Dear Sisters and Brothers,
We are writing to you with prayers and love at this time of crisis.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected all of us very deeply. We know only too well how it is touching us, our communities, our families and our Churches. This is an extremely difficult time, and we know that you are all working really hard trying to work out the best way to be Church when we can’t meet physically, trying to figure out how we can continue to serve our communities, putting in place some mechanisms of care.
At NECN, we are praying for you. We are thinking of ways in which we can offer one another helpful support. If you have time, could you share stories and examples of what is working in your Church and your community? It would be a wonderful resource to get things into each others hands. If you are able to do this, please email Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org or put something on the Facebook page.
We will post things on our website here: https://estatechurches.org/covid-19/
please keep an eye on this page for news.
One really important thing at the moment is that we don’t feel guilty about the things we can’t do. We need to be looking after our own physical, mental and spiritual health so that we can be serving others. And it is increasingly apparent that this will be a marathon and not a sprint. If you can’t livestream your services, don’t worry – just publicise links to churches that are doing this, and work out other ways of keeping in touch with people. We are all making this up as we go along, we are all making mistakes, and this is all very provisional.
Let’s continue to be a community that supports one another. Let us know if you have any particular prayer requests or questions. Please remember that although we might be physically isolated, we are not alone. God is with us and we have each other.
We will be in touch again after Easter, when things have hopefully settled down a little, with some ideas of how NECN can continue to be a family and support Estate Churches through the internet, through our local groups, and through conferences and webinars.
With love and prayers,
Andy, Lynne, Sara and Christine.