Dear Friends in Christ.
Grace and Peace to you in Christ Jesus.
Following the government announcement and the Diocesan guidelines in returning to the red stage, we will put on hold our services, commencing December 26th. Services for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will proceed as scheduled. Thereafter only a maximum of ten people will be permitted for the purposes of livestreaming and/or recording, and those providing essential outreach ministry.
The news about the lockdown can cause fear and anxiety, and most of us will be spending this Christmas away from family and friends. While we find ourselves in difficult times, we rejoice in the virgin birth to a son whose name is Immanuel (which means God is with us).
Psalm 46:1 also reminds us that God is our refuge and strength, our ever present help in the time of need. These words remind us that there's hope for us and that we can be strong and courageous because the Lord our God is with us.
Therefore friends, it is my hope and prayer that we spend this time to seek and connect with God. I also pray that we'll not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, we will present our requests to God through prayers, petition and thanksgiving, and that God's peace which transcends all understanding, will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.