17th March - by Caz B

Here’s some of the things we’re doing as a Senior Leadership Team during this time.

TRUSTING GOD

The Lord remains our refuge and strength, “an ever-present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). To trust in the Lord amid trouble is to experience and bear witness to the power of Christ.

PRAYING

We continue to seek God for wisdom and grace. We pray for the sick and the scared, for the isolated and the vulnerable, for our government and all those making difficult decisions, for public health officials, for our amazing NHS staff, doctors and nurses and all those working on the front lines, for researchers, and for caregivers, for our neighbours, for each one of you, for each other.

STAYING INFORMED

The media is inundated with daily updates and it’s impossible to read, absorb and respond to every news report or latest rumor. We’re following a reliable, credible list of local and national information sources for educational, planning and management purposes.

PREPARING

We’re also doing the following:

  • meeting regularly to review all of our efforts in response to COVID-19.
  • adjusting our weekend services to be solely online until further notice
  • evaluating the most effective ways to remain connected
  • committing to transparent and regular updates, as well as encouragement, exhortation and comfort, via all means available to us
  • reviewing all of our communication practices with our church family and implementing appropriate channels of communication

RESOURCES

We’re creating a list of useful resources including around helping you guide conversations with your child(ren) to support them navigating this season.

Here are some ways you could respond

  • Please join us in prayer.
  • Practice the recommended personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently, self-isolate as required, stay home from public functions if you are sick.
  • Reflect on how you could best make use of any additional time you might have. Be intentional in establishing new rhythms – reading, prayer, worship, rest, sleep, exercise. Make gratitude and praise a daily practice.
  • Reach out to others both within and outside of the Church community as you are able. Perhaps take this opportunity to reconnect & encourage by text, email or dare we say it, a handwritten letter!
  • Follow us on social media, join a life group, join our online service and share these opportunities with others.
  • We would love to hear from you! Please email us with any ideas you have about how we can live and love well during this season – connect@hopechurchnottingham.org