Greetings in the name of Jesus. I hope that this letter finds you well, safe and in good spirits. That said, the reality is that many are finding the situation very difficult and it is hard to know just how much optimism we should entertain regarding the time when the COVID virus will be under control and we are able to gather again as church family.
As this letter is being written, the very latest headline is that the COVID infection rate appears to be going down slightly. This is very welcome news, and we hope this is true; but we know there is still a way to go before we can feel safe again. The past ten months have been a story of many hopes and disappointments, and we pray that we are on the brink of a decisive turning point as increasing numbers are vaccinated and infection rates slow.
Over the past months, we have lost some good, faithful friends without being able to remember them together as we would normally have done. We look forward to being able to do this, and continue to pray for those who have lost loved ones during this pandemic.
Through it all, we are holding you in our prayers and looking forward to being together in a way that has not been possible since March last year. We were able to reopen churches in September, but we are aware that many felt too vulnerable to return and the ongoing COVID-safety measures meant that the school was not able to reopen for lettings.
I am also painfully aware that I haven’t been able to spend time with you as a congregation since arriving in September and I am thankful for the way in which you are caring for one another spiritually, pastorally and practically, and praise God for instilling that spirit of mutual responsibility and love in you. Needless to say, if anyone needs help at any time, please just ask.
The time will come when we will be able to meet to discern and determine God’s plan for us. In the meantime, I pray that you will each remain safe and strongly connected to Jesus, who alone is able to save and keep us in His loving care.
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