We want to give you an update on the COVID-19 situation and the impact it is having on our church community, here at St Faith’s. As you are probably aware, Prime Minister Scott Morrison made an announcement yesterday that indoor gatherings over one hundred people are now banned and our Archbishop Glenn Davies followed that announcement by declaring that all Sydney Anglican Church services are suspended until further notice. Obviously that impacts what we’re doing as a Church here at St Faith’s, and we wanted to touch base with everyone to let people know what we’re doing so that we might continue church, even if it looks a little bit different.
But, let’s turn to the Bible first.
We want to encourage everyone at this time to be fixing our eyes on Jesus and looking to him before anything else. In Revelation chapter one, Jesus talks with John, the author of Revelation, and he puts his hand on him and says, “Do not be afraid, I am the first and the last.” Jesus there is reminding him that He was there before the beginning of the world and he is going to be there after it ends, and he holds all of those things in his hands. He is in control both now and always. Obviously, at this time, we really need to remember that but Jesus goes on and builds on that. He says ‘I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades’. Jesus reminds us again that he is alive right now, that he is ruling and reigning, and that even though he was nailed to a cross and died, he defeated death and holds it in his hands; just like he holds this current situation in his hands right now as well. We need to be trusting Jesus particularly at this point and putting our faith and all of our hope in him because our world really needs that and we really need that too. And so we’re going to press forward confidently as a church, trusting in Jesus and remembering these truths.
One of the things we’re really excited about is that church is still going to happen, because it’s not a building but a people. We’re going to keep gathering together as God’s people, but it will be done a bit differently. We’ll be gathering together online!! Over the coming days you’ll be able to find all the necessary information on our website. It will have information about Gathering Online, Community Groups, and our Online Resources that we hope will serve to spur us on to keep trusting Jesus during this time. We are the body of Christ and we need to keep meeting together, even online, so we can continue to live for him and serve him in this world. It’s also important that we look out for each other at this time; we already have a bunch of people in self-isolation because they have flown in from overseas. So it is important that together we check in on each other, so that we can care for one another in whatever needs there may be.
So this weekend we’re going to be meeting with our community group leaders, and we’re going to be thinking together about our vision as a church - which hasn’t changed - but the strategies for achieving that vision are changing for a period of time. We’re really excited about what God might do with this time, in growing us individually, growing our Community Groups and growing our church family.
So we want to encourage you to stay connected at church. Stay connected on Facebook, via our website, and if you don’t receive email updates from us click on the “Stay Updated” button on our website. We want to do our best to keep you updated on what’s happening and how you can connect with other Christians at this time. As we said before, keep trusting in Christ - He is in control, He’s sitting on the throne, and we must remember these things and trust his sovereignty at this time.
Reach out to us if you need anything - we want to continue to love and serve you as the leaders of this community.
Take care, and God bless.
St Faith’s Ministry Team