Update from the leadership team – 19 May

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Many of you, having seen the recent government announcements about the timetable to ease lockdown restrictions, have been wondering what that means for us, and for our Sunday gatherings. Firstly ,we want you to know that we too are looking forward to the day when we can gather as a family once again, we miss you!

We are seeking to follow the government’s guidance, and so our actions will depend upon  their instructions and advice. For the foreseeable future we will be continuing to livestream on Sunday mornings, as this is still the best way that most of us can share in some kind of worship, teaching and connection. And, even after lockdown ends, we will continue with live-streaming, to enable the greatest level of connection with the whole church family that we can. We will not seek to open the Hoole Lighthouse Centre until we are certain it is safe to do so.

Just to be clear, although we know the government have mentioned the beginning of July as a time when some venues will begin opening again, we  expect that to be under strict social distancing measures, which would make trying to gather the whole church impossible. We don’t think we will be gathering as a whole church until probably much later in the year, but this may change as the government advises us. There maybe some opportunities for Missional Communities to gather but this will need further exploration throughout June and early July.

God still has much to teach us in this season and as a whole church we should be trying to discern all that we need to learn together.

The Missional Communities are continuing to meet online primarily via zoom supported by WhatsApp group chat, texting and telephone calls. The leadership team are hugely encouraged at the way members of the Missional Communities have been caring for each other so incredibly well; thank you. If you don’t belong to a Missional Community then we would really encourage you to consider joining one of them; moving forward these communities will continue to be vital to the ways we shall express church life in the coming months and throughout the rest of 2020.

We are also deeply thankful for the generosity being expressed across our church family at this time, in acts of kindness, care volunteering and financially. To see the setting up of the Crossroads Community Hub in the New Church building and for HBC Chester to be asked to be the lead partner demonstrates how God is still at work, the use of this building by HBC has been on our hearts for the past 18 months and now we are using it and seeing many seeds being sown for the good news of the gospel to grow and flourish.

Finally, we want to encourage you to keep making prayer a priority, and if possible, to join us as we continued our theme of Amplified in this month of Prayer, later this week we shall link in with Thy Kingdom Come, the global and national 10 days of prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost Sunday, look out for some extra resources to help you as well as our continued journey on the Prayer Course (contact us if you want to join this via Zoom).

The leaders and staff team are keen for the day to come when this season of restrictions is passed. Until then, we want you to know that we are praying for each of you, and we’re sure that our Heavenly Father will use this season to work for our ultimate good.

God bless you.

Andy & Sue x

This was posted on 19 May 2020.