE COMMUNICATION
We will be making good use of all electronic means of communication to keep ourselves connected in our CCBS community. In addition to email, make sure to follow us on Facebook & Instagram, and keep an eye on our Youtube channel in the coming days.
SMALL GROUP LIFE
Although Small Group Meetings need to be suspended, we can use group what's app or other video conference calls to keep connected, encourage each other and pray together.
If your group doesn't have these facilities set up, hopefully someone in the group will be able to organise this. If you need further help, Becca Marsh can talk you through how to set this up. Contact her via e-mail at
Please be proactive in keeping in touch with each other individually to make sure anyone in self-isolation is supported with shopping deliveries and other help they need.
LOVING OUR NEIGHBOURS
This is an opportunity for us to express God's love to our neighbours in practical ways.
HERE is a link to an 'I can help' card you can print off at home and distribute to neighbours you could offer to help. This card is being used quite widely by churches and others.
We're asking office staff to work from home unless it is impractical.
Please use email rather than phone for enquiries. An emergency phone contact number is in process of being established & we will communicate this as soon as possible.
Please be alert to elderly members who live near to you and be ready to offer them whatever help may be needed. We may be in contact with you to request this, realising that you may not be aware of who lives close by.
I'll close with some words from St Patrick that were quoted in today's lectio365 app (do subscribe - it's free).
When he wrote this Patrick was trapped - not by a virus but in slavery, so they are particularly apt for us right now -
' I would pray all the time, right through the day. More and more the love of God and fear of him grew, so that in a single day I would say as many as a hundred prayers, and at night only slightly less...I would hardly notice any discomfort and was always full of energy. It is clear to me now, that this was due to the fervour of the Spirit within me.'
We will keep in touch,
With love on behalf of all the elders,
Posted by Rebecca