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'Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.' Phil 4:4

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In these uncertain times, the mission of the church remains unchanged and we will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated with all the new ways in which we are continuing to be the church together.


Statement from the Prime Minister - Saturday 31 October

The Prime Minister gave a Press Conference on 31 October with a further update on latest Government guidance.

Again, we will review the implications of these latest measures with the Leadership Staff & Trustees and keep you up to speed with any updates.

Under the new restrictions:

  • People are being told to stay at home unless they have a specific reason to leave, such as work which cannot be done from home and education
  • People are allowed to exercise outdoors alone, with their household or with one other person
  • Meeting indoors or in private gardens will not be allowed
  • Pubs, bars, restaurants and non-essential retail across the nation will close but takeaways and click-and-collect shopping can remain open
  • Construction sites and manufacturing workplaces can remain open
  • People are still allowed to form support bubbles
  • Children can move between homes if their parents are separated
  • Clinically vulnerable people are asked to be "especially careful" but people are not being asked to resume shielding


You can read the full transcript of the Prime Minister's statement here: Prime Minister's Statement

Sunday Services

The new National Restrictions, which come into effect from 5th November, state that:

Places of Worship will be closed, unless they are being used for:

  • Funerals
  • To broadcast acts of worship
  • Individual prayer
  • Formal childcare or where part of a school
  • Essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food banks
  • Other exempted activities such as some support groups

This means, that during the period of these restrictions, in-person church services will not be permitted.

Whilst we are longing to all meet together as soon as we can, we want to ensure that when we do, we do so safely & responsibly so that every member of the church - from the youngest to the oldest – feels safe and properly cared for. In the meantime, we would ask you to pray for us all as we navigate these unfamiliar waters and we will keep you updated as and when the situation changes.


Sunday Services on Zoom

Although we are still not currently meeting together on Sundays, services are available online.

Rather than a link to a pre-recorded service going live at 11am, you can follow this link to a Zoom call, where we can all join in together and 'be church' together online!

Sunday Services on Zoom

For those unable to join us on Zoom at 11am, we will continue to offer a pre-recorded on-line service with similar content from the website.

Recent Sunday Services

You can catch up with our latest service here: Sunday Services Online


Small Groups

  • A wide range of small groups are up and running and are a really important way of keeping connected. You can find out details of the small groups available here: Keeping Connected in Small Groups

Reaching out to those in need

  • In times of crisis our priority is always to the most vulnerable and so we are looking at ways we can safely continue running as many of our compassion ministries as possible. Foodbank is still being run on both a Wednesday & Sunday from the Yard and you can find out more here: Foodbank
  • We are working closely with local authorities to co-ordinate the most effective response to support those most in need and have developed a team of volunteers to offer that support. If you'd like to volunteer please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you: Volunteer Support
  • For those in need of support, of any kind, please do get in touch and we'll do all we can to help. Our Duty Pastors will be available both in & out of office hours and you can get in touch by phone: 020 8785 9530 or email us: Support Line

VKids & Youth

  • With many year groups still not at school and our young people facing challenges of all kinds our team are working hard to provide resources and support for all ages 0-18.
  • VKids and VParenting have their own dedicated pages, please click on the names to see some of the resources we have been working on.
  • Youth meet every Sunday from 12pm online. For more details of what we're doing to support those in Years 7-13 please contact Charlie (charlie@swlv.org.uk)

Prayer

Join us online for Daily Pray Together from 9:20am-10am. Daily Pray Together

We will start with 10 minutes of worship before we pray from 9:30am Join us as we pray:

  • for our leaders & the government as they make important decisions
  • for the medical and healthcare teams
  • for the scientists researching solutions
  • for local authorities serving our communities
  • for the isolated and the vulnerable
  • for all those working in schools & educational institutions

This pandemic has impacted us all in ways no-one could have imagined and although the church may have to function differently for a time, the mission of the church remains unchanged.

The way this will all look may differ to how it had before, but we will continue to care for the vulnerable, share the message of Jesus and be a light on a hill in this ever-changing situation.

With our love

As always



Neil & Kate

Prayer

'Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.' Phil 4:6-7

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With coronavirus still dominating headlines around the world, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and afraid. Pete Greig of 24-7 Prayer has penned a short prayer of deliverance as we look to refocus on God

24-7 Prayer

Join us as we pray for wisdom for all as they all face the reality of the current situation.

  • for the medical and healthcare teams involved in caring for the sick;
  • the scientists researching solutions;
  • government officials making important decisions;
  • local authorities serving our communities;
  • the isolated and the vulnerable;
  • all those working in schools & educational institutions

Join us online for Daily Pray Together from 9:20am-10am. Daily Pray Together

Action

'Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.' Matthew 6:10

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In light of Government Guidance there are things we can all be doing.

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means we must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if we can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep our distance from people not in our household (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash our hands regularly

From 4 July:

  • you can meet in groups of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household) in any location - public or private, indoors or outdoors. You do not always have to meet with the same household - you can meet with different households at different times. However, it remains the case - even inside someone’s home - that you should socially distance from anyone not in your household or bubble. This change also does not affect the support you receive from your carers
  • when you are outside you can continue to meet in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines
  • additional businesses and venues, including restaurants, pubs, cinemas, visitor attractions, hotels, and campsites will be able to open - but we will continue to keep closed certain premises where the risks of transmission may be higher
  • other public places, such as libraries, community centres, places of worship, outdoor playgrounds and outdoor gyms will be able to open
  • stay overnight away from your home with your own household or support bubble, or with members of one other household
  • It will be against the law to gather in groups larger than 30 people, except for a limited set of circumstances to be set out in law

You should not:

  • gather indoors in groups of more than two households (your support bubble counts as one household) - this includes when dining out or going to the pub
  • gather outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households; gatherings larger than 6 should only take place if everyone is from just two households
  • interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending a place with, even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship
  • hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing
  • stay overnight away from your home with members of more than one other household (your support bubble counts as one household)

Additional Resources

'Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.' Phil 4:8

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Find more resources here:

Panxiety: Anxiety & COVID-19

Latest Government Guidance

NHS Self-Isolation Advice

Radio Four Thought for the Day Wednesday 18 March

Guidance on Mental Health & Wellbeing

One of our wonderful JobClub coaches has branched out during lockdown to make & supply a range of face masks with 25% of the proceeds of each sale going to the Wandsworth Foodbank. You can find out more details here:

www.fionapearceburrows.com/homeware


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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

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