Dear Church Family,
With a heavy heart I am writing to you to convey the decision of the elders on the 16th March 2020 to suspend all Church services until further notice in light of the developing situation regarding the Coronavirus.
We have not taken this decision lightly and understand this will be the first time in our 95 year history that we have not gathered as Lisburn Baptist Church on the Lord’s Day and in other meetings.
Our government has asked us as a nation to stop the gathering of groups of people in a bid to fight and delay the spread of this virus and we feel that by temporarily stopping our meetings we are following the teaching of Romans 13:1-7 where we are instructed to be subject to our governing authorities who are ultimately appointed by God.
Yet we want to encourage you as a Church to rise to the challenge of our time. We may have to temporarily shut the doors of our building but we are still Lisburn Baptist Church. Every effort therefore must be made to to continue to worship and glorify our God whilst showing love and fellowship to each other.
We are rapidly progressing an action plan to move our services to an online format by Sunday morning and will endeavour to circulate points of prayer so we can still pray in our own homes on Wednesday evenings from 8-9pm.
We understand that not everyone can navigate the online world so we are looking at how we can effectively distribute CD’s of services to those who need them. If you would like CD’s brought to you please contact one of the office bearers.
This is a time for us to care for each other; it is a time for us to be the body of Christ. I ask that you pick up the phone and encourage each other in the Lord and in prayer. I ask that if you are not in an ‘at risk group’ and are able to help practically with care for those who are self-isolating that you contact the office bearers.
I want to assure you that we as a Church and that we as elders are here. If you feel overwhelmed with fear or anxiety, we are here. If you are struggling to see the hand of God in this, we are here. If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with you just pick up the phone.
But most of all I want to assure you that God is here. He is as much God today as He was yesterday and He will be tomorrow. He loved us enough to forsake His Son on a cross to pay for our sin so that He will never have to forsake us. Our God is still on the throne and we can still trust in Him. He tells us to ‘cast all our anxieties on him, because He cares for us.’ 1 Peter 5:7. He tells us that He has given us ‘a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.’ 2 Timothy 1:7
So let us use this time wisely in service for Him, let us share the hope we have in Christ with the lost, let us care for the weak and the needy, let us bear each other’s burdens, let us spend time alone with God, let us pray and read God’s word as families, let us continue to grow more like Christ.
‘Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.’ 2 Thessalonians 3:16
Pastor Daniel Ashby