Corona Virus

 

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Following advice from the Government regarding social gatherings during the present crisis, all acts of worship and other gatherings at the church ceased on 17/03/2020.

Further advice on Covid 19 and what you need to do is available via the Covid-19 Link

Despite the current situation, the worship life of the Church goes on in the background. The Church Family will continue to Pray and the Leadership will maintain communication with all church friends using the various means available.  If you have a specific prayer request, please send it to the link below, please don’t worry you will not be contacted unless you ask us to do so:

p-r-a-y-e-r@outlook.com

Coved 19 has spread it’s gloomy shadow over the whole earth in these last few weeks bringing sickness and death in every place. It is also causing economic collapse in countries, in industry and most worryingly in individual homes.

Yet so many are working hard to stop it’s effects and it’s spread particularly those in health services and caring professions and of course not forgetting governments across the world!

Where is God may well be the cry on many troubled and fearful hearts?

“God is our refuge and strength,

a very present help in trouble” was the cry of the Psalmist. (Psalm 46:1)

“The LORD upholds all who are falling

and raises up all who are bowed down”. (Psalm:145:14)

“The LORD is near to all who call on him,

to all who call on him in truth”. (Psalm:145:18)

In the silence of our empty streets surely the right thing to  do is “Be still, and know that He is God”. (Psalm 46:10)

But the best thing is to know with absolute confidence that the Lord Jesus His only beloved Son is risen and is with us Always!

This is from a teacher in China reflecting on lock down. 

Accept that you have no control over the situation. Let go of any thoughts of trying to plan too much for the next month or two. Things change so fast. Don’t be angry and annoyed at the system. Anxiety goes down, and you make the best of the situation – whatever that might be for you. Accept that this is what it is and things will get easier.

Appreciate this enforced downtime. When do you ever have time like this? I will miss it when we go back to the fast-paced speed of the ‘real world’.

As a teacher, the relationships I have built with my students have only continued to grow. I have loved seeing how independent they are; filming themselves to respond to tasks while also learning essential life skills such as balance, risk-taking and problem-solving, that even we as adults are still learning.

As we watch the rest of the world begin their time inside; here are some of my reflections on the last seven weeks:

The sense of community I have felt during this time is incredible. I could choose who I wanted to spend my energy on – who I wanted to call, message and connect with and found the quality of my relationships has improved.

Time goes fast. I still haven’t picked up the ukelele I planned to learn, and there are box set TV shows I haven’t watched yet.

To those just beginning this journey, You will get through it. Listen to what you are told, follow the rules and look out for each other. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Try not to listen to/read/watch too much media. It WILL drive you crazy. There is a thing as too much!

We are allowed to move around freely now with a green QR code that we show when we get our temperature taken. You get your temperature taken everywhere, and it’s just become part of the routine. Most restaurants and shopping centres are now open, and life is coming back to our city.

We are just finishing our 7th week of E-Learning, seven weeks of being mainly housebound and seven weeks of uncertainty. We are healthy, we are happy, and we are humbled.

You learn to appreciate the little things; sunshine through the window, flowers blossoming and being able to enjoy a coffee in a cafe.

 Sometimes it’s so nice to read positive things, also to know that we shouldn’t  think about 12 weeks unable to get out for the vulnerable, work on one week at a time and this will pass and one day, whenever it will be, life will return to “normal” with just a touch more kindness in the world