Medway Elders letter on not meeting as a church in June 2020 because of COVID19
Dear Medway family
We applaud the President’s recent announcement that religious gatherings will be permitted under Level 3 and that churches are seen as part of essential services. This means that pastoral work can be done more freely and more people can be reached which we have been constrained from doing over the last few weeks.
The immediate question posed is whether or not we should commence group church meetings.
In this unprecedented time in world history, we have learnt that a good deal of wisdom, resourcefulness and resilience is required.
God intended that as church shepherds/leaders we look after the well-being of each church member – both spiritually and physically.
We as an Eldership feel it would be wise to continue in the current way of having online Sunday services, together with those who are able to have online Bible studies and multiple versions of one-to-one calls and messages. In light of the fact that the Western Cape at this time is the province having the highest infection rate and the most Corona deaths in the country, it is still too much of a risk for us to meet physically for regular services even though we would really like to. The risk is too high for many of our congregants and we do not wish for anyone to contract the Corona virus.
The decision to continue unchanged for now with the current level of stability attained will be reviewed as the situation improves. We will continue to monitor matters in the province and make further decisions over time as to the way forward and we will keep you updated and we will review the above decision in the last week of June.
The Bible encourages Christians to meet together regularly (as Hebrews 10:24-25 reminds us "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching"). Medway has made all efforts to live out this biblical principle, even in the current challenging time. There have even been opportunities to draw in more folks, for example with the online Bible studies. We thank you for being flexible during this time.
We therefore encourage everyone to continue taking part in the Sunday online services, as well as to join groups who are having regular Bible studies during the week. Contact Maurice in this regard. We will continue to be reaching out to each other on a one-to-one basis.
The President has called for a National day of prayer on Sunday 31 May. Use this time to pray as a family for our President and leaders and for our country as well as for a vaccine to be developed. It has been a difficult time for the President and we need to be praying much for him.
Please continue to be in prayer for God’s work at Medway and for much wisdom for the Elders as they make decisions on the way forward.
Pray also that the Lord will grow His church as He gives us opportunities to reach out to others.
Much love and blessings from the Medway Eldership