Covid-19 Update on Services at FBC
Dear Church family,
Grace and peace to you in our Lord Jesus.
We are living through a tremendously uncertain period. For many in our society, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing fear and panic, and it is revealing how fragile and unanchored our culture really is. As Christians, we worship the sovereign God of the universe, and He is not surprised, nor threatened, by this pandemic.
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise – in God I trust and am not afraid.” Psalm 56:3-4
Following the UK Government’s advice this week, it has been necessary for the Elders to formulate the following plan for the life of Flitwick Baptist Church during this season. We agreed the following principles which we have used to guide our planning:
· To this end, we have considered how our decisions will affect the reputation of the gospel and the local church.
· This means that we will do everything necessary to serve and minister to people, even if formal programmes and activities are suspended.
· This will mean that the rest of us make sacrifices for the good of the rest of the population.
· We have borne in mind the command of Romans 13:1-7, especially so given that our government is taking action for the public good, and not for harm.
Whilst we believe that it is a biblical command for Christians to meet together (Hebrews 10:25), we have taken on board the advice given to us by the FIEC, as well as the approach taken by the majority of other Christian denominations. In balancing the various biblical mandates, we are conscious that there will be some in the fellowship who disagree with the conclusions we have reached. However, we assure you that we have taken no decision lightly, and are seeking to act both for God’s glory and the common good.
It is therefore with a very heavy heart that we are taking the decision to suspend ALL organised, public services and ministries with immediate effect. This suspension will be in place for an initial period of four weeks, after which it will be reviewed on a continuing basis.
We will broadcast a service of worship each Sunday at 10:00am on our YouTube channel. More information about this, and other measures we have put in place, have been emailed to members of the Church family - please do not hesitate to contact one of our Ministry Team for further details.
In God’s sovereign goodness, this period is an opportunity to be a different kind of Church, and in the guidance below, you will see just some of the ways in which we will be rising to the challenge of this time. In the age of the internet and modern technology, we have the ability to remain connected to one another, and to worship together even if we are unable to meet in person. We have sought to put in place measures to enable us to continue to minister the Word of God and to serve one another – not only within the fellowship, but within the wider community of Flitwick as well.
Thank you so much for your prayers – we are so conscious that as leaders, we are dependent upon God for wisdom beyond our own. Please continue to uphold us, and each other, before the throne of grace at this time.
We realise that it will be a huge disappointment to us all not to be able to meet together for worship. But just think how sweet it will be when we are able to meet again – what a joyful day it will be! Until then, may the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you all.
With Christian love,