Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ.
I am writing to you in a period of great uncertainty. All of us know that the coronavirus is affecting everyone’s lives across the globe. It has now reached the stage in our own country where necessary restrictions are being put in place to stop unnecessary social contact. As of today the government has indicated that places of worship fall within these restrictions. The Baptist Union has now given guidance that churches should stop meeting on Sundays and at other times. In light of this it is with great sadness that I must inform you that all gatherings connected with Durham City Baptist Church are cancelled as of 12.00noon 17 March 2020.
The next step is to think of ways that we can keep in touch with each other. Modern technology will make this easier; however, some folk do not have access to such things, so we will have to ensure those in that position are kept in touch using other appropriate ways.
We are in a developing situation and I hope the deaconate along with all who are part of the fellowship will work together in creative ways to maintain the bond of fellowship we have in Christ.
The restrictions put pressure on us all, but more so on particular groups of people. As a church we must make sure that those who are being encouraged to self-isolate more rigorously are well supported. If anyone thinks that they might have time to do shopping for those people, or help in other ways please let me know. Those who are being asked to be more rigorous in separating themselves from others should not hesitate to contact the church if they are in need of help.
More information about how we as a church will respond to this new situation will be sent out as it becomes available. Please feel free to make suggestions to myself as to things that might be useful, in these interesting times.
I leave you with the words of Jesus.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Yours in Christ