I’m writing with the painful news that we’ve decided not to meet physically on Sundays for January. It’s painful because my conviction is that physically gathering with God’s people for worship is an essential part of the Christian life what it means to be a local church.
We’ve come to this conclusion after much prayer and discussion between the GCW leaders – with input from others too. I think this is the right thing to do to honour God by loving one another and our community – including the school community whose building we use.
Back in November, I signed a letter to the Prime Minister asking the government not to close churches during lockdown. With infections rising at such a great rate, and so many things unknown about the new strain of the virus, we have decided to use the freedom the government has given us now to stop meeting physically for a time. We do so, knowing that we won’t all agree on this course of action, recognising that not meeting will be more difficult for some than for others, hoping that we’ll be together again soon, and asking you all to pray for and look out for one another all the more.
We’ll review towards the end of the month. Click here for a talk on the importance on meeting together, unpacking the verses below.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 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.