The news announced by the prime minister this evening outlining further restrictions on our daily life demonstrates that this current COVID -19 outbreak is really very serious, hence the very drastic action taken by the government .
Clearly this will have a huge impact on the lives of all of us but for the safety of everyone it is vital that we follow the instructions set out by the Prime Minister. We find ourselves in uncharted waters, never in our lifetimes have we had to deal with anything as serious as this. However whatever has changed in the way the world works , NOTHING has changed in the nature of our Saviour Jesus. His care and love will never fail us: Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Hebrews 13:8
This is not to say that we won’t have difficult days ahead. Our faith is not insurance against life’s troubles but it is an assurance that Jesus is with us, at our side, whatever we face. Can we urge you all to take these restrictions very seriously. The prospect of an enforced isolation is very hard for all us but we would ask you to think particularly of those members of our church family who live alone. Some of our church family were already advised to stay at home for three months because they were identified as particularly vulnerable. Please keep in touch with them by telephone or e mail and if you are able to by post .
Please pray that the measures introduced today will be respected and be effective in slowing down the spread of this dreadful virus. Below is a letter from Bishop Pete which was sent this evening which urges us all to work together to care for each other. Please take care and stay safe.
Liz, Angela and Ali
Letter from Bishop Pete:
My dear friends in Christ,
I suppose you will by now have heard, or seen reports of, the statement made by the Prime Minister tonight. I am sure it has come as a great shock even to those who have suspected that this step was bound to be taken eventually.
May I urge you please to comply fully with these severe restrictions and not to look for ways around them. Further advice will follow, probably tomorrow, about eg emergency baptisms and numbers who might attend funerals. But for now the message is clear: please stay at home; please close your church buildings and keep them closed. There are to be no more baptisms or weddings for the time being. Please pray for the mercy and deliverance of God. Please care for the vulnerable and be gentle with yourself. Please do what you can, even from home, even while you are separated from family, friends and neighbours, to seek the perfect love which casts out fear, and to invest in relationship and community.
And now may the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.