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Our response to SARS-CoV-2

Updated: Apr 23

23 March 2020

WE LOVE OUR NEIGHBOUR

While we are saddened by the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 virus across the world, in Australia and especially in NSW, we remind ourselves that God is in control of all things. This an opportunity to love our neighbour by doing what we can to slow the spread of the virus and to share resources. We can do so by diligently complying with the guidance and instructions of authorities, and by remaining sensible.

Regular updates on prevention, spread and covid-19 patient numbers are published by the Department of Health at the link below. Our Facebook page will publish suggestions to care for our neighbours, friends and ourselves in these times. Philippians 2 reminds us ‘Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others’. Let’s creatively check on our neighbours each day. We now have an opportunity to show Christ’s love to the world in deed and in word.

WE ADAPT THE WAY WE FELLOWSHIP

Over the last few days, we have been brainstorming ways to remain connected with, care for, and in fellowship with each other. While our ideas at present are based on what we know about the virus and its spread, this may change very quickly, and we will update you as we go.

As of this Sunday, we are livestreaming our services. We will email and text you the livestream details on Sunday morning. Connecting is as simple as clicking the link on a device with internet access. We will also publish this information on the church website and Facebook page. If you haven’t already, please connect to our Facebook and web page (details below). While possible, we will continue small groups meetings such as bible studies with distancing or virtually, and in compliance with regulation.

We however recognise that for some of us, technology is challenging, and if we haven’t discussed this with you yet, please let us know immediately even if you are not a regular at our services. We can help you connect.  

This is an opportunity to strengthen our fellowship by intentionally connecting with each other. We will facilitate another helpful way to connect via a connect-call-chain. This is a once a week telephone call chain that will enable everyone to participate, is personal and enables us to chat, read a bible passage and/or pray, depending on the need at the time. We will provide you details on how to join the connect-call-chain in the next few days. We want everyone looped in. 1 John 4.11 exhorts us ‘Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.’ 

WE REMAIN CONNECTED

Please dialogue with each other, your elders and leaders. Without intentional communication, we will be blind to each other’s needs, and will potentially leave a church family member unsupported through challenging times, and in rapidly changing situations. Hebrews 10.25 urges us to be ‘…encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching’.

WE LOVE EACH OTHER

It would be naive to not acknowledge that the weeks and months ahead is going to be tough. There will be times when we will be anxious, lonely and sad. These are the times when we must allow our brothers and sisters to care for and pray for us, by regularly updating each other on how we are coping. Galatians 6.2 reminds us to ‘bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ’.

We welcome suggestions on how to support you through this time. Our leadership teams will be meeting (virtually) every few days to pray and work ways to best care for you during this time. 

WE REMEMBER THAT GOD IS IN CONTROL

In Romans 8.28, Paul reminds us that ‘we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose’. At this time, while it may be difficult to understand what good can come from this experience, we need to trust that God is in control. Can I encourage you to ready yourself to adapt in the times ahead, so that we learn and grow more like Christ.


For information on the current health alert in Australia:

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

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