Coronavirus & COVID-19
Unfortunately we are facing a difficult and challenging time as we hear the news that we are in the midst of a world-wide health crisis. No doubt you will have been following the news, trying to understand more about what is happening. As Christians we hold onto the truth that God is sovereign, above all things as the King of kings and the Lord of lords, and remembering that He is the source of our faith, giving us strength and courage to face each day.
The Bible reminds us to “not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6). No matter where we are, may we continue to intercede for this situation and seek God’s divine intervention for a swift resolution. If you would like to join others in prayer there are many online prayer gatherings being organised by churches and church networks, not just in the United Kingdom but around the world.
We recognise that this is an unprecedented situation, and as such, it will have a deep and lasting impact on us as individuals, the church, and as a community, whether it be at a local, national or global level. Because of the seriousness of this virus and the demographic of our church fellowship, the leadership team of Scarisbrick New Road Baptist Church has made the difficult decision to suspend all of our activities with immediate effect. This has not been an easy decision to make and we recognise that this is likely to have a considerable impact on a good many people within the church. We are not alone in this, as the Church of England, Methodists, Catholics and many, if not all, other churches across Southport and the UK have also suspended their activities.
To help us remain as connected as possible during this time we are implementing a number of options so that we can try to best support everyone who is a part of Scarisbrick New Road Baptist Church, particularly those who may feel even more isolated than normal. We are going to attempt livestreaming on Sunday mornings from 10:30am as well as using other virtual platforms to enable us to connect with one another online. However, we recognise that not everyone has the means to connect in this way. The telephone prayer is up and running for urgent messages and prayer requests. The pastor and leadership team will also stay in regular contact with people within the church fellowship by telephone, text message and email.
UPDATE JULY 2020
The UK government has announced that church buildings may re-open for worship provided that guidelines are followed to ensure peoples safety. However, out of respect for our fellowship and our various ages and health concerns, our building will remained closed for worship for a little while longer. This will allow us more time to enable us put appropriate measures in place to provide a safe and secure building and to minimise the risks associated with Coronavirus.
If you have any queries please use the contact form on the website to get in touch. The church answering machine is regularly monitored so if you call please leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
In the meantime, stay safe, stay connected and stay faithful.
Sadly in this time of anxiety and difficulty there are those that would seek to take advantage of peoples kindness and vulnerability. This no doubt causes much distress to those affected and may even lead to unnecessary personal hardship. Local schools have sent out letters warning of these potential scams which include the sale of personal safety equipment and donations for cures and treatments. These leaflets are available using the buttons below. Please take extra care and be vigilant at this time. Please make others who may not be online aware of this too.