As you are undoubtedly aware, the latest Government and Public Health advice regarding the COVID-19 crisis on Monday 16 March 2020 included avoiding gatherings in public areas such as pubs, clubs and theatres. Answering questions in the House on Monday evening, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “with the deepest regret and the heaviest of hearts we do include faith groups within the advice”. In seeking to interpret this advice, Elim, along with other Christian denominations, are aware of the many and varied types of ‘gathering’ that are a part of local church activity.
Therefore All Nations, along with all other Elim churches, will be stopping all of our gatherings with immediate effect until further notice. We do not take this decision lightly but do so believing we have a public duty to act responsibly in terms of the duty of care to all members of the community.
However, we will be looking at ways for our various groups and Sunday services to gather together online. More information on this will be posted very soon.
If you need to self isolate and do not have support from friends and family, please contact the church office to let us know and we will do our very best to support you. We will also be looking at ways to support those in our community who are either self isolating or following guidance of social distancing due to being “at-risk”. If you are able to, we hope you can do the same in your local area too letting them to know they are loved and cared for by God.
As a substantial amount of our church income comes on a Sunday during the offering may I encourage you, if you do not already, to consider setting up a standing order, donate online or by text. More information is available on our website at www.allnationselim.org/give
In the meantime, please do keep connecting with each other, be it online or over the phone. We may be separated, but not isolated.