Church News

In view of the COVID-19 Crisis and Government advice, the Church has cancelled all on site worship services, small group meetings and special events. Most of our meetings are still happening online, so you can still meet together apart!

February Financial report in Brief.
Total income: £8,299
Total expenditure: £14,346
Deficit: £6,047

Please:

1. Join us for the church service at 11am this Sunday, which until we are able to all meet together, will be held via “Zoom”. You can get the link to attend from your small group leader. We may be able to put the sermon online at a later date, so check the sermons page later this week.

2. Join us to pray together over the pandemic, wherever you are, at 8 pm every day

3. Join us every Monday 7.45pm at our weekly prayer meeting, via Zoom. Contact Pastor David or his wife for details.

4. Thank God that the government has laid out a roadmap to the easing of national lockdown. We pray for wisdom for the government to make good decisions to support schools, families, businesses and those who have lost their jobs.

5. Pray that as lockdown is eased slightly this week that people will act responsibly and adhere to social distancing rules to keep everyone safe.

6. Please pray for the COVID-19 vaccine situation in the UK and throughout the world. May the Lord bless the vaccine production so that there will be enough vaccine to go round especially to poorer countries.

7. Pray for the Alpha Course that is running again next Sunday 9:30-12. We pray for good attendance of (4 guests) despite clocks going forward and that the Holy Spirit will reveal Himself.

8. Offerings can be given by following this link: GIVING

“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him” Psalm 37:7

Tearfund and its Response to the Pandemic

Corona virus has changed the world – it’s changed all of us. But what it hasn’t changed is our faith in God and our calling to live as Jesus commands us. We continue to love our neighbours, pray and take action, both in our local communities and across the world. We go to where the need is greatest, as Jesus would do.

In some of the poorest countries life is already difficult. Many people are already struggling to get food and clean water, earn a daily wage and are at risk from sexual and gender-based violence. The impact of coronavirus and the lock-downs used to limit its spread are compounding the huge challenges people already face.

If we act quickly we can help reduce the spread of coronavirus and minimise the potential it has to destroy lives and livelihoods in the poorest countries.

How is Tearfund responding to the coronavirus pandemic?
For more than fifty years we’ve been responding to disasters, and we’ve learned lessons which are helping us respond now. Tearfund is responding to the coronavirus through our network of local church partners around the world. Together we are:

  • Constructing taps and water tanks, and distributing essential hygiene kits.
  • Delivering emergency aid to the most vulnerable people and their communities, so people who are unable to work to earn money for food don’t go hungry.
  • Helping to promote the right messages to prevent the spread of the virus (particularly around good hygiene and sanitation).
  • Helping our partners to correct any lies and misinformation about the disease which can undermine efforts to control coronavirus and make people more vulnerable.
  • Adapting our existing projects, such as feeding centres and emergency cash assistance programmes, using our existing networks and expertise to provide rapid assistance to those in greatest need.
  • Encouraging people to pray for an end to the outbreak. We pray with faith to our God ‘who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.’ (Ephesians 3:20)

We are also in close contact with other humanitarian organisations to ensure we are drawing on the experience of the wider community.

What is happening to the work Tearfund was doing before coronavirus?
We work in some of the world’s most challenging countries, such as Yemen and South Sudan, and are well versed in adapting our operations to serve and protect those most in need. We remain committed to going where the need is greatest, working with the local church and serving the most vulnerable people and their communities.

We are also reviewing how and where the pandemic will have the greatest impact in the countries where we work, tracking the science and listening to what local governments and partners are advising us. With this information, we are developing water, sanitation and hygiene programmes and livelihood activities to support the communities that we anticipate to be most affected.

What about the safety of Tearfund staff and partner organisations across the world?
The safety, health and well-being of staff, volunteers and the people we serve is Tearfund’s main priority. We are monitoring the pandemic closely, and following the advice of the UK government, World Health Organisation, Public Health England, and national governments in countries where we work.

We have issued guidance to our staff on how to manage the risks of living, working and travelling during the pandemic, whilst continuing with our programmes.

How can I best support Tearfund’s work today?
Since the start of the outbreak we’ve faced some difficult decisions, including postponing or cancelling events and opportunities to share stories of Tearfund’s work publicly. We are concerned about what happens if we receive fewer donations, and what effect this would have on people living in poverty.

We are doing all we can to make sure we can continue to follow Jesus where the need is greatest, bringing practical help and powerful hope to the most vulnerable people, just as we have been doing for over fifty years. This is only possible thanks to the prayers and gifts of people like you.

Your gifts will go towards vital prevention measures in the vulnerable communities we support, including essential hygiene and sanitation work, delivering emergency aid and food supplies as well helping our partners spread crucial prevention messaging.

Please give today to support our work during the coronavirus pandemic.

And alongside this we also have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reboot society and the economy in a fairer, more sustainable way. The church has a key role to play in living differently and calling for change. Find out more at www.tearfund.org/reboot