Dear Christ the Rock family,

The coronavirus has had an enormous impact on all aspects of society, including church life. Below is a brief summary of our response. It is by no means extensive, and we will keep you all updated as our plans progress.

Safety

In line with government advice, we are reluctantly suspending all physical church gatherings. This includes Sunday mornings, home groups, youth groups, and prayer meetings. The aim of this is to both delay the spread of the virus, as well as ensure the safety of our church community.

Please refer to the NHS website for specific information on how to stay safe: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Community

In addition to the health and economic implications of the coronavirus, we are also aware of the social impact this will have on individuals who can no longer regularly meet with others. We are currently exploring ways that the church can help in this area, especially with those who are most vulnerable/isolated. Please get in touch if you are feeling isolated/vulnerable.

Worship

One of the most hope-filled Christian truths is the belief that God meets us in our trials. God met Moses in the wilderness, David whilst on the run, Jonah inside a whale, Daniel in a lion’s den and Peter inside a jail cell. Wherever we are, God wants to meet us during this season.

Whilst we are suspending Sunday meetings, we will be looking to provide ways for people to maintain a daily rhythm of seeking God. Take a look at the 'Church Online' page for our current provisions.

Compassion

In the midst of trials, it is our ‘love for one another’ that will be the proof of our faith. Despite the fact that many of us will be restricted in our physical movement, we can still show practical love to those around us. We are encouraging everyone at CtR to…

  • Think about who we could check in on via a phone call/Skype. This could be an old friend, a vulnerable person, or someone who might be on the fringes of our community.
  • Consider whether they could support our Foodbank. This could be through donating food, or volunteering on a Tuesday afternoon/Friday morning (depending on whether you are able to leave your home)
  • Check in with neighbours to see whether we can help with providing food/friendship. Particularly those most vulnerable or aged 70+.

Our hope in all things, is found in Jesus. He is the one who offers ultimate healing, and wants to meet us wherever we are. If nothing else, let’s use this season to put our trust in him, and learn to love him more deeply.

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

Blessings,

Christ the Rock leadership team

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