Coronavirus statement

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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

On Monday the government released guidelines stating the need for everyone to avoid non - essential social contact, and for people over 70 to stay at home. This advice to avoid meeting together wherever possible will have a huge impact on us as church, both in terms of our Sunday meetings as well as our other weekly activities.

The leadership team of GBC have met to discuss how we might move forward as a church under such strange and unfamiliar circumstances. This discussion will be ongoing as we become more aware of the implications of these new restrictions. In the meantime, a decision has been made that all services and regular activities taking place in the church building have been cancelled until further notice. Small groups will no longer meet in person, though some groups are already looking at ways to continue virtually.

As Sunday services and regular church activitiess can no longer happen in person, we will be thinking creatively to find other ways to continue to be church. Our priority is to find ways to keep being church in the face of uncertainty and enforced change, to keep in touch with each other, pray for each other, encourage one another and care for each other at this time.

We recognise there may be a whole number of practical issues arising from folk being self-isolated, quarantined or sick over the coming weeks and months. We are forming a group of people who are willing to help out with shopping etc. for those unable to go out themselves. If you yourself are self-isolated, quarantined or sick and would appreciate practical help or support, please do let us know. We will do our best to organise help wherever possible.

We also want to lift up each other in prayer throughout this extremely challenging time.  Please do make use of Prayernet prayernet@guiseleybaptistchurch.co.uk so we as a community can pray for you.
For practical help and support please contact us or email support@guiseleybaptistchurch.co.uk

Many will be feeling anxious right now for a number of reasons. Let's pray that during this difficult and scary time, as we ourselves find our peace and comfort in our Lord, and in our virtual communion with each other, we as God’s church might find ways to bring hope and be a blessing to those in the wider community.

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  
Ephesians 3:16-18

The GBC leadership team


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