As Christmas draws near we are reminded that God is with us (Emmanuel).
â€œThe Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighbourhood.â€
(John 1: 14 MSG)
No matter where we find ourselves, no matter if we are together or apart â€“ God is with us.
â€œThere is nothing in all creation
that will ever be able to separate us
from the love of God which is ours through
Christ Jesus our Lord.â€
(Romans 8: 39b GNB)
As you are no doubt aware, we are in the midst of the â€œsecond waveâ€ of COVID-19 infections and we have to be extra careful to ensure the safety of all people. Our Healthcare system is under severe pressure and we have to flatten the curve as we did earlier this year.
It is essential that we avoid gathering together at this stage and that, if we do, we only gather with close family under very strict safety protocols. We must also ensure that we wear masks covering our nose and mouth at all time whilst in public, wash or sanitise our hands regularly, and keep at least 1.5 metres apart at all times.
I realise that this poses a great challenge, especially at this time of the year, but small sacrifices now will prevent a lot of unnecessary hardship later.
To this end, our Synod COVID Task Team has called for the closure of all â€œin personâ€ worship services for 6 weeks, until and including Sunday 24 January 2021.
A copy of the Bishop’s letter is attached. If you are unable to read it, please contact the church office for a copy.
This means that, for this period, we will be reverting to online services only.
The services will go live on YouTube <https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt5aW2PctEXyA6GEi0B0hPw> and Facebook <https://www.facebook.com/BergvlietMethodistChurch> at 09h00 every Sunday and 08h00 on Christmas Day but can be viewed at any time after that.
Please spread the word, especially about our Christmas Day service which is usually attended by many who donâ€™t worship regularly.
Amid all the upheaval and uncertainty, may you experience the light, hope, peace, joy, and love of God this Christmas season.
Grace & Peace