Highworth United Reformed Church

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A letter from our Church Secretary

Dear Friends,

COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”)

This letter is being sent to all our worshippers, both regular and occasional,  either by email or by post.

It is with great regret that we have decided,  in line with Government advice and bearing in mind the high average age of our congregation,  to suspend all our church services and other activities,  including coffee mornings,  with immediate effect.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly but we believe this is the right action to be taken at the moment.   No one can know how long this situation will last but you can be sure of one thing - we shall reopen just as soon as it is safe to do so.

In the meantime,  being cut off from public worship does not cut us off from God.   We all have our Bibles and we can all pray.   If you have internet access, you can go on to the URC website and sign up for their Daily Devotions which offers a daily Bible reading,  reflection and prayer.

For ourselves,  Robert will be sending out a weekly letter with a brief reflection,  again either by email or post.   In addition Elders will be keeping in touch with those on their lists,  and while they may not be able personally give help I am sure they will do their best to see that any urgent needs are met.

Meanwhile,  may God's blessing be with you all,

Bryan.

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                                              And from our Moderator

Following practical advice to church leaders the South West Synod Moderator, Ruth Whitehead, writes:
What else can we do?
Being a church is about more than just gathering for Sunday worship.

We can continue to pray together:  you might like to join me in prayer each evening at 19.00 to pray for all those affected by Covid-19;  there will be news of 'streamed' services coming from the central URC very soon;  and we all have our Bibles at home to read,  reflect and pray.   Local churches will also be an important source of support for one another - please think about how the most vulnerable can be supported,  emotionally and practically.

We can face uncertainty with faith.   The people of God in the Hebrew Scriptures found their existence as God's own people tested but ultimately reinforced by their time in the wilderness.   God's love and care is as sure for us as it was for them - we may not see the "fire and cloudy pillar" but we sing of it (in the hymn Guide me O thou great Redeemer).  Jesus has promised "I will be with you always" and although we may have to celebrate Easter in our homes,  the truth of the resurrection of Jesus from death is undiminished whatever we may live through.

May God the Father hold you safe in arms of love
May Christ the risen Lord shine in your homes
And may the Holy Spirit be with you comforter and strength.

Yours in Christ              Ruth