As the Carey virus-response team we met to pray and discuss how we should respond to the current national crisis. It is clear that we needed to take some significant action. While this situation is unprecedented, it provides unique opportunities to care for those around us with the love and compassion exemplified by Christ.
In response to the government advice given on Monday 16 March detailing further measures to delay the spread of coronavirus, all Carey events are now cancelled for the foreseeable future. This action is regrettable but for the protection of our congregation and the people we serve, and for the wider witness of our church, we feel it is important to do everything we can to follow the government advice and reduce ‘non-essential’ contact with others.
However, we do want to maintain our fellowship through these difficult times and to do that collectively, even if we cannot physically meet with one another. So, we will be livestreaming a shortened morning and evening Sunday service at the regular times, with no congregation present. Additionally, we plan to broadcast this service via Facebook Live. We are working on the details of these arrangements and will send an update whenever possible. We hope also to send out a short video message from one of the pastors on Thursdays with some prayer points for the week.
We have contacted the LIFEGroup leaders to put in place a means of caring for those who will be isolated as a result of the current circumstances. We are aware that for many there will be different pressures we find ourselves struggling to cope with, whether that be strains on mental, physical and emotional health. We are particularly mindful of those more vulnerable in our church. It’s a time to reach out to each other and maintain contact, even if it is not physical contact. The Lord is the one we look too and He is sufficient for us, for our families and those we live alongside.
We can be salt and light in our local neighbourhood and community and help each other practically as we are able. What an opportunity to show love and speak of Jesus as the Lord enables us.
We appreciate that many of you will have questions about this and we will seek to clarify these as soon as possible. Further updates will be circulated by e-mail via the LIFEgroups and on the Carey website and Carey Facebook page.
Please do pray for our nation at this time. Many people are extremely anxious and fearful, not only because of the risk of infection but also because of broader feelings of insecurity. Please continue to pray that this situation will cause hearts to open and respond to the Gospel.
For the time being, we are planning to have someone in our pastoral and administrative offices at The Carey Centre to continue to care for the needs of our congregation.
Yours in Christ,
David Magowan, Hugh Thresher, Andrew Barnett, David and Paula Gibbs, Bill Newton
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
All Carey events are be cancelled for the foreseeable future.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1