Coronavirus Update

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Dear All,

We are now in the fourth week of the UK lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. At this moment in time none of us quite knows how long this current situation will go on for nor do we know how the country will transition back into a more normal rhythm of life.

As Elders we are continuing to pray for all of you, in particular your continued physical health and well-being during these most challenging of times. We are also praying for all those in authority who are having to make incredibly difficult decisions as well as for our NHS and the many volunteers/key workers who are doing such an amazing job.

Whilst we have suspended all our actual meetings I am grateful for the teams of people who have been working hard over these last weeks to enable church life to continue albeit virtually. I hope you have found all that we have been providing through Hope Online, Hope Kids, our youth work, etc. encouraging. I know it is not the same as being together but I trust you have found it helpful in keeping connected.

We will be continuing to keep you all updated with what is happening over the coming days and weeks so please keep checking online for updates including prayer requests.

You will remember I recently quoted another Newfrontiers church leader who said, “For years, the church in the West has measured its health by the number of people it gathers on a Sunday. Jesus’ barometer of health was different. Do you love one another? In the coming months, with all that we are facing, we’ll need to re-discover what this really means.”

Through Hope Care we have been working to put in place way a way we can practically show the love of God. If you or someone you know is need of help or support please contact us at care@hopewinchester.org. I also want to encourage us all to keep in touch with those around us.

These days may be challenging but they also give us opportunities for the gospel. I am trusting that God will open doors for many to be able to explore questions they have about faith through our online Alpha.

Thanks for all your love and continued support. Please continue to seek God and pray for the church.

With much love and grace,

Steve Chick
On behalf of all the Elders