Trevor shares some thoughts
Covid-19 - Our mission continues
I pray that over the Easter period you and your loved ones were able to rest albeit in lockdown circumstances. I trust also that you have been able to get out of the house for some exercise and enjoy the glorious weather. As we all spend more time in our homes, I hope that you have been able to spend time in prayer, bible study and just resting in the Lord’s presence.
As a staff team we have been working behind the scenes organising meetings by Zoom, recording and publishing services and devotions on YouTube and social media, which of course was and is a learning curve. It’s not the easiest speaking to a camera and having to look at yourself but God bless you all that’s what you have to look at every week! We miss you and have been trying to stay connected with you as a congregation by telephone, email or through various social media platforms. We know some of you are having difficulties and if I or anyone one of the staff team or pastoral team can be of any assistance to you or you would just like prayer please call us or email us. We are here for you.
The building may be closed but ministry of the church continues, and we thank God for that. Our monthly prayer meeting will continue on the first Tuesday of the month and will be by Zoom. Any difficulties downloading or using Zoom, just let us know and we will hopefully be able to help you with the technical side. The AGM (Easter General Vestry) has been postponed and the Diocese will give us new dates for same. In the meantime, the present vestry has been asked to continue for the time being.
During this time I have been struggling with an issue that has caused much prayer and even sleepless nights. How do we reach out as a church to our community with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, to those who maybe don’t attend any church and are asking questions like where is God in all this pandemic? I have discovered over the weekend that Alpha have made the course available online. It works a little like this. You download Zoom to your computer, which even I was able to do. A host would will send you a link so you can join the meeting. You will then be able to watch the Alpha video on your own screen, in your own home and then join others on Zoom, discussing the topic for the evening. It works well actually and people because they do not have to go to a church building are more happy to do this course in the privacy of their own homes.
This is where I would love you to help. We need to start this course next week because once restrictions start to be lifted people will have less time to do such a course. Would you ask a friend to do this course? You invite just one (well more than one if you like) and do the course with them and maybe 12-14 others on Zoom, along with a host who will lead the discussions. Don’t worry about the technical side of things we will help you with that.
Friends, I believe we have a short but amazing opportunity to spread the Gospel and all for God’s glory. Please pray for one person that comes to mind that you could invite, be bold and just ask them, wherever they are in the world. Please don’t leave it for others to do. I would love to see multiple courses happening at the same time.
If you have any questions that you would like to ask about Alpha or how it will work, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 087 9812025.
"And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying,
"This is My body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me."
This was a command Jesus gave to His followers to remember His sacrifice for us on the cross. This coming Sunday we hope to break bread together, all be it in our own homes. So I suggest that you have some bread and wine/juice (or something similar) at hand so when we come to that part of our online service you are ready. If you have children with you this is a good week to explain to them what is happening as we break bread together.