The spread of the Covid19 virus has meant that all meetings at church suspended until further notice. At Holy Trinity Church we are called to care for each other in all seasons and to bless our neighbours. We’re not sure what that means for now or what we will need to do, or can do. The path ahead is dark. We have just enough light for the next step.
There will be no group activities, no worship services, in church, from now until we are told it is safe to gather again. That doesn’t mean we stop being a church. God is living and active. We must pray that His word continues to spread faster than the virus so people find salvation in Christ before he returns to judge the world.
In his second letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul wrote:
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained.
We might be “chained” in our homes but the word of God is unchained. You can always telephone people, or text bible verses. You can use Facebook messenger, or share videos and websites with your family, friends and neighbours. You can invite them to join us in an online church service or bible study.
Bible teaching and prayer
For worship and teaching we will live stream a Sunday service from our church Facebook page, Holy Trinity West Bromwich, at the usual time of 10:30am. If you can’t make it at that time it will still be available as a recording on Facebook. You do not need to have a Facebook account to access our page.
Neil will lead a daily online Bible reading and prayer from Monday to Thursday at 9:30am on our church Facebook page. If you want to follow the readings and prayers, you can install the Daily Prayer App from Google Play or iTunes, or click through to Morning Prayer on the Church of England’s Daily Prayer page.
UPDATE (22/03/2020) Following the example of London Diocese, the church buildings will now NOT be open for individual prayer from Monday to Thursday morning.
We will be able to pray together and hold small group meetings using a video meeting service called Zoom. If you want to join a prayer meeting or bible study, we will post details on the Facebook page, and you’ll be able to click a link and enter a meeting code to join us, or you can email us for that information. The meetings will also be accessible by phone by dialling into a number.
We have set up a YouTube Channel, Holy Trinity West Brom. Videos of services, Bible teaching and music will appear there. A short playlist of music for this Sunday, 22nd March, has already been uploaded there.
We will be using our church bell to call people to prayer. So if you live near to the church, listen out for the chimes, and join us in praying for our church, our parish, our nation and our world in this time of uncertainty and challenge.
A parish flyer has been produced for you and your friends and neighbours. Please print off a copy yourself or contact the church office for copies if you wish to distribute them.
Pastoral Counselling and Prayer
If you need pastoral counselling and prayer, please call or text the church on 0121 553 0227 or Neil, our vicar, 07810 544265. A member of staff will be in touch to make arrangements with you for a phone call or Zoom meeting.
Weddings and Funerals
UPDATE (23/03/2020) The UK Government has banned weddings and baptisms for at least three weeks from today.
If you have been bereaved, please contact Neil on 07810 544265 or ask your funeral director to contact him. Updates on funeral arrangements are constantly changing and he will be able to give you the latest information.
You or your neighbours may have practical needs like shopping, collecting medication or even just having someone to speak to on the phone. We would like to link people together through church so that everyone is cared for and are working on a way we can do that.
There may be things God calls us to do which we can’t yet see. If you have a need, please make contact. We can’t promise to be able to do everything, but we can pray and do what we can together as a church as we follow the commands of Jesus to love each other as he loved us.