New Government Covid Restrictions for us all
The new restrictions announced this week are perhaps not unexpected given the resurgence of the virus but nevertheless bring significant concerns, further inconvenience and anxiety to many.
We will continue to meet via our online weekly services yet under the new guidelines, services in Church will be suspended until further notice. This will include small worshipping groups and mid-week communions.
We are awaiting clarification from Government regarding usage of the building but at the moment the guidance is clear that we are not permitted to meet in the building to worship. We are hopeful that we can return with our booking system for services at the beginning of December; please watch and pray.
As before, it is essential, and God’s desire, that we care for and encourage one another. Please renew or continue making phone calls, emails, letters, cards etc. to those who are isolated or alone. If you feel alone, please call someone for a chat.
Please link into a small group to ensure regular pastoral contact or if you are not a member of a small group, contact Carolyn Waite via the church office who will arrange an introduction into a group.
Keep in regular contact and communication with Church via Sunday service online, the website, newsletters, Facebook or the church office. If you know someone who doesn’t have access to a computer, please print them a copy of the newsletter and drop it through their letter box.
If you have specific prayer requests, please contact Jean Balcombe (firstname.lastname@example.org) and for any pastoral matters the Clergy, Wardens and staff team are on hand to listen, pray, support and signpost to targeted professional support where necessary.
Moving back into lockdown can highlight domestic issues. If you are concerned or in fear of domestic abuse, please seek support and help. Margaret Sutherland, our safeguarding officer, can help signpost you to practical and emotional support agencies (email@example.com).
Financial concerns and mounting credit card debt can drive us into making some unwise decisions, especially with Christmas approaching. Seek help and support. You can access advice via CAP (Christians Against Poverty). Please contact Helen Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org) who can signpost you to practical advice and debt support.
What can I do? Please pray. There will be those who will be increasing their efforts to support others through our many outreach projects and whether that is as a group, team, small group or as a family or individual, may the Lord give you strength, courage, and fresh energy to fulfil that which He is asking of us in the next few weeks.
Please remember that the ongoing finances of Christchurch increase rather than decrease during times such as this and if you haven’t yet prayerfully considered your regular giving, please do that now. John deBorde would be more than happy to have a confidential phone conversation with you and can advise on ways in which you can give to the life and ministry at Christchurch at this time (email@example.com).
In the meantime, know that God is with us, we are not alone. He calls and equips us, His Church, to bring light into the dark places of this world and community, and to bring Hope.
We trust in Him.
Christchurch Leadership Team