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Dear Members of the Congregation,

We are going through an unprecedented time at the moment with travel being curtailed and churches not even able to meet. People are losing their jobs and livelihoods and whole countries have been in lockdown.

At times such as these it is important to keep in touch, to talk on the phone, use email and social media etc, especially if personal physical contact is at a minimum. No doubt families will be pulling together and helping loved ones and indeed neighbours get through this difficult time.

It is important that we keep caring for each other.  Some of us will be self-isolating for various reasons so if you, or someone you know from church, is in need of spiritual and/or practical help please get in touch with Nikki Gillan (Pastoral Associate) on 07930 336369, or myself (028 25652407) and we will endeavour to help where we can. eg  a regular phone call, shopping collected, items posted, prescriptions collected. We encourage you to keep in touch with your Life groups, people you serve with in ministry, your neighbours & friends. Our elders will be phoning around their Pastorates to ensure that you are keeping well through this time.

While the church cannot meet together physically, if you have the Internet, then please access the sermons each week on Youtube/Facebook or via the church website. We will try and keep lines of communication open as much as possible. With all the uncertainty and no idea at all when restrictions will be relaxed we pray for patience for us, strength for the health service personnel and for wise government from our leaders. As the world in some ways is brought to its knees may people look up to God and to Jesus as our Rock in times of trouble. 

I appreciate that there are members of our congregation who cannot access the internet and who are not on email. In the incoming weeks we hope to get our Easter magazine, this letter and a CD/DVD to those in this category. It is helpful to us if we can ascertain who is not on email or the internet so if you are aware of members of the congregation who are isolated in that way let us know and we will endeavour to post/deliver information to them.

This can be a worrying time but we will get through it and we know that the Lord ultimately is in control. Out of difficulties and darkness the light of the gospel can shine more brightly. “Let us encourage one another and all the more as The Day approaches (Hebrews 10:25)”.

Blessings in Christ,

Norman