“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:31
I hope you’ve been encouraged by our series in John 20. Even though we may be in the wrong place at the wrong time to see the risen Lord Jesus, we can still believe in him with great confidence. Through the eye-witness accounts, we have a sure foundation for our faith, until one day we see Jesus face to face for ourselves.
Help until we’re home
This Sunday, we begin a new sermon series looking at part of Romans 8. We’re calling the series “Help until we’re home”. Romans 8 warns us that life in this world will often be hard. However, with the warning comes some incredible news: God has given us His Spirit. The Spirit, living within every Christian, gives us tremendous help until we make it to our true home in the new creation. Why not spend some time over the next few days reading through Romans 8 in preparation for the sermon series? I’m confident you will not regret spending the time it takes to read the chapter.
Planning for the future
Many of us will have watched our PM, Boris Johnson, as he made his announcement on Sunday unveiling government plans for ending the current lockdown. As the message shifts from “Stay Home” to “Stay Alert”, I know many of us are trying to understand what life might be like in the coming weeks. At our staff meeting on Monday, we discussed the implications of this shift in emphasis. In the short term, we cannot see any major changes to what we can and cannot do as a church family but we will continue to review the situation. One small change you might notice this Sunday is that we are now allowed to do some recording of services from the church building (provided only one person is present at a time). The building remains closed, but it might be encouraging to see it is still standing!
Meanwhile we remain very encouraged by the number of people who are watching our online services, both from within the church family and from further afield. Please do be thinking of people who might find these services useful, as well as the blogs that are appearing on our website week by week.
We are very aware that as this coronavirus crisis continues, the need for pastoral care may well increase. Please do let us know if we can help by contacting our pastoral care team. As the disruption to our economy filters down into everyday lives, we are also aware that some households might feel increasing pressure on finances. Please do make us of our hardship fund.
May you know the Lord’s care and protection this week.