Faith in a Time of Quarantine
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10 23-25 NIV
We are now in a situation of National Lockdown and it feels most strange to be 'instructed' by both Government and our Church 'Connexional Team' to a place where we are not able to meet for worship and fellowship, two intrinsic elements of our faith.
But these are strange times and distancing ourselves from each other as an act of 'quarantine' is necessary in order to slow and hopefully halt the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.
We have a responsibility to participate in the activities that lead to lives saved and sickness - at least this sickness eradicated.
So, our services are suspended in the Churches of the Norwich Methodist Circuit, but we DO hold unswervingly to the hope we profess.
ALL LINKS ARE NEW FOR WEEK BEGINNING 29th MARCH 2020
Our Quarantine Curriculum will aim to fulfil our community needs to engage our mind (HEAD), our HEARTS and our HANDS
CLICK HERE to watch my introduction to this page and for some encouragement at this time
While we are no longer able to open Sprowston Methodist Church for personal prayer, we are looking at how we can connect with one another through video conferencing with ZOOM. Get it loaded onto your device - a phone, tablet (iPad) or computer will all work. Make sure I have your email address as an invitation will be sent to you and you join through the link.
WE WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN THESE WILL BE HAPPENING
Fresh air is good for us, as is exercise! Prayer is vital for our spiritual well-being.
Outside in the garden off Wroxham Road, we will have a guided Prayer Labyrinth at the Giant Cross. This remains in the garden, if you are near enough to include it in your daily walk for exercise - PLEASE DO NOT USE IT IF SOMEONE ELSE IS ALREADY IN THERE!! TAKE TURNS (walking with member of your own household excepted).
CLICK HERE to virtually walk and pray the labyrinth towards the cross with me. It will do your heart good and encourage you.
There are points well spaced around the Garden for Reflection on the Word of God.
Again, you can use these but stay well clear of each other as above.
CLICK HERE to virtually ponder them with me in the Garden at Church.
We continue to follow our Community of Witness Theme through Lent.
CLICK HERE to access a digital copy of the Lent Booklet.
CLICK HERE for the script to Sunday 29th March Sermon "The Witness of the Cross"
CLICK HERE for the video of me preaching the Sermon for 29th March
CLICK HERE for the worship song selection for 29th March.
HANDS & HEART
There will be a BOARD OF ENCOURAGEMENT in the Church Foyer where your messages can be pinned. Prayers (with permission), cards, scripture passages and pictures will all be put up. There will be a special area devoted to memories of our dear brother, John Minns whose funeral can now not be in Church. Your memories and stories of John would be valued for this purpose and at this time.
During Lockdown, we won't be starting this just yet, but if you post things to me or send via email, I can link them for you to see.
Send all things by post, text message or email, via the Church Facebook page or website.
Acts of Service:
We encourage people to talk to each other on the phone and to be part of the Buddy system if distancing or isolating.
Remember that isolated people can make phone calls as wells receiving them. Call Gavin if you can help or need help.
Providing shopping where necessary. Call Gavin for details.
Active as a Community: Hands
Challenge: As a community that is scattered, we all belong to God in Christ. Taking both Isaiah 53:6 and The Parable of the Lost Sheep, can we make 100 sheep, a sheep pen out of card or rocks and a Shepherd. Knitting pattern for sheep that will be 6-8inches available online link or printed at to get at church. Challenge is to use what we have, not to buy in specially.
These can be gathered as people phone in to say they’ve got one and progress can be shared online and in conversations. They can be collected up and brought into church.
We love you & are praying for you in these strange times.
Please add comments if you join in, either here or on social media.
We trust God, he has never failed and he is faithful.
Grace & Peace
PS... Here's a lovely picture of
John with Beryl taken at our
"Remember & Renew"
celebration in June 2019