A PLAN FOR OUR CHURCH COMMUNITY
Last updated Monday, 30th March at 3pm.
Gateway Baptist Church & Community Centre is committed to ensuring the wellbeing of our congregation and wider community.
Each of us has a responsibility as potential carriers of the virus to all those around us, especially those who are vulnerable. Consideration of everyone around us shows practical love to our broader community.
The Prime Minister has announced a ban on all group meetings, so we are reluctantly closing the doors of Gateway Baptist Church, until further notice.
On Sundays we will stream our services and there will be no formal Sunday morning gatherings at Gateway. We will use this next period of time to develop a sustainable strategy for our Sunday services, adapt to the situation and make changes as required so we can continue to connect in ways that are meaningful for us as a congregation and community.
All gatherings will be postponed until further notice.
Connecting with others will the BIG challenge. We will be exploring an online platform to 'meet and chat', so we will keep you informed on the progress of this format.Even though we will be closed, please do not hesitate to contact the church via the website email@example.com, or phone 0481 952 066.
If you want to talk to someone about your symptoms first, call the Coronavirus Health Information Line for advice on 1800 020 080.
God is still God
It is in times of great uncertainty that people turn to faith. With all the fear and panic at the moment, people are asking where God is in this, which makes this a great opportunity for the church to step in and be relevant in this space. We urge you to be salt and light at this time; pray for one another, be a good neighbour, (share some toilet paper if you have it!) and reach out a helping hand to those who may need it.
Hebrews 10:24-25 sets it out clearly:
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging on another – and all the more as you see the day approaching.
Gateway Baptist Church Leadership Team