Statement from Rev Tim Stilwell
Jesus says to his disciples when they are tempted to worry – Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me…..I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 14:1; 16:33). Jesus warns us that in this world there will be things that unsettle and trouble us – but he invites us to walk out of fear and into an ongoing experience of faith, hope and love – because he has overcome the world. So we can pray with the Psalmist: God is our refuge and strength; an ever-present help in time of trouble (Psalm 46:1).
Following Government and Church of England Guidelines we are for the foreseeable future cancelling all Sunday services and all midweek meetings due to take place at St Dionis. We plan to livestream as much as possible and upload video teaching resources for adults and children respectively. See below and check social media for more details. This is new territory for us, so your patience and prayers would be appreciated.
We are working together to respond so that we re-imagine how to be church. This virus will be overcome sooner or later. In the meantime, let us stay connected, demonstrate our love for one another, communicate as best we can, reach out to our neighbours, local community and those we know who are vulnerable or sick (see below for ideas on how we can do that).
God has promised to work in all things - including the massive disruption we are all facing - for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). His purposes will not be thwarted; indeed there is almost certainly divine providence in much of this. Together we can become the church that bears one another's burdens and carries His presence, as salt and light, into our anxious city.