Firstly, a reminder of our previous communication about moving Wycliffe Sunday services online from now until we are permitted to meet again. We look forward to welcoming you on the live stream this Sunday at 10.45 am. Look out for the link being circulated later in the week.
We are writing today to lay out how we can help and care for each other over the coming weeks. We appreciate that our situations will change and we will respond as things change but, for now, here is where we are.
The Church office will remain open.
We are here. Answering the phone, emails etc and answering the door (carefully, and to very few people – we have our 2 metre mark down on the carpet). So, if you need our help, get in touch as you usually would. For as long as we are able, we will carry on. The phone will be answered 9 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week.
Those staff who can, are working from home, and those staff who can’t are carrying on with routine building maintenance & cleaning, and with practical assistance that people may need.
We will communicate via post for those not digitally connected and via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and email for others. We would appreciate your help passing communications to your own church contacts, as we don’t have contact details for everyone who attends Wycliffe.
Many LIFE groups will continue and will organise themselves virtually. These local groups are the very best way to support and care for each other. If you are not currently a member of a LIFE group and would like to be hooked up, then get in touch.
If you would like to co-ordinate a new LIFE group during this period, then please get in touch.
As many of you have done already, if you can offer to deliver shopping, cook a meal or are prepared to be part of a phone bank and keep in touch with those at high risk, then get in touch. This will be a hard time for some folk, with many weeks of isolation ahead – we must support them.
For those of you who use Facebook then look for the ACTS 4:32 page (it’s a private group but please request to join) – this has been used very effectively for a long time to match needs with practical help.
Most of you will be aware of Foodshare, which runs on a regular basis from Church across certain weekday evenings.
This will remain open for as long as we are able. Some sources of food are drying up, other new sources are becoming available and we would be pleased to hear from anyone who would be interested in collecting the food and bringing it to Wycliffe for distribution or who can help serve it when it is back at Church. This tends to be late afternoon/early evening, sometimes at short notice, and we want to put a good pool of people together so we can text out as opportunities arise and trust that someone can help at that point.
Food share will usually be at 6.30pm Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday, though this may be subject to change.
It is worth reminding you all in these difficult times that food share is for absolutely anybody, whether from church or community. There are no entry requirements of any sort.
We want to offer prayer to as many people as want it, both in our church and for those in our community. People are worried and anxious, but we have God’s glorious hope and we can share that with those who have not yet seen it.
If you would be prepared to pray and chat with someone over the phone, then do let us know.
We would also welcome people to pray individually here at the church – there is plenty of space to make sure it is undertaken safely.
As the Wycliffe Prayer Team won’t be at church in person for some time, they invite you to email any prayer requests to:
Please note, only those on the current prayer team will see your request.
The answer is that it will affect everything we do – the way we meet, what we do, our giving, our fellowship, our corporate worship, bible teaching etc.
BUT in another way it doesn’t affect why we exist as a church and what God has called us to do as his church. We have been called to love Christ, love the church and love community. This won’t stop and never stops.
In His service,
Wycliffe Baptist Church Elders & Staff