KLC Covid19 Update
Update issued on 25th March 2020:
Hello Church Family
We trust you are all keeping safe and well. We wanted to give you a comprehensive update so that you have some idea of what’s going on in the background.
We will continue to use Zoom on Sunday mornings as we found it was well received and offers some positive interaction. For ease of access there will be a permanent button on the homepage of the KLC website. If you have friends, work colleagues, family etc who you think might like to join us then do invite them. As it happens, this week a small church in Wales is planning to join us, as one of the previous members of Forefront now lives that way.
We will continue to ‘meet’ each Sunday at 10:30am for an hour and we recommend joining the meeting 5-10 minutes before the start just to give yourself a chance to sort out any technical problems you might experience.
This is still under discussion and a meeting is taking place this evening to explore various options. But do continue to worship at home its a vital part of feeding your own soul.
There will be a Zoom meeting for those families who have children (aimed at 11 years and under) from 9:45-10:15 am on Sunday. To access this meeting you need to contact Rob Goldring by email at email@example.com he will send you the Zoom link (the link will not be made public for safeguarding reasons).
Each week the children will have the opportunity to receive some teaching and complete an activity. Plus they will of course get to see their friends on the screen! In addition, we are exploring the possibility of hosting a midweek meeting during the daytime.
Jo has already sent details of the Youth plans out to parents. They will have the opportunity to Zoom together on a Friday night. Plus there are also discussions taking place amongst the Youth leaders as to how to develop the Youth work further throughout the week.
A Zoom was meeting was held with the Life Group leaders on Monday. This was to shape what Life Groups will look like in the coming weeks. If you are already in a Life Group you should be hearing from your Life Group leader soon if you haven’t already.
Would like to join a Small Group?
In this time of self isolation we would strongly recommend joining a small group to help you feel connected, for encouragement, and for fellowship.
To join a group please email Jacqui Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org and Karen Kendall email@example.com
We haven’t yet set up a prayer meeting but we do want to encourage you to pray anyway, it is a vital part of our work and our connection.
Once we have a prayer meeting in place we will let you know.
A Guide to Zoom
This PDF file gives a brief summary of the main zoom meeting screen, hopefully this will help you find out where to find various controls – Zoom help.pdf
If you feel as though you need more assistance, please message firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange further help.
Before ‘COVID19’ was even a thing we had a variety of WhatsApp groups. They are now a hugely beneficial way of communicating with each other. We have the following groups; Men, Women, Prayer, COVID 19 Support Group plus people within Church have their own groups such as the Children’s Team, the Worship Team etc… And we have just created a ‘KLC Chat’ group for purely social interaction. If you are not a part of one of these and would like to be, again please let Rob know.
For now, that is it. Things will evolve. We will make adjustments along the way. Keep praying. Keep trusting in the Lord.
Bless you, on behalf of the church Elders
Update issued on 19th March 2020:
God Remains Sovereign
In all this we hold fast to the truth that God remains sovereign. He is at work in this world and can use all things to his good purpose. This is the gospel that we carry, and it helps make sense of the world and of events such as these which often leave many people feeling frightened, confused, angry etc. It is precisely at times like these that we can project the calm confidence that comes from faith, anchored in the peace of God who keeps us safe in the storm.
The faith that we have also enables us to see the opportunities for the gospel and for mission. Rather than feeling helpless or overwhelmed let us look to God our Father and understand what the Holy Spirit wants us to do in this time.
We will have to engage more through online connections this may enable us to better engage an increasingly online world. Perhaps the isolation is an opportunity to reach a world that is increasingly isolated by choice? A world of boxsets, YouTube, and a myriad of other online spaces. Perhaps we can learn some vital lessons in this season and reach people that we would never reach any other way?
Here are a few things for us to consider in this season:
Who can I bless by staying in touch?
What new opportunities are there for me to engage with God through personal prayer, times of reflection, bible study and reading?
Do we take social interaction for granted and how should we value Christs body, the church?
Who else is there in my sphere of influence who might be feeling lonely and how might I be able to help?
Who can I invite to this new online church?
On a more practical note we recognise the need to give our best guidance and wisdom. This is based on the following two scriptural truths:
- Do not put the Lord your God to a foolish test.
- Love your neighbour as you love yourself.
DO NOT VISIT PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES
As the Elders of Kingdom Life Church we respectfully ask that you do not visit people. This is especially important if they are in the category of vulnerable or are in self-isolation.
It is natural for us as Christians to want to support one another and visiting has always been a vital way of demonstrating our love. However, in this current situation, we must ask ourselves what is the loving course of action? You could unwittingly infect someone if you ignore this Government advice. The loving action is, do not visit! We cannot afford to take a cavalier attitude ‘I am under God’s protection’ when science and medicine is warning of the dangers of close contact. This does not mean that we are afraid nor that we would not lay our lives down if required, indeed we are not self-protecting but rather protecting others.
Make use of technology – there are lots of ways of facetiming people and it’s a great way of making a more personal contact but failing that an old-fashioned phone call is still a great way of keeping in touch.
We have compiled a list of the vulnerable people we have in church or on the fringes and are also collecting volunteers who are willing to help. If you need help please contact Karen Kendall (see contacts below).
If you would like to get involved with helping then again please contact Karen. We need to try and coordinate centrally if possible so that we function safely.
Sunday Mornings: As a church we will be holding an online Sunday morning meeting. Initially this will be 10.30am for an hour.
This may well develop over time as we get to grips with the technology and the options available to us.
Small groups: These have always been an important part of church life but even more so now because the Sunday Morning will not provide any social interaction as such, but in small online groups we can be far more interactive as it is possible to share via video and audio link.
Next week we aim to do some online training with small group leaders to enable them to take their groups online, we will keep you informed.
If you are not currently part of a small group, we strongly recommend you connect with one. To get connected you have two main options; if you know the person leading a group and have their contact details you can approach them directly and ask to join; or if you don’t know what groups are running and who runs them please contact Karen Kendall. The website contains details of the current groups and we have capacity to expand the number of groups to meet any increase in demand.
Hardship: We are conscious that there may be financial hardship for some and where possible we would want to help, please do keep us informed of needs as they arise.
Church Finances: As a church we also need to continue to pay the bills! Therefore, please consider your giving, if you normally give by cash or cheque then it would help if you could move to some form of automated giving, either through online banking or by setting up a standing order. Where this is not possible, we can still take cheques and or you can donate online through the website if you have a debit card or paypal account. For further information and details please contact Peter Smith (see below).
A National Call to Prayer
An excerpt taken from Premier Christian News:
A group called Churches Together in England has called for churches to get behind it by lighting candles at 7pm on Sunday.
The group’s presidents are the Archbishop Justin Welby, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Revd Dr Hugh Osgood (The Free Churches Moderator), Archbishop Angaelos of London (the Orthodox Church) and Pastor Agu Irukwu, the Pentecostal representative.
They write: “This Mothering Sunday, 22nd March, we are calling all churches to a National Day of Prayer and Action. At such a time as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future that he holds.
“At 7pm this Sunday, light a candle in the windows of your homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer. Finally as Elders we want to thank you for your ongoing commitment to us and to each other.
KLC – Lets us Pray
In addition to joining with the initiative above you can get online and meet with others on video and audio link using a free service called Zoom. With the free service you can meet for up to 40 minutes with up to 100 participants completely free.
For details visit https://zoom.us/
Karen Kendall: email@example.com church mobile 07716 125978
Paul Worth: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Goldring: email@example.com
Peter Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Website: www.klc.org.uk /
There are a limited number of spaces directly outside the Kingdom Life Church building in Horsemarket Car Park (free on Sundays), and plenty more in Chalk Lane Car Park (also free on Sundays) – about five minutes’ walk from the church. Alternatively there is a multi-storey car park (Mayorhold) across the road from the church, which again is free on Sundays.