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COVID-19

Keep Connected

'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.

Sunday Services

  • Although we will no longer be meeting together on Sundays, services will be available online. You can catch up with our latest service here: Sunday Services Online

Small Groups

  • New on-line small groups are already getting up and running and are a really important way of keeping connected. If you're already in a small group you'll be given details of how to join all your old friends online and, if you haven't yet got round to signing-up 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 are developing 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 schools closed 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 all as they all face the reality of the current situation:

  • for our leaders & the government as they make important decisions
  • for the medical and healthcare teams involved in caring for the sick
  • 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 is a pandemic with no precedent in modern times 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 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

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.

As per the current advice, the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves remains washing their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue, put it in a bin and wash your hands.

If you or anyone in your household has one of the following two symptoms, then you should stay at home for fourteen days.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough - however mild

This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.

That means that if possible you should not go out even to buy food or essentials, other than for exercise, and in that case at a safe distance from others. If necessary, you should ask for help from others for your daily necessities. And if that is not possible, then you should do what you can to limit your social contact when you leave the house to get supplies.

Even if you don’t have symptoms and if no one in your household has symptoms, please stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel, work from home where you possibly can and avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues.

We should all only use the NHS when we really need to. Please go online rather than ringing NHS 111.

We should all be doing all we can to follow the guidance on social distancing to help protect ourselves and others:

Social Distancing

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

Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

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