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Coronavirus Updates

I’m sure you’re aware of the developing situation across the world with the spread of the Coronavirus. We are monitoring the situation carefully – here’s a useful update of where things stand right now:

SUMMARY: WE WILL NOT BE GATHERING IN OUR BUILDING ON SUNDAYS. ALL COMMUNITY LIFE & GROUPS ARE SUSPENDED

 The Government is now advising that everyone should:

Avoid non-essential contact with others

Avoid non-essential travel

Avoid social spaces like pubs, clubs, theatres

Work from homes where possible

Self isolate if you have a fever of persistent cough for 7 days if you live alone or 14 days if you live with others.

 I’m sure this has significant implications for your daily life and like me, you are probably scrambling to work out what it all means and how to adjust! It also has significant implications for how we will operate as a church family in the weeks to come.

Until further notice, we will not be meeting on Sundays and are asking all City Groups and other expressions of community life to stop meeting as well.  

We had an incredible time together at both of our gatherings this Sunday worshipping and praying to God. In moments like this it is so easy to allow our hearts to become fearful, to turn inwards rather than looking upwards to God and outwards to our neighbours. On Sunday I asked us to all commit to 3 things together.

To continue to care for one another

To continue to seek God together

To continue to look for opportunities to extend God’s Kingdom

 We are in faith that this will be a season of life and growth for City Church. Even as we face challenging times together let’s keep on being the church, caring for one another, seeking God and serving those around us. I’ve attached an additional document below with some thoughts as to how we can continue in these 3 key areas. Please take a few minutes to read over it.

DOCUMENT: Being City Church in the Light of Coronavirus

Philippians 4:6-7 says this: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

In this season, more than anything, let’s be people of courageous prayer not anxiety. We pray that the peace of God would be with you and your loved ones at this time. We pray his protection over you and your family. We pray that many people would turn to him.

James Shepherd

On behalf of the elders