Our response to the Coronavirus
As a leadership team we have been discussing the implications for us in how we gather as a church community.
Firstly, we are a Community of Faith and so our response should be one of faith and not fear.
Psalm 91:3–6 (NIV84)
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
Secondly, we are a Community of Love and so we need to keep looking for ways to love and encourage people inside and outside of our community.
1 John 4:18 (NIV84)
18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
We also recognize the authority and wisdom of our Government and want to follow their recommendations and guidelines so that we can lead the way in being responsible citizens.
We encourage you to visit sacoronavirus.co.za to make sure that you are adhering to their advice.
Regarding our meetings:
Because all our meetings are below 100 people, we are not required to close them, but we want to make sure that our times together are not doing “more harm than good”
So whether we meet on a Sunday, or in our homes the following apply:
- If you are sick please stay at home
- Take good care of your personal hygiene before attending a meeting
- When you arrive at a meeting please wash your hands with sanitizer or soap and water
- Respect personal space and maintain an appropriate distance from each other
- This means no physical contact when greeting; so use non-contact forms of greeting
- If you need to cough or sneeze, preferably leave the room, and then use a tissue or do it into your elbow
- Tea and coffee will not be served until further notice
We will continue to devote ourselves to the Word of God
We will continue to worship
We will continue to pray for one another
We will continue to encourage one another in the faith
We will continue to trust our God in this time and to testify to the resurrection power and love of Jesus
We will keep you updated about our practices as things develop for our nation, and so for us as a community.
Let us be prepared to show the same resilience that the Church has always shown through the ages in times of crisis!