Statements Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
from Central Vineyard
Central Vineyard is committed to ensuring the health of our church family and especially the most vulnerable in our community.
Update – Tuesday 17th March 2020
Based on the latest government guidance we recognise it is no longer possible to gather physically, so we have taken the difficult decision to suspend all church gatherings until further notice. This will include Sunday gatherings and all mid-week activities.
We are working hard to develop some creative ways to stay connected while we are not able to meet in homes or our Sunday locations. If you are a group or ministry leader, we will be in touch with how we plan to do that as soon as possible.
Please stay connected via social media, email or our website for our most up to date information.
With much love
Steve & Tammy
Our practical response is to stay hygienic, follow advice and self-isolate if necessary.
In response to NHS and Public Health advice and guidance from Vineyard Churches UK and Ireland we ask that:
- Should you or an immediate family member show signs of the main symptoms that you would please not attend a Sunday morning gathering until the symptoms have stopped. Coronavirus infects the lungs. The symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath, or flu-like symptoms. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild.
- If you have returned from any of the specified countries and areas that have had outbreaks, you should follow the advice that is relevant to you.
- Follow the advice concerning hand washing and coughing as outlined by public health advice.
- If you have underlying health conditions or are elderly please put your own health first.
Kids, youth and their leaders with symptoms are asked not to attend Kids & Youth gatherings including all Sunday activities, Central Youth Friday Nights in Northampton and The Edge in Raunds. Please inform the correct people as soon as possible.
Our personal response is that we would encourage you to trust, love and pray.
Whatever the consequences of this outbreak, fear should not be our response. Of course we can bring our worries to God, but His invitation is to leave them with Him. Can we encourage you to meditate on the scriptures, and particularly Psalm 46 and 91 and Philippians 4:4-8. These remind us of the God greatness and goodness. Apparently the length of time you should wash your hands for is the same amount of time it takes to say the Lord’s Prayer, so why not introduce this spiritual practice into your routine.
Jesus tells us the greatest commandment is to love God and to love our neighbours. We have an opportunity to do this by reaching out and sharing what we have with others. That could include the practical assisting of those who are vulnerable in our community, for example, asking an elderly neighbour if they need anything from the shops is a great way to express love. We may also show love by restricting what we’d normally do in order to prevent this virus spreading; we may show love by going to places where no-one else will go in order to bless the isolated and vulnerable.
And finally we can pray! Pray for the government, for the scientists who are working hard to fight the spread of this virus. Pray for medical professionals, that they would have grace and strength to deal with the increased workload. Pray for those who are sick, that they would find God’s comfort and healing. Pray for those who are fearful, that they would put their trust in God.
Please keep an eye on social media and email for any further updates from us.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org
With much love
Steve & Tammy Gee
Lead Pastors, Central Vineyard