Dear <<First Name>>
The Rt Rev Colin Fletcher, Acting Bishop of Oxford, wrote this week, “Each day, global concern about the COVID-19 virus increases – for good reason. We know that it is very contagious, that it is a new virus which we don’t have inbuilt immunity to, and that it can have very serious consequences for those who are elderly or physically vulnerable. We are sensibly planning for the worst while working for the best.”
I felt it would be helpful to send an email about our response as the Windsor Fellowship Church family. We need to be:
- Calm: the opposite will lead us to do things which might impact seriously on others – like panic buying.
- Caring & Compassionate: those who self-isolate, (those in high-risk groups, or who have been in contact with the virus) need to know that we care about them. Phone calls, messages, letters, cards, food left on the doorstep are all signs that we care. Do you have neighbours in any of these groups? How about contacting them and find out what support they might need.
- Considerate: let’s look out for one another, and act collectively to prevent the spread. If you’re feeling unwell, stay at home. Please do let us know so we can care for you. All of us - wash our hands! 20 seconds is the advice, which is approximately the length of time it takes to pray the Lord’s Prayer. So, why not, each time you wash your hands, pray that prayer – it’ll ensure your hands are clean and will dramatically impact your prayer life.
- Communion: following advice from the CofE we’re not going to share communion for a month. However, each day remember what the symbols of communion point: the reality of Jesus’ blood spilt and body broken is central to all we are.
- Confident: God’s sovereign, he’s in control, so we don’t need to fear. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Rom. 8:28 NIV)
- Christ-like: let’s live hopefully, love generously and pray earnestly – and let’s bless each other by the way we behave.
I found this article by Rev. Andy Mason helpful to give a godly perspective on the current crisis.
Senior Minister, Windsor Fellowship Church