As we move towards the winter months there is every indication that the Covid restrictions are only going to get tighter. In view of this I want to encourage us all to keep focussing on what we can do rather than what we can’t do. I know there is a weariness with online meetings which can feel overwhelming at times, especially Zoom. Yet let’s not lose heart. If we are growing weary, let’s take Jesus up on his offer, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Despite the challenges there are many things that we are not restricted from doing.
All of us can continue to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. All of us can fix our eyes on Jesus. All of us can be filled every day with the Spirit. Only as we do this can we show God’s love to those around us. All of us can find ways of connecting with others.
Even though we all miss being together on Sundays at the MBC and in Kings Worthy we are still able to gather in smaller groups. Whilst the Government’s ‘rule of six’ may yet change, Jesus’ ‘rule of two or three’ (Matthew 18:20) won’t! In the smallest group of people that can gather in his name Jesus promises he will be present. When we meet with other believers we are being church.
We are still encouraging small distinct groups of people to use the MBC whilst complying with government guidance. Currently the youth, our students, some small groups and Freedom in Christ, are using the MBC for gatherings of up to around 30 people.
Let’s continue to be creative in doing things we are allowed to do at the moment and take initiative with those around us both inside and outside the church.
I am so grateful to God for each and every one of you.
With much love and grace