Coronavirus Update

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Updated: 27/03/2020  22:36


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A message from Rev. David Bracken:

At the risk of sounding repetitive, I am writing this email in response to the current situation regarding the Coronavirus. I am mindful as I am sure many of us are that the total number of diagnosed cases continues to rise. I am aware that this news may cause worry and anxiety. Especially with constant updates and conversation regarding the virus.

In the midst of concern, let us not panic but keep our eyes on Jesus. Nothing comes as a surprise to God. He who kept Israel in the desert for 40 years can keep us.

As I write this, I am reminded of what God spoke through the prophet Isaiah to His people Israel when He said,

"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Saviour".

Though this was spoken to Israel, it is equally applicable to us who God has purchased through His Son Jesus. He who has redeemed us by Christ, will keep us in Christ. He who has redeemed us from this world, will keep us and see us through whatever may face us in life's journey. As the text says, He will see us through whatever we go through. Just as Jesus also said in John 17,

"I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one".

Let us put our trust and faith in God who alone is unchanging, who is the same, yesterday, today and forever (Psm 102:27, Dan 7:14 Heb 13:8). Who alone is our Rock.

Let us be praying for one another and our community and especially for those most vulnerable and for those who have contracted the disease as well as for the health services that are working around the clock. Where we can let us be on hand to help one another, look out for one another and do whatever we can to help serve our community. In all that we do let us do it as unto the Lord Jesus Christ who we serve.

Also, let us be mindful to follow the advice of the health professionals and keep up good hygiene. I would advise checking the NHS website and GOV.UK website for updates on the ever changing situation. I have attached documents (some of this information is already dated but still relevant) sent by the WRU regarding procedures based largely on information found on the NHS website.

 

Basic advice:

1. Please ensure that you are washing hands thoroughly on a regular basis and if coughing, using a tissue and discarding it shortly afterwards.

2. If you feel you may have symptoms (or any sickness) take appropriate action and heed the advice of the medical profession.

3. If you have access to the internet, then by all means look for a service online or go to YouTube and listen to a worship service or sermon, spend time in prayer and bible reading, and keep in touch with one another over the phone, being especially mindful of those who are more at risk or worried among us.

4. Let us act wisely in the eyes of God, and not react hastily in the current climate. These are mere suggestions based largely on the advice many other churches are given to their congregants and I feel only right that we do the same. Consider what I have said prayerfully and may the Lord give you peace.

 

May God richly bless you all,

David


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