Friday, 07 August 2020

Coronavirus Update – 9 April 2020

Greetings from the Provincial Board!

A few weeks ago, the Provincial Board wrote to all congregations and ministers regarding the decision to ask all congregations to suspend all regular Church activities, including Sunday and midweek worship until Easter. Due to developments in government advice we will be continuing with this suspension until further notice. Church House continues to be closed, and members of the Church House Staff are working from home where possible.

As we have already said, now more than ever it is essential to remember that even if we cannot meet together physically, we still remain committed to one another as Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

We have heard of many examples of fellowship being continued in the virtual world or online, and the continued efforts of maintaining links and fellowship with our ecumenical partners. We are encouraged by all that you are doing and commend you to continue, especially as we are currently discerning new and exciting ways of being Church. The Church has been commissioned to respond to the needs of society, and it is a privilege to see how the Holy Spirit is leading us and will manifest into the future.

However, we do not underestimate the challenges in these difficult days. Our history and heritage remind us that, although the particular circumstances are different, we have overcome challenges before. Let us lift all our key workers, decision makers and all in authority in prayer. We also continue to pray for the most vulnerable in our society that they may know God’s comfort.

As this situation continues, we again encourage good stewardship, asking everyone to maintain their financial giving. We are sure that each congregation has already discussed how best they can manage both their finances and buildings but would like to assure you of the continued support of the Provincial Board.

As we journey through these remaining days of Lent on into Easter, we are again reminded that God remains with us: guiding and guarding, encouraging and supporting, weeping and rejoicing with us every step.

Yours in Christ’s Service,
Sr Roberta Hoey
On behalf of the Provincial Board

Coronavirus Update - 17 March 2020

Greetings from the Provincial Board.

Further to our previous correspondence we have been monitoring Government advice and the developments in the Covid-19 pandemic. We are acutely aware that this is a very difficult time, and in many ways, we are in unchartered territory.

Being very mindful of our pastoral concern for one another we have decided to suspend all regular Church activities immediately, and this includes Sunday (and midweek) worship. We ask that you cancel any rentals and outside organisations from using your premises.  We imagine that this suspension will remain in place until at least Easter, but we will review this position regularly and update you.

Now more than ever it is essential to remember that even if we cannot meet together physically, that we still remain Church, committed to one another as Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

The Provincial Board, along with all of our ministers, will be working to engage and keep connected with you in your local communities and at a Provincial level. A suite of resources will be made available in the coming week to help you continue your ministry in many different ways.

Church House in London will close, initially for a period of two weeks. This will also be reviewed. However, we will still be working remotely to carry on with the essential day to day business.

We ask that you encourage good stewardship and giving as our congregations enter into a time of financial uncertainty. This could be done in various ways such as direct debit or posting envelopes to the treasurer, or a designated person.

However, more than anything, we urge you to maintain and strengthen your existing relationships within your congregation, your ecumenical partners and further afield. Intentionally reach out to all those around you who may be feeling very anxious and vulnerable.

The Moravian Church has often been challenged to reach beyond herself, to pioneer and find new ways of being a community of faith in all sorts of difficult circumstances. As we journey through the last days Lent together, let us concentrate on the context we are now living in, with focus and renewed hope in the Resurrection.

Yours in Christ’s Service

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Church House is the Headquarters of the Moravian Church in the British Province and is located in London at:
Moravian Church House, 

5 Muswell Hill, 
London 
N103TJ

Email:

office@moravian.org.uk

Tel:

020 8883 3409

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