“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” (John 14:1–2)
You will no doubt be aware that Britain – like many countries around the world – is dealing with a pandemic. Coronaviruses are a group of viruses of which ‘COVID-19’ is a new, previously unidentified, strain. The initial symptoms are like those of flu (coughing, high temperatures and shortness of breath). Those with weak immune systems, the elderly and those with chronic conditions such as diabetes are more susceptible.
The virus is very contagious and is likely spread through droplets caused by coughing or sneezing. There is a very high chance that the majority of people will catch the virus at some point. As a church, we will always strive to act both responsibly and in faith.
What we are doing
At this stage, following the government’s advice, all of our public meetings and gatherings are cancelled. However, using Zoom, we are currently hosting our morning services and mid-week study groups online. You do not need an account to participate – you can join from the free Zoom app or Zoom website. If you know someone without the internet who would like to join, there is a telephone dial-in number they can use to join by audio only.
In terms of safeguarding yourself and others, the strongest and most consistent advice right now is:
- Stay at home unless it is essential for you to go out (essential travel, groceries or medical reasons)
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Use at least 60% alcohol hand sanitiser if you cannot access soap and water.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue (or your elbow)
- Avoid touching your mouth, eyes or nose
Above all, we remain confident in a God who is at all times sovereign.