Message from the Pastor - 17th March
Dear friends, in light of the latest advice and guidance from the Government, NHS and the Baptist Union of Great Britain, and in light of the developing situation locally and nationally, the church leadership and I have decided to TEMPORARILY STOP ALL SERVICES, EVENTS AND GROUPS WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT. This includes our New Horizons Cafe. As with many other churches, we do not want to risk the health and wellbeing of the church family nor the community.
However, I shall be posting weekly talks, reflections, prayers and other content on our new ONLINE CHURCH page (see above), so that although we may be separate physically from one another, we still remain in community, and, of course, we still remain united in Christ. Furthermore, our Pastoral Team will operate throughout these coming weeks as best we can to provide support and care to our community.
Let me also encourage you, as your pastor, to be in Scripture and in prayer. Jesus is with us friends, and His Holy Spirit lives within us and amongst us. I am sure that we will all experience moments of worry, anxiety and fear, and some of us may well become poorly (may we be thankful to God for our NHS and all our excellent medical and support staff), but let us remember that we are the adopted daughters and sons of the living God, that we have life everlasting in our Saviour, that we have received new hope, new peace and new life because of Jesus. Remember that, as John says, the light of Christ shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:5, NLT). Let us, as Paul writes, be filled with the Holy Spriit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among ourselves, and making music to the Lord in our hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:18-20). Let us remember to love one another and serve one another just as Jesus loves and serves us (John 13), and may we know the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, and which guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7), for NOTHING can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39). Amen.
With every blessing in Christ.
Revd Christopher Brown.