Coronavirus and the Church
We are mindful of the particular vulnerability of many in our congregation and in the wider community and will do all we can to protect them. We are a family of brothers and sisters in Christ and will conduct ourselves accordingly, showing Love, Care and Kindness to all
.Yes, our Chapel building is closed because of this virus threat, BUT that does not mean our Church is closed!! The fellowship of believers, is our church. And we continue to worship and pray together. We have started a Facebook page ,to see this go to https://www.facebook.com/.carletonrodebc/.
At our morning service on March 15th Lynne Connell, was the visiting minister and she drew our attention to Psalm 91.
"1.Those who live in the shelter of the Most High, will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him"
Please check your bibles for the complete chapter.
Other Bible passages which you might find useful to reflect on are listed below:
"For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you. Do not fear; I will help you." ( Isaiah 41:13
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear" (Psalm 46:1-2)
"The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1)
There are very comprehensive Bible Apps which you might find useful and you can download them from the websites shown below:
https://www.youversion.com/products/. This one lets you download different versions of the Bible, and also do Bible study plans.
Another is "The Discovery Bible App for Android and iPhone. This one allows discipleship groups to explore the Bible for themselves. Find it on https://discoverapp.org/.
Now that the Church building is closed for Sunday services, there is also a way to watch a Sunday service on your television, see below.
Revelation TV at 10.30 am and
repeated again at 8.30 pm every Sunday.
There is also a Bible study programme which is shown every Monday at 9pm
You can watch Revelation TV in the following ways:
SKY GUIDE 581
If you have a tablet you can download the App.
If you have a computer you can google RTV and it will come up.
You can catch up with previous programmes on your tablet or computer.
Another useful article is copied below. It is a letter sent from Christian workers in WUHAN and contains their advice to us in the light of their experience of coping with this virus threat.
.WISDOM FROM WUHAN - CHRISTIAN WORKERS SEND THE
"Since we've been at this so long, people have asked what advice we can offer. What would we have stocked up on, if we knew then what we know now.
The first things we tried to stock up on were sanitizer, masks, and disinfectant. HOWEVER, if you're in quarantine, you don't need much of those things. If you're not out among the public, you don't need to obsess about cleaning. All we use now are our masks when we go out and good soap/warm water on our hands when we get back. We haven't used sanitizer in weeks.
Toilet paper has never been an issue. TP = not a problem.
What would I have stocked up on first? Coffee. I can fast from food like nobody's business, but my day doesn't work very well without coffee.
Next: raw staples from which to cook. Don't waste your space (or your health) on processed foods. If you are preparing to be stuck indoors, buy things you can build meals from - flour, rice, sugar, butter, salt, dried beans, dried nuts/fruits, meat, etc.
And folks, that's it. The list is short, and it's common sense.
Wuhan is re-emerging. Some nearby communities have reported opening soon or have already opened temporarily. We feel our restrictions will be lightened soon.
We are living with GREAT HOPE here in Wuhan, and we have great hope for you, too. You are praying for us, and we are praying for you.
When you want to react, panic, stock up, and worry, remember this offer from your Maker:
"DO NOT BE ANXIOUS about anything, but in EVERY situation, by PRAYER and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to GOD. And the PEACE of God, which transcends all understanding, will GUARD your HEARTS and your MINDS in Christ Jesus". - Philippians 4:6-7
(Edgar & Rebecca Franks)