The coronavirus pandemic which began late 2019 has brought many challenges to our country. Please visit our Facebook page for the latest COVID updates.
As a church, our response is based on several biblical priorities:
We should gather as a church: Because we draw near to God, we should draw near to each other (“church” in Greek literally means “gathering”). In our case, this means we should gather physically where possible, and not just stay online indefinitely. The early church faced far worse than us (persecution, death – see Heb 11:32-34) yet looked for ways to “not give up meeting together” (Heb 10:19–25) to encourage one other.
We should guard our unity: Ephesians 4:1-3 “…with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” This should be our attitude as we talk and pray and decide.
We should protect the vulnerable: Exodus 22:21-27 “Don’t mistreat… the foreigner… the widow… the fatherless… the needy” (see also Acts 2:45). In our case, the vulnerable include those who are at risk of worse health outcomes from getting COVID-19.
We should submit to our ruling authorities as they seek to do good: Romans 13:1-7 “…Everyone must submit themselves to the governing authorities… they are God’s servant to do you good.” In our case, this means honouring the government’s “Traffic Light System” and finding ways to worship in line with their regulations as they seek to do good by saving lives and protecting our healthcare system.
We pray that our decisions as a church family will reflect each of these biblical priorities. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Ps Albert or one of the other pastors or deacons. Let us turn our focus on our LORD Jesus, pray for control of this pandemic, and pray for the peoples to turn back to God!