We are living in unpredictable and somewhat unprecedented times. As a church family, we do not want to partner with fear but instead we what to act in faith to do what is right. So, in light of this weeks news and ever-evolving national picture (including lots of social media misinformation about the virus), I thought I’d share something that know about what’s happening at Calvary…
What you can do:
- There are hand sanitizers in the building and you are encouraged to use these.
- If you think you have got the virus, use the NHS 111 questionnaire online https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 and follow the advice given and stay home (that’s what most people do anyway. Truth be told, I’ve been told that healthy people skip church sometimes too 🙂
- Feel free not to kiss, embrace, or shake hands with anyone (I recommend the “fist bump” those young kids are doing. The optional “explosion” at the end is completely your call)
- Relax on the toilet paper stockpiling. If your garage is full of toilet roll after this is all over, you’re going to be the butt of some jokes.
- I’m thankful for the medical professionals that we have in our church. Pray for them. On that note .. I’m no doctor, but if you have ever been inside an Infant School you’re probably immune to any known disease or virus.
What Calvary is doing:
- We are having church as normal – 10:30 am at Great Oaks. We are monitoring the situation carefully but we can tell you now that we will continue to meet in the normal way unless a) enough people in our congregation fall ill or b) the school requests that we do not meet. We will keep you informed via email and text.
- Tomorrow we will disinfect all hand surfaces in the School, including all door handles and surfaces.
- In light of this crisis, I’ve asked our worship team to add, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” by Kelly Clarkson and “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi (although the line “take my hand we’ll make it I swear” might have to change to “Let’s fist bump …”) to the worship set. (I’m still waiting to hear back from them about this)
- Seriously, be wise and keep on living your life. If you want to come to Calvary on Sunday, we’ll all be there. You should be there as well.
What we should do together:
- I learnt today that the Chinese word for “crisis” literally translates as “danger opportunity”. This crisis could be an opportunity to deepen our own prayer-lives and help advance the Gospel as we reach out with compassion.