Update 21.03.2020

During this period of Covid19, we have set up an online digital hub at www.connectedtograce.com to act as a ‘one stop shop’ for all of our online service details and latest news – check it out.

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Update 21.03.2020

Going forward all of our main Sunday Services will be taking place online over on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/graceinthecommunity you are be very welcome to join us.

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Update 19.03.2020

Our Senior Pastor, Ray Evans, gives us an update on where we are as a church, what to look out for online in the days ahead and a personal encouragement to pray to our Father God in these uncertain times.

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Update 17.03.2020

Hi everyone,

We met this morning, as Elders and staff, to consider the implications of the latest Government announcement and how we can best continue to provide care and support to our church community and the wider local community.

It is clear from the latest advice that our Sunday meetings are no longer able to continue at the Addison for the foreseeable future. But we do have options available, which would enable us to all worship at the same time, in our homes, and even a level of fellowship together, apart! We will be in touch in the week to confirm how we’ll do this, and provide whatever support is needed to make this available to all.

Another implication is that we will no longer be able to meet together in our small Home Groups, but, again, there are ways that we can keep in touch and care for each other, and we’ll contact Home Group leaders to suggest how we can keep doing that. We would want these Home Groups to still be very much our primary source of support and care for each other, as they already are. If you are not in a Home Group, and would like to be, please contact Martin Salter.

After discussion, it was felt that sadly the government advice must also apply to all our other children’s and community groups and activities, with immediate effect, the only exception being the Foodbank, which will continue, with appropriate measures in place. Again, Team leaders will be in touch to talk through how we manage care and support for teams and their ministries.

We recognise that this is very sad and will be really difficult for many people, but necessary in order to serve the wider goal of keeping people safe and allowing the NHS to cope. Let’s continue to pray for those impacted by the virus and all carers.

For us, as Christian believers, we take seriously that we should listen to and heed those whom God has placed in authority over us, so let’s keep praying for our leaders too, nationally and locally.

We know that our heavenly Father has a particular heart for the weak and needy, and we want to show that, both within the church family and the wider community.

Within the fellowship, our leaders and staff are putting plans in place, so that we are able to keep in contact with one another and give and receive care, more details of this will follow soon.

We are also very aware that many of those around us don’t have the same community of support, so we will look for ways to bring that to them. We can all model neighbourly love, in lots of practical ways and again, we will be in touch separately to talk about how we might go about that.

This is a humbling time for us and for all the nations around the world, but we know that in everything, God is in control, working his purposes out, so let’s be looking out for gospel opportunities, to be both sensitive and bold (Acts 2:31), also remembering in Acts 8 where the church were scattered, but preached the word wherever they went. In the midst of darkness and confusion, let’s point people to Jesus, who said ‘I am the Light of the world’ (John 9:5).

Our anxieties will be around those close to us, that we love dearly, and heaven understands this. Our reading, as we met this morning, was from 1 Peter 5 where God’s people are encouraged to ‘humble yourselves therefore under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you’. We want to assure you that you are very much in our prayers and that we will be keeping in contact and caring for everyone.

Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with any of the elders or staff, to talk through your worries and concerns, as this touches all of us, our friends, family, lives and livelihoods.

With warmest love and confidence, that our heavenly Father loves us in Christ, and he will not let us go! We are safe in the everlasting arms.

The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you all.

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Update: 16.03.2020

Hi everyone,

Most people will probably have seen or heard the latest Government announcement this evening, advising everyone to avoid non-essential social contact and travel, and realised that this will have big implications for us as a church, as well as for the whole nation.

Tomorrow morning Grace Community Church leadership team will meet together to discuss what this will mean for us, and particularly how we can go about supporting and caring for our church community, as well as the wider local community, as best we can.

So, we will get back to you again tomorrow, with much more detail about the implications and how we can care for each other, in practical and immediate ways. We would ask for your ongoing prayers, please, for wisdom, patience and great grace, to love people well and hold out the light of the gospel in uncertain and difficult times.

We rest on God, our shield and our defender, and trust that ultimately He is in control.

Thank you for your prayers,
Grace Community Church

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Coronavirus update – urgent and important! 14.03.2020

Hi everyone,

The Government and Public Health England are now asking people to self-isolate, that is stay at home, if they have got symptoms of mild upper respiratory tract infection (sore throat), NEW persistent cough or fever.

So, from this Sunday 15th March onwards, for all church activities, Sunday and midweek, including home groups, kids groups etc, we would ask everyone, adult or children, with these symptoms to follow this advice and NOT attend Grace Community Church activities please.

For now, we will be meeting as usual on Sundays at 9.15/11.15am and 6pm, but you will notice changes to the meeting, to reduce the risk of infection being transferred.

We are also doing everything that we can to make Live-Streaming of our meetings available on Sunday. If we are able to do this, we will send a further email with instructions and the necessary link and support to take advantage of this.

We are very aware that the situation is concerning for many, especially the vulnerable and isolated. If you have worries, or need help, please contact Chris Atkinson and we will look to offer whatever assistance we are able. As a church, we are planning now, so that as things develop, we can make sure that support is in place to look after each other, particularly those who are on their own or at risk.

The govt is saying this is not a short-term thing, it is going to go on for weeks, so let’s be praying for all our NHS and Care workers, hospitals, doctors, friends, neighbours and family, that we will be ready and willing to look after each other.

We will keep you updated as regards the impact on Grace Community Church, as we all keep alert for the latest govt advice and support, available at Public Health England.

It’s great that we’ve been reminded over the last few weeks in Joshua to ‘be strong and courageous… for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’ Joshua 1:9

We are endeavouring to contact everyone, but would appreciate it if you could also help make sure that others are aware of this latest development, thank you.

Thanks,

Elders and Deacons
Grace Community Church