COVID-19 – An update from Rev Phil
If we’re honest, we all expected Monday’s announcement, and many of us would have called for it to be sooner than it was, but even so, it doesn’t make it any easier to swallow. For many, another lockdown means more heartache; pain; loneliness; and a deeper slide into poor mental health. This is the time that we most need community, this is the time we most need God’s loving arms.
Last night the leadership team sat down and wrestled with our response to this new lockdown. The law permits us to continue to meet, but we feel the bigger question is: Should we? As we have a duty of care to all, we need to take a step back and attempt to see the bigger picture. The government’s response on Monday was to the increased amounts of deaths as well as positive tests, this is at an all time high, disturbing enough to call the whole country to a halt. Their response was to try and protect the British people. And so we feel that our response is to do the same, in a way of protecting our people we have decided (with heavy hearts) to close our doors again and revert back to our online presence.
As we move forward as a church through yet another lockdown, we want to support you as much as we can through our services, micro communities (if you don’t know what these are please get in touch), our new 30min prayer meetings on a Tuesday evening via Zoom, bible studies and at the end of this month we will be running a new Alpha course on Wednesday evenings again on Zoom. Although none of this is as good as the real thing, we ask you, where possible, to attend and get involved.
Back in March last year we thought this was going to be a short blip, yet it has proved to be anything other, and so we as a church need to admit this and stand firm. In the book of Hebrews chapter 10 the writer is talking about the hardships of life and commends his readers in v35-38 to trust in the Lord and hold firm:
So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
“For in just a little while,
the Coming One will come and not delay.
And my righteous ones will live by faith.
But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.”
Again we as the leadership of FOBC thank you for your continuing support, and again say that if there is any way that we can support you in the coming days ahead, please ask.
Yours in Him
Rev Phil Wilks and the leadership team of Four Oaks Baptist Church