Greetings everyone,
Please find below the latest letter from Mr. Gavin Henderson which contains details of the live streaming of sermon, studies, etc. beginning this weekend. Any questions please let us know.
Best Regards,
David Silcox
On Behalf of the Watford Church Council

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Dear Elders, Pastoral Council Members and Congregational Leaders,

Despite the crisis we are currently facing, this week has been quite inspiring as I have heard story after story of how our congregations are working to keep in touch and to support each other during this time. Several congregations have set up prayer chains, email and WhatsApp lists. Additionally I know that others are working on trying to provide audio and video resources during this period. Thank you so much for all your work and service at this difficult time and I pray that our Lord will bless you and keep you as you demonstrate the love of God in action.

We realise that live-streaming will not be possible for most of our congregations, and to help with this we are planning on live-streaming a message at 11am on each Saturday and Sunday via YouTube from the Church Service Centre in Market Harborough. We are also planning on having a mid-week Bible study at 7.30pm on Wednesdays. Note that YouTube does not require you to have a user account or download additional software. The YouTube link for the first stream is: https://youtu.be/hGbLGKkETUE and you can access the whole channel at: www.youtube.com/channel/UCatCYu14mV9jvYr5GanDO6w. These links, and links to upcoming broadcast will be available on the Church website www.gracecom.church – which may be easier for people to find. The streams will also be uploaded as videos for people who are not able to join at the time the broadcast.

In addition to James Henderson’s email sent out earlier this week, Greg Williams sent out an email update yesterday asking us to dedicate some time in prayer and fasting and suggested either the 22nd or 29th of March depending on schedule and other commitments. When it comes to encouraging others to fast, please remember it is a personal choice. If anyone has a medical condition, we suggest that he or she consult with the medical profession before embarking on a period of fasting (which might not be easy at this time). Do not fast when it is against medical advice. Fasting from a biblical perspective is connected to participating in God’s good will towards others. “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loosen the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” (Isaiah 58:6-7 NIV). Let’s remember that, “this is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14).

There is also an update about how the virus has affected GCI around the globe which you can read here: www.gci.org/responses-from-across-our-fellowship/ although please note that the situation is constantly changing and any such update will quickly be out of date! Please continue to pray for everyone caught up in this outbreak and remember our churches, not only in Europe, but worldwide.

On a personal note, my wife Sinead was moved to a Coronavirus ward yesterday (she works as a nurse at Glenfield hospital in Leicester) and, with schools shutting down next week, childcare has become trickier – your prayers would be appreciated.

Warm regards,
Gavin Henderson | Operations Manager
National Ministry Team

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