Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Responding to the challenges relating to the Coronavirus
17th March 2020
On Monday evening I shared in a very emotional Session meeting where it was agreed with great reluctance to suspend all church activities, including formal Sunday services for up to 12 weeks. This decision was taken in light of the Prime Minister’s statement earlier that day recommending that social gatherings be avoided, as well as the news that the over 70s and those with underlying health issues are being instructed to self-isolate. I want you to know how personally disappointed and sad I am that this decision had to be made.
Corporate worship ought to be a priority for every Christian. We are truly blessed in Cregagh to have a warm fellowship and the opportunity to worship without fear of persecution. It will be a difficult time for us, in the weeks that lie ahead, to see that part of our identity somewhat stolen from us. However, I want to assure you of the Kirk Session’s commitment to making every effort, while relying upon God’s grace, to holding our church family together at this challenging time. To that end either your elder or committee member will be in weekly telephone contact with you, checking in on how you are and if you need any practical assistance. This will also be an opportunity for you to share anything that you would like prayer for, as all necessary information will be passed back to me.
While I will not be conducting routine visitation during this period, having to avoid hospitals and nursing homes, I am still available for critical and emergency situations. If you need messages or practical help please do not hesitate to get in touch, likewise if you just want a chat give me a bell anytime, I would be more than happy to share in a yarn. During the time that lies in front of us I will be sending out a weekly update, which will include a Sunday devotional as well as prayer points and any important information. If you would like to receive this electronically please send an email to email@example.com giving your name and address.
Remember that while this situation is challenging and overwhelming, Jesus calls us to have a spirit of hope and not of fear. This will come to pass, and with prayer and reliance upon the power of God I am fully confident that as a church family, we will find ourselves at the other end of this situation stronger in faith and purpose Jesus said, ‘do not be afraid, just believe’. In times of loneliness or doubt remember that through your trust in the Lord Jesus, nothing will separate you from the love our Heavenly Father has for you, nor will anything break the fellowship you have with him through the work of the Holy Spirit.
“When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand”
Your friend and minister,
Rev. Edward McKenzie
Cregagh Presbyterian Church is an active and family friendly congregation in Belfast at the heart of the Community on the Cregagh Road, midway between a busy shopping area and a residential neighbourhood. We aim to ‘Love God and Love our Neighbour’ by being willing to hear God speak and serve Him obediently in our homes, in our work, in our leisure and in our community.
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All services suspended until further notice.
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