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Wednesday 18 March, 2020
I want to take this opportunity to make an important announcement about the COVID-19 pandemic and our life together as a church.
As a Network of churches and as Trinity Church Adelaide we have decided to suspend all Sunday church gatherings, effective immediately. That is, there will be no Sunday gatherings this Sunday, or until further notice.
As Paul Harrington, our Network Senior Pastor, has already said in his communication to you earlier today, this is not a decision we have taken lightly. We cherish the opportunity to gather together physically to hear and respond to God’s Word, and to love and care for each other and our world. However, we have also come to the conclusion that, at this time, the best way to love people is to suspend our physical Sunday gatherings until we believe and are told that it’s safe to do so. Jesus said the most important commandments are, ‘love your God’ and ‘love your neighbour as yourself.’ For us, this is what loving our neighbour looks like at the moment: suspending Sunday services so we can limit the risk of infection and so care for the most vulnerable in our community.
But just because we won’t be gathering physically on Sundays doesn’t mean we won’t still be gathering. We will, just electronically, via our new video streaming service. All you need to do is go to our website home page at 9am, 10:30am, 5pm or 7pm this Sunday and you will be able to join your online gathering. There, you’ll be able to hear God’s Word read and preached, pray together, and be kept up to date with what’s going on in the life of our church.
Small groups will also still keep meeting during this period, albeit with some changes to make sure they keep being safe places to connect. This will include the option of meeting online, both now and in the event even small groups are no longer allowed to meet in person. But your small group leaders will be in touch soon with more detail, and these groups will be a key way for us to keep connecting through this period.
What about other ministries and events? You’ll probably still have lots of questions. We’ll send out more details in our regular weekly email tomorrow. If you do not currently receive these, please click HERE to subscribe. We will also continue to keep in regular contact with you via our Facebook pages, email, and phone for those who need it. We’ll also pour extra resources at this time into caring for kids and their families; the elderly, unwell and isolated; and those outside our church we can care for. The key is: we’ll still meet as a church, just online and in smaller groups; and we’ll still care for each other and our world, just in new and creative ways.
Because here’s the thing. This is not just a storm to be weathered. This is not just a setback where the best we can hope for is to limit the damage. It’s also a chance to love each other and our community in new ways. As Christians, we’re convinced that ‘in all things God works for the good of those who love him,’ and therefore that this can be a time not just of survival but of growth for us as a church: growth in faith, growth in love, growth in hope. And we’ll be right alongside each other – every step of the way – as we do it.
Please keep praying for each other, our leaders and our world in this crisis.
Please keep loving each other and your neighbours as we seek to be a light to the world.
And please keep trusting that God is in control, he loves us, and that he’ll care for us every day of our lives – including this one, and the days to come.
God bless, and see you Sunday online.
Wednesday 18 March, 2020
NETWORK SENIOR PASTOR
Dear brothers and sisters in Trinity Churches,
I am sending you an attached letter that updates you on our plans and thinking for the Trinity Churches as our nation and world copes with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The letter was written yesterday and outlines the decision of the leadership of the Trinity Network to stop our main Sunday meetings until further notice. As it turns out, given the government’s announcement this morning that indoor meetings of over 100 people should no longer occur, this decision has already been superseded.
In these times I want to encourage us all to consider how we draw near to God, stir one another up in love and care for those around us.
Your church leadership will let you know how we will continue to connect and care for each other during a time when we can no longer gather physically at our Sunday meetings.
Know that Sue and I and all the leaders of the Trinity Network are praying for you. The prayer at the end of Ephesians 1 is a wonderful way for us to all keep calling on God.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power in us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength which he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority and dominion, and every name that is invoked, Not only in the present age but also in the age to come.
In these times may you know the comfort, care, resurrection power and hope that we have in the Lord Jesus.
Your brother in Christ,