To all who are connected to Chadwell Heath Baptist Church.  With regret, I have to inform you that with immediate effect Chadwell Heath Baptist Church will be suspending all meetings for worship and social gatherings until further notice following prayerful consideration of the new advice from the Government, Public Health England and the Baptist Union with regards to the Coronavirus Pandemic. We are doing this is in order to protect our congregation members – many of whom fall into the ‘Most at Risk’ category – and also their families and friends. This comes into effect as of today 18th March.

To our church family who lose access to our place of worship, and for those in our local community to lose a place of meeting, connection and familiarity may well feel very difficult for us many of us, especially as it can be a lifeline for those who don’t regularly have contact with others during the week.  However, in these troubling times please be assured that the leadership team at CHBC has a plan in place to make sure that, in ways that are safe, everyone can continue to receive Pastoral support during this time.

To ensure that pastoral care continues to be readily available, the members of the Leadership Team have each been assigned a ‘Pastoral Group’ of church members, regular worshippers, and friends that they will each be looking after. We will be phoning to check in on you, sending you any news and information but we will also available to help should you need it. One of the leadership team or pastoral group will be contacting you very soon to explain more about the way this will work.

It is true that CHBC life will need to be done differently for a while, with the shape and nature of ‘being church’ having to reflect the new normal.  So this situation has made me, as minister, sit back and reflect on what my role is.  And in short, it is to provide ‘care of souls’ to those who are within the CHBC family, whether they are at the core of our family, or out on the edges.  It is to be a light in the darkness, a voice of hope, a reminder of the love of God and where we place our trust.

It is also to remind us as God’s people that we are not just church when we are gathered, but we are also God’s people when we are separated, when we are scattered.  We are followers of Jesus in all situations, every day, and we are called to be ‘salt and light’ in every situation and none so important as now. 

We often say that ‘we don’t GO to church’, but rather that ‘we ARE the church’. Although we can’t gather together just now, we at CHBC will use other means and discover new ways to stay in touch and encourage one another. Check out the details below and consider yourself invited to join in! 

  1. I hope, soon, to be able to live stream some form of service each Sunday. It may well be shorter than usual but will allow us in one form to still be together in our separate locations.  More details will follow.

  2. I will be posting a daily reflection on our Facebook page - facebook.com/chadwellheathbaptistchurch

  3. I would also like to hold prayer meetings via conference calls and using either Skype or Zoom – more details to follow. Is this something you would be interested in?  Please let me know.

  4. I would like to set up a church-wide WhatsApp group – if you would like to be included in this then do let me know. I do know we have several smaller WhatsApp groups but think a church-wide one would be good.

  5. I will also be putting together a weekly church notice sheet with topics for bible study, prayers, fellowship news, and other items. We can also include items on how or cope in the current situation, messages of encouragement and requests for help… this is to be a place for us to share with each other, not just from me…if you have anything to contribute to this then do let me know. Obviously not everyone is on email or has access to a computer so it will also be posted or delivered to as many people as possible.  If you would like to get this do let me know.

As we are likely to have more time to reflect, keeping in our homes as much as possible, this will be an opportunity for us to be still and to pray, to turn to God, and to seek His counsel and receive His encouragement.

At this time of uncertainty and anxiety please read and absorb these words from Psalm 91:

Whoever goes to the LORD for safety,
whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty,
can say to him,
“You are my defender and protector.
You are my God; in you I trust.”
He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers
and from all deadly diseases.
He will cover you with his wings;
you will be safe in his care;
his faithfulness will protect and defend you.

I know that in the next few weeks our lives will change but please do follow the guidance and advice we are being given, and encourage others, with love, patience, kindness, and wisdom, to do the same.

Lastly, at this time, please can we not help the spread of misinformation, rumour and fear.  Below is the best site currently for information regarding how to deal with COVID 19.   Many people are anxious enough, lets be calming voices at this time.

Where possible stay at home, stay safe and until we are able to meet again know that you are all loved as part of the family of CHBC.  See you all soon.

Yours in Christ

James, William, Michelle, and Justin - Leadership team at CHBC

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