Latest response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak (17 March 2020)

In light of the most recent Government advice on ‘social distancing’ we have decided to stop all group meetings, including Sunday services, with immediate effect, with the exception of Foodbank. It is important to be aware that in doing this we are following the call of Jesus to love one another in seeking to protect the vulnerable amongst our neighbours.

This does not mean that church is stopping. As we often say: church is people not buildings or meetings. Now is a wonderful opportunity for us to demonstrate love and care for one another and the community. I have been really encouraged hearing how this is already happening.

Staying connected

We are also planning to move more online, for example:

  • We will have the first of our on-line Sunday talks from David this week. We encourage you to join the TBC Facebook group
  • Mike and Charlotte will be in regular contact with our Children and Youth Groups
  • Sally and Hev will be in regular contact with Families
  • David will be in regular contact with Small Groups
  • You can contact us via e-mail or phone with any care needs or offers of help
Most importantly we need watch out for one another and neighbours.
This is the PCC plan:

P: Pray for God’s protection and for an outpouring of his love. Pray that the church will be full of hope and faith. Pray that through this tough time we will see God’s kingdom come.

C: Contact one another. Call, email, skype, WhatsApp, Facebook the list is endless. Remember those who find themselves on their own and get in touch.

C: Care for one another. If you are able to offer assistance, shopping etc, please contact the office.

Finally, we should remember these words from the apostle Paul:

Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Thornbury Baptist Church, 17 Mar 2020

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