COVID-19 Updates

Dear Shoreline Family,

Recently I have been reminded of Joseph in the Old Testament. The son of Jacob sold into slavery by his own brothers. Falsely accused of a crime he didn’t commit. And yet, during his darkest moments there is a repeated phrase “And God was with him”. As Christians God has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. He is with us, just like Joseph. Not only was he with him, but at the end of his life Joseph could look back and declare:

But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Genesis 50:20

This is one of my favourite verses in scripture. But God meant it for good. The story of Joseph reminds us that God is with us even in the most difficult circumstances of life and he is able to use it for his purposes and our good.

We as a nation, as a city and as a church have entered into a season of difficulty. The pandemic of the Coronavirus has literally shaken the world. It has changed the way we live, and for a time will even change the way we do church. But there is one who remains a rock, a firm foundation, unshaken through it all and that is God. He is with us and will use this season for our good.

In light of the current climate, after much prayer and consideration, we have decided to no longer meet physically as a church for a period of time. We want to be wise and follow the guidance of government which includes avoiding public gatherings and only using public transport when absolutely essential. This is something which the government are encouraging more and more especially with the closures of stations and lines. Although many of our congregation are young and not within the “at risk” category, we want to care for those more vulnerable who we could carry the disease too.

We also want to honour St Saviours the congregation who own the building that we use. For these reasons we will be moving our services predominantly online, using the great gift of technology to minister. This is what our proposed new week will look like:

Sunday 12:30pm – Streamed Sermon (Starting 1 Corinthians)
Tuesday 9:30am – Uturn Bible Study (This will continue to run as normal as Pastor Dan is able to travel without using public transport)
Tuesday 8pm – Streamed Sermon (Continuing in Colossians)
Friday 8pm – Prayer Meeting (A time of prayer via Skype)

The sermons will be shown onYoutube, and more details will follow regarding the prayer meetings. This is the proposed new structure for the time being, although things may change as we go along. Pastor Dan will also be available for pastoral care via phone, video calls, emails, social media and where appropriate physical visits.

During this time, although we cannot physically meet as a whole fellowship, we would encourage everyone to continue to keep in touch with each other via Whatsapp, phone, video calls, email, social media and text. If you live locally to another member, can reach them without public transport, and aren’t at risk or showing any symptoms, you could meet at home to watch the live stream and pray together. Although, the ability to do this could change if the government imposes stronger measures. Either way let us continue to love one another.

The mission is still the same: To know God and to make him known. To love God and to love others. The circumstances around us have changed, but the mission is still the same. In this new season let us seek to grow deeper in our relationship with Jesus and look for opportunities to display his love to those around us, being guided, empowered and led by the Holy Spirit.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:31-39

If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

Pastor Dan Taylor, Pastor Antonye Holyde, Pastor Rob Dingman,