Coronavirus – all gatherings in person suspended

Coronavirus Update 17-Mar

Dear friends
Following the latest government guidance we recognise that it is no longer possible to gather together in person. Therefore we have made the difficult decision to suspend all Sunday Services and small groups & events until further notice.

Sunday Services Online
We invite you to join us online each Sunday morning during this period via Facebook Live.
We will live stream our Sunday morning sermons from 11am on our Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/harrogatevineyard/
You can either watch live, or catch up with the recording later on as it will remain on the site.
For those without access to Facebook, we will still be uploading the talks to our website:
www.harrogatevineyard.org.uk/talks-listen-here/
We will also send out a link for a set of worship songs each week via Spotify

Keeping in touch
We have been really encouraged to see that people are beginning to connect with one another via phone, social media, WhatsApp & email. This is going to be the best way to remain connected over the next few weeks.
If you are feeling disconnected, please do let us know!
You can contact us via Facebook, or email us at info@harrogatevineyard.org.uk

Reflect
We plan to send out some creative ways for you to reflect, pray & focus on God with us during these troubled times.
We would also recommend listening again to some of our recent sermons online, especially Maggie’s talk from Sunday: “From Anxiety to Peace“, as it is really encouraging in our current situation.

Please join us in praying for our church, our community, our country, our world and those that are most vulnerable at this time.
Much love, Nik & Maggie

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4: 6-9

 

 

 

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Coronavirus Update 12-Mar

Dear friends,

With the latest news regarding the coronavirus outbreak, many of you may be feeling concerned, unsettled or anxious.

We want to reassure you that we are taking this seriously & monitoring all official advice – from the government, Vineyard Churches UK & Ireland, and also the excellent information provided by the Church of England.

Sunday Services
The current advice is that we can meet on Sundays, and we will continue to do so until that national advice changes, or our local circumstances require a different response.

There are some changes we will need to make, as follows:

  • Handwashing – please wash your hands before attending, on arrival, and as necessary throughout the morning. All soap in the toilet dispensers is anti-bacterial. nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
  • Refreshments – no longer self-service, tea & coffee and (individually wrapped) snacks will be served by a member of the team
  • Communion – it is recommended not to share wine or juice, so we will serve bread only
  • Physical contact / prayer ministry – please avoid handshakes & hugs, we will also refrain from laying on of hands during prayer
  • Vineyard Kids – We will increase sanitising measures within our children’s areas and toys
  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (new continuous cough and/or high temperature), however mild, stay at home and don’t leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. Please contact us, or your small group leader to keep us updated on how you are doing!

Small groups/events
Current guidance does not restrict meeting in small groups (including men/women’s breakfasts, Dig prayer meeting, Bible Book Club, etc) – however group leaders may take the decision to postpone or suspend meetings dependent on the health needs of the people within the group. As with Sunday gatherings, please don’t attend if you’re showing any symptoms, or are concerned you may have been in contact with someone who has the virus.

www.gov.uk/coronavirus gives you access to NHS and Public Health information as well as updates from the Government.

The mission of the church remains unchanged
This is a pandemic with no precedent in modern times.  And although the church may have to function differently for a time, the mission of the church remains unchanged; the tools and environments may differ to our usual methods, but we must continue to care for the vulnerable, share the message of Jesus and be a light on a hill in this ever-changing situation.

Prayer points
Let us pray for the medical and healthcare teams involved in caring for the sick; the scientists researching solutions; government officials making important decisions; local authorities serving our communities; the isolated and vulnerable at this time, heads of educational institutions – for wisdom as they all face the reality of this situation head-on.

Let us also find our peace in God, who is unshakeable and faithful in all things.

Please do contact us at info@harrogatevineyard.org.uk if you have any further questions.

Much love, Nik & Maggie

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.

My victory and honour come from God alone.

He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.

O my people, trust in him at all times.

Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.

Psalm 62:5-8 (NLT)