Coronavirus

Our latest response

Updated 18 March, 9pm

We want to say a big thank you for your support, encouragement and actions over the last few days.

In light of recent advice from the government about COVID-19, we have made a number of decisions about what we are doing as a church at this time. Please watch this video from Andy and Odele to hear the latest update.

We have taken the decision to cancel all church gatherings, meetings and programmes that happen in person until further notice. 

We are instead creating new ways and spaces to be gathered and scattered church together:

Sunday Gathering
We will offer a space to gather online each Sunday at 11am. Further details about how we’re doing this will be updated here soon.

Weekly Prayer
We are going to meet weekly online to pray. This will be tomorrow (Thursday 19 March) between 7-8pm via ZOOM and every Wednesday as of next week at 7:30pm.

Zoom details:
https://zoom.us/j/161136986
Meeting ID: 161 136 986

Communities
Our Communities will be so important in this season. We’re encouraging you to meet online, or in a safe way outside.
If you’re not currently in a Community then please let us know so we can connect you in.

Pastoral Care
We obviously want to care for our church family and surrounding community really well. We are working on a ‘pastoral buddies’ set up for the most vulnerable in our community to have someone personally regularly connecting remotely and providing support where possible.

Communication
We’re aiming to continue to send out Central Weekly every Friday, and we’ll keep our website updated with any extra info.

Other opportunities
We’re thinking of new creative ways in which we can help and support you to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our city at this time. Watch this space!

We also wanted to let you know that the Elders have decided to hit pause with the Vacancy Team and Senior Pastor recruitment for now.

In our Rooted passage today we read, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22). The next few weeks and indeed months will be about focusing on such simple and deeply profound truths. Let’s not worry but keep committing this situation, our world and our church family into God’s care. Jesus said that we are to have peace as he has overcome the world! What a powerful and reassuring claim.

This is unquestionably a chance for the Church to step up and be the beautiful bride of Christ we were called to be. Let’s consider how we look out for the socially isolated, the elderly and the vulnerable in particular. As communities, families and individuals we are the hands and feet of Jesus across this city.

Central Leadership Team

 

 

Central's Covid -19 Guidance & Policy