As you will be aware, we have been monitoring the COVID-19 developments over recent days and particularly the evolving guidelines from the Government. In light of these guidelines, we are going to proceed with our plans as follows:
All meetings in the church building have now stopped. This includes our Youth work, Project 41, Alpha etc, and our Sunday services at both sites. Apart from FoodBank which will continue for the time being - under new operational guidelines. The office is now closed and the office team is working from home.
Our building is now closed, but Woodside Church will remain open!
We will be recording the preach and making this video available from 9am on Sundays mornings (The youtube link will be emailed to you). Alongside this, we will be producing a Sunday Enews which over the next few weeks will begin to include a worship playlist, plus further helpful material and videos for the youth and for kids. If you are not yet signed to our Enews you can do so now: www.woodsidechurch.com/enews-sign-up. Sundays are going to feel different but we want to try and create a Woodside Sunday morning for us all.
We had hoped that our groups could continue to meet in homes for a while longer, but it is clear that this is not possible and would go against the latest guidelines. However, our Community Groups will still be the back-bone as to how we care and connect with one another. We encourage groups to be creative in how they stay in contact. For example, using WhatsApp, messaging, social media and phone calls. And please would you particularly look out for the most vulnerable in your groups.
Some groups may want to use the Zoom video conferencing App. This is an excellent tool for connecting with one another and is how we now conduct all of our team meetings. More details will be available from Anna (Comms) soon. Or you could just give it a try! https://zoom.us
If you are not in a group - please let us know. And we will help you to get connected.
This is of course a very unsettling time for people, but we know that God is with us, and that He is a faithful. As the Psalmist puts:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when the morning dawns.
Lastly, if you need any support from us - please let us know. We are committed to supporting one another and standing together at this time.
With much love
On behalf of the elders