All Saints Covid-19 Update

PRAY AND SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER

The session wants to communicate our deep love and care for you all as coronavirus is having more of an impact on our nation. We also want to encourage you to keep your eyes fixed upon our mighty and good God who is our Rock (Psalm 46:1) and to pray that the Lord might use even this virus for His glory, the good of His church and the eternal good of many souls (Romans 8:28).

We would also like to encourage you that this is a unique opportunity for us to love and support each other by keeping in close contact with one another by phone and through electronic means (text, WhatsApp, Skype, FaceTime, etc.). Below is some brief guidance on coronavirus particularly as it pertains to us as a church.

Under the circumstances, it is VERY IMPORTANT that we ALL pray (for each other, for the lost for revival) and keep in contact with one another through electronic means to support one another spiritually and emotionally. We need to see this as all of our responsibility. Please be proactive about this. If you think of someone else in the congregation take time to quickly text them or phone them etc. This is a unique opportunity for us all to grow in fellowship and bearing one another’s burdens!

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)

  • Be Hygienic
    • Continue to practice strict hygiene and thorough hand washing (at least 20sec.)
    • Minimise touching of others and of face
  • Self-isolate
    • If vulnerable: If you are particularly vulnerable to the virus because of age or pre-existing conditions.
    • LIVESTREAMING of services will be available from this Lord’s Day 22/03/20 (specific instructions will be sent by email later in the week). See information below (page 3) on how to join us for the Prayer meeting by
    • Please follow government advice on when to self-isolate.
  • Avoid Unnecessary Social Contact (Physically)
    • The information on the next page is from the government’s guidance on social distancing. You can find the fuller guidance here.
    • VERY IMPORTANT: It is very important that we all do to our part to help control the spread of the virus. The great danger is that we unknowingly carry it to others – particularly the more vulnerable and the measures the government is advising only work if we all do our part and reduce unnecessary physical gathering and contact with others.
    • HOWEVER: This means we ALL need to be much more intentional about keeping in contact with each other via phone, text, WhatsApp and other electronic means.
  • Communicate
    • Contact Benjamin Wontrop as minister of pastoral care:
      • If in need: vulnerable, concerned, isolated or otherwise in need of prayer
      • If able to help: There are things we will potentially need to do for one another like food dropped outside your door if you are self-isolating.
    • Communication to you: The elders will be regularly communicating with you personally and through email about how coronavirus will affect the church.

What is social distancing?

Fuller government advice here.

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible.
  3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information.
  4. Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs.
  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
  6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic. We strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you:

  1. Are over 70
  2. Have an underlying health condition
  3. Are pregnant

This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.

The Prayer Meeting by Skype

The prayer meeting will be via Skype. This is to try help reduce the spread of the virus as it is easy to unknowingly pass it on through contact with others. This is one way that we are trying to love one another at this time.

We already have a Skype group set up. to join it click here.

If you need help getting Skype please feel free to phone Benjamin Wontrop on 07415 812877.

Practical note: when you are not giving a prayer request or praying please mute your microphone. Again this can be done with a button at the bottom of the screen.