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Coronavirus Update

2nd April update:

 
Last evening Tina reminded us of some encouraging verses from Psalm 46: 1-2
 “God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea"
 
I get the sense from talking with you and seeing your posts on whatsapp and emails that although this is a difficult situation for us all, you are all drawing strength from God at this time and people are reading their bibles and praying more, and of course the result is that we will all grow deeper in our faith and our relationship with God, which is a real positive to come from this tough situation.
As well as praying for our community and country, lets remember to pray for the rest of the world, especially the poorer countries which are very ill equipped to deal with this virus, and especially countries like Sierra Leone that are still struggling with the aftermath of Ebola.

 

26th March update:

Please continue to pray for those in our community who live alone and have now been on their own for several days, with many to come, and those who are struggling financially as a result of the coronavirus. The One Can Trust is doing a wonderful job of supporting them with food parcels. If you would like to donate to One Can to help with that support, you can do so here. 

23rd March update:

Please see new activity ideas for children and families suggested by Helen

Tomorrow we will be joining remotely with other churches in Downley to pray for our community. Please see our prayer page for a list of suggested topics for prayer, and obviously do pray for anything else you are aware of.

In order to create a closer sense of community we have decided to put up a daily bible reading plan and one area to pray for each day. You can find these on the Daily Bible Reading and prayer during coronavirus page.
19th March update:
As we try to work out different ways of being church together we will be adding new resources onto our website.
Today I have added a children's worship link where our families can learn some new songs and join in with some activities being provided by Nick and Becky Drake. You can also check this page in the weeks ahead for resources which Helen is going to tell us about.
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17th March update:

In accordance with advice from the government and the Church of England all of our church services will be suspended immediately.

We are also been requested to cancel all midweek groups, so that means we will not be holding home group or the Thursday morning coffee popin.

The Archbishop has requested that we keep our church buildings open for private prayer wherever possible, so we will be enabling access to our prayer room so that in addition to praying at home, those not in isolation can come and use the prayer stations. Those doing this should ensure that they have no sign of infection, and that they wash their hands thoroughly and use hand gel before and after they use the room.

We will be communicating regularly with all church members in the coming weeks and also updating this website regularly.

Living God's Love during Coronavirus 

At at time of uncertainty and change, when many will be fearful and anxious about health, work, seeing friends and family it is good to remember that we have a God who loves us unconditionally and who promises never to leave us or forsake us, so we know he is walking with us right now.
Psalm 9: 9 says: "The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble." 
In the weeks ahead we may not be able to go out as we would like, many of us will have to self isolate from other people, but none of us need to be isolated from God. Why not use this time, when we may well have more time on our hands than usual due to lack of travel, to spend more time with God. It is often out of times of darkness that we see God doing amazing things as people turn back to him and ernestly seek him in prayer.
I have put together a prayer service that you might like to use at home whilst we are unable to hold church services in the usual way. I suggest that we all try to follow this service at 11am on a Sunday morning, so that we are still joining together in worship, even if we are not physically together. In the weeks ahead we will try to update this website regularly with thoughts for the day and suggestions for prayer. 
Heather Graham, 17/03/2020