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 We are a community who meet right in the heart of Portslade's Old Village.

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We have had some updates from Baptist Union, and I place below their recommendations. However as a leadership and with the new lockdown restrictions coming into place, We as a leadership and in consideration of having a secure place to worship, inform the church that our next church service as planned for 17th January,will go ahead; and prayerfully will continue with a worship service twice monthly, but revising this position weekly, all other services and activities announced in the bulletin will have to be cancelled. Meanwhile we will have zoom services on the other Sundays at 3pm.

We will continue to look at the situation weekly but there are many like me who believe that the church is a safer place than supermarkets, schools and universities, garden centres and attending premier football marches. We identify with our local community in this lockdown but the spiritual health of our people is an ongoing concern. 

We have adequate spacing for seating and other measures in our church for people to be safe, and feel safe. I believe that we are secure and safe in Gods House. However, just to remember we are obeying the government rules.

I have listened to doctors and nurses in the NHS and as a pastor I know a little of the pressures that they face and I have sat with grieving families too. In this world in which we live, this virus is a serious problem for many people and is very real.

We need to pray that this vaccine can be distributed as quickly as possible by the doctors meaning living with a less virulent form of this virus as with others in the covid-virus family.

Revd. David M Meikle/ Deacons and Elder.

Advice and appeal from Baptist Union. As a free church movement Baptists have long resisted government control of church gatherings, insisting on gathering to worship despite persecution and threat. We have been strengthened in this resolve of ‘not neglecting to meet together’ (Hebrews 10:25), through the writings of the early churches.
So what is different now? The government still legally allows us to attend worship in our buildings, yet we are suggesting a temporary abstention from doing so. Some, we know will already be doing this, others may need a little more explanation or convincing. 
This virus is not itself an experience of persecution as it is contracted by both people of faith and none. Our freedoms to worship and to witness have not been threatened, and indeed they are as important as ever, though they may again require imagination and fresh insight. This we share with and will continue to monitor closely alongside our other ecumenical church partners. 
Our freedom must always be held in tension with love. As Christians, we have always had something profound to say about the nature of sacrifice and selflessness. At this time when our society is speaking and relearning the language of laying down their life for their friends, it would be deeply ironic if we put our own need to worship in person before the common good. We are listening to the experiences of church members who work in hospitals and healthcare. In the sacrifice of losing a Sunday gathering, we believe, we join with our communities to ease the strain on the NHS and save the lives of friends and strangers.
More than this, to quote the apostle Paul, we also must not let something that we 'know is good be spoken of as evil' (Romans 14). If our church services continue in our buildings and in person, and this in turn causes the virus to spread, this greatly damages our witness to the gospel of Christ. For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 
However, whilst not a matter of persecution, this harrowing disease does discriminate against the most vulnerable and marginalised in our society and risks leaving even the healthiest of people with complex long term side effects. These are the people who have always been at the centre of the teaching and practice of Jesus, and they must now be foremost in the minds of the community of faith. We will continue our work to stay alert to the justice issues that Covid exposes and that Covid is used to cover up.
We know that ceasing to meet together is a sacrifice, and for those who already feel isolated this is a huge ask. We honour you and your love as you preach the gospel in this way.
 
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

  

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