COVID-19 Update 01 April 2020

22 REASONS TO BE THANKFUL – EVEN DURING A PANDEMIC

In this challenging season of uncertainty, fear, sickness, death and economic worry brought by the global COVID-19 crisis, it is hard not to be crippled by anxiety and sadness. The Bible never ignores or minimises the pain and sadness of human suffering. Jesus himself cried when he saw his dear friends Martha and Mary stricken with grief at the loss of their brother Lazarus. But God’s Word does encourage God’s people not to surrender to self-pity but rather to ‘count our blessings’ – to remember how loved and blessed we are to be saved by Jesus. One of the most wonderful reminders of our privileges in Christ is Psalm 103. The psalm is arranged in twenty-two verses, each of which starts with the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet – it’s like the old London A-Z – an A-Z of blessings for us to remember how precious we are to our heavenly Father. Why not read this, stopping to thank God in prayer after each verse, and pray that the rest of our church family, perhaps especially our NHS and other key workers, would feel comforted by these great truths for themselves. So here they are – twenty-two reasons to be thankful – even during a pandemic:

1 Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
In Hebrew this reads, ‘Praise the LORD, I tell my throat; all my internal organs, praise his holy name’ –the writer calls his inner being to praise God – to his face in thankfulness and to others in evangelism;

1. He’s our loving Saviour! (2-5)

2 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits –
It’s easy to presume upon our health and material comforts – but a pandemic humbles us to recognise how dependent we are upon God’s kindness, and to celebrate his salvation – in three stages…

3 Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
He pardons our failures and heals our sicknesses until one day in his new creation we shall be free from sin and sickness forever and ‘there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain’;

4 Who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
By his Son’s death in our place the LORD has ransomed us from the eternal hell we deserve for the eternal honours of his merciful affection and gracious care; and then…

5 Who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Our frustrated desires for security, significance and joy find lasting satisfaction in the security of his love, the significance of being his children and the joy of his salvation – which strengthen our weary and fearful souls;

2. He’s our Merciful Redeemer! (6-12)

6 The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
Celebrating the LORD’s redemption of his oppressed people from slavery in Egypt, the Psalmist points forward to our liberation from sin and vindication before our critics through the death of Jesus;

7 He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel:
The LORD revealed himself and his ways to Moses in the redemption of his enslaved people by his power revealed in the plagues, the Passover and the crossing of the Red Sea which all point to the death of Jesus;

8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
This first half of the LORD’s name summarising his character which was revealed to Moses, celebrates his mercy and kindness, his patience and overflowing faithfulness toward God’s people in Christ;

9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbour his anger for ever;
While we deserve the LORD’s wrath and anger, the psalmist praises the LORD for his patient mercy and willingness to forgive through sending his son to suffer his wrath in our place;

10 He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
This is not to say God is unjust but that he doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve because Jesus volunteered to be pierced for our transgressions and punished for our iniquities on the cross – we owe him everything;

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
The psalmist uses immeasurable distances to illustrate God’s immeasurable and inexhaustible love;

12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Since Jesus has died in our place, God has taken the guilt and consequences of our sin away forever;

3. He’s our Everlasting Father! (13-18)

13 As a Father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
Our loving heavenly father provides what we need and protects us from anything bad for us becoming like Jesus, including a loving family, the comfort of his Spirit, hearing our prayers and a glorious inheritance;

14 For he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.
He is also a sympathetic father who knows our frailties because he created us – he knows we are dust, of the chemicals of the earth, frail in our humanity and mortality – and he never expects too much of us;

15 As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field;
God is humbling us all in this pandemic – to recognise that, however much we exercise and diet, our lives our brief and fragile and may be ended by God through Coronavirus or cancer or old age as he decides;

16 The wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.
God has reminded us in this crisis that we are not immortal. Our lives are brief and for all our effort to make a difference we will be quickly be forgotten in this world; where we spend eternity is of primary importance;

17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD‘s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children –
While Covid19 emphasises how temporary we are, how good it is to remember that God’s love for us is eternal, lasting from ‘from age to age’ in heaven, and will bless and provide for those we leave behind;

18 With those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
All these blessings are reserved for his adopted children, his people who have turned from sinful rebellion to keep his commands under his new covenant arrangement with his people established by Jesus’ blood;

4. So praise the Lord (19-22)

19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.
Our heavenly Father is the everlasting LORD, sovereign over heaven and earth; he has raised Jesus from the dead and enthroned him over his kingdom until he ends this world; so let us fear and worship him alone;

20 Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.
Come on, you angels, sing up for the LORD!

21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will.
Come on, you heavenly, sing up for the LORD!

22 Praise the LORD, all his works everywhere in his dominion.
Come on, you galaxies and mountains and cities – sing up for the LORD!

      Praise the LORD, O my soul
Come on my soul – let my words and behaviour praise him, let my priorities and decisions praise him, let my faith during this crisis praise him, let my prayer and evangelism praise him, come on my soul praise the LORD!

Richard Coekin
Senior Pastor

No Sunday or Small Group Gatherings

Please remember that we will not be meeting for Sunday gatherings or in our small groups until further notice.

Our Sunday gatherings will continue to be available on our website, dundonald.org/live-stream at your regular service time. If you miss the online service, sermon resources are available as always on our website, dundonald.org/media.

Prayer Meeting Tonight

Please join us for our monthly prayer meeting tonight, at 8 PM!

Things will be a little different, and we won’t be sharing the Lord’s supper, as this is something for Christians to do when we gather in person, but there’ll still be the same great opportunity to hear what’s going on at Dundonald, across London, and further afield, and to join in prayer to our generous Heavenly Father.

We’ll be meeting via Zoom, an online meeting tool. If you haven’t received the details by email, please contact info@dundonald.org

Sadly, we won’t be able to all pray together out loud in the meeting, so please keep your microphone muted during the meeting. Pray as loud as you like at home! Once the meeting has started please turn off your video as this will enable a better call quality for everyone involved.

COVID-19 Update 25 March 2020

Dear Dundonald family,

GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH… SO WE DON’T NEED TO BE FRIGHTENED BY CORONAVIRUS (PSALM 46)

Now we’re in ‘lockdown’ – besieged by this dreadful Coronavirus pandemic. We may well feel afraid – or be struggling to cope – whether bored and lonely in a flat, stressed by being cooped up with small children, or anxious as key workers heading onto the front line each day.

What could be more encouraging in a global crisis than Psalm 46? It proclaims the security of God’s people within the loving purposes of God. It doesn’t pretend Christians are immune from stress, sickness or death. But it reminds us that our loving heavenly Father is sovereignly directing everything, even a dangerous virus like Covid-19, for our spiritual good so that we become more like Jesus.

The psalm contains echoes of God’s deliverance of Israel from the Egyptians under Moses (Exodus15) and from the Assyrians under Hezekiah (1 Kings 18). It also points forward to God’s marvellous deliverance of us from our sin – through his Son, Jesus Christ, dying in our place on the cross, to bring us peace with God.

The psalm was written to be sung in the temple of Jerusalem (the expected response from the people is repeated in v.7 & v.11). It proclaims God’s power amidst three kinds of turmoil, which we also are facing today:

  • vv. 1-3: his power over creation to protect us amidst natural disasters such as a global pandemic;
  • vv. 4-6: his power over history to protect us amidst national chaos such as a global economic crisis;
  • vv. 8-10: his power over ideologies toprotect us amidst culture wars such as global secular atheism.

Here below, the psalm is broken up sentence by sentence, with a line of reflection and prayer for each. We could pray this on our own or with family and friends in the coming week…

“LET US PRAY…

1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Almighty God, our loving heavenly Father, we draw near to take refuge from the dangers we face, seek your strength in our weariness, and take comfort from the presence of your Spirit through whatever lies ahead;

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

Heavenly father, we resolve to trust in your loving power, rather than be anxious or afraid – even when the world around us seems to be falling apart.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. 5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.

We rejoice that a river of abundant spiritual life in Christ now gladdens our hearts in your presence, and that in death you will bring us home to yourself, safe and secure from the assaults of all our enemies. 

6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

Thought the nations are in chaos and human powers fail, we rejoice that your word is powerful to melt all earthly obstruction and so you will keep all your precious gospel promises to us.

7 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

We are comforted to know you are the powerful LORD of hosts who defends us, the God who has always been a mighty fortress to our ancestors.

8 Come and see what the LORD has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.

We praise you for your glorious works in delivering your people from the Egyptians and the Assyrians, but supremely in redeeming us from our sin for eternal peace with you, by the sacrificial death of your Son.

10 He says, ‘Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’

We repent of faithless doubt and seek rest in you, for you alone are God on high and will one day be exalted by all nations and peoples when Christ returns.

11 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

We take comfort from your presence and look to you for our protection and security in the days ahead, for we are you children in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whose name we pray, AMEN.”

Richard Coekin
Senior Pastor

No Sunday or Small Group Gatherings

Please remember that we will not be meeting for Sunday gatherings or in our small groups until further notice.

The latest instructions from the government about travelling to work only if it is “absolutely necessary,” and prohibiting gatherings of more than two people, mean we’ll need to make changes to how we record our online services, but these will continue to be available at www.dundonald.org/live-stream/ at your regular service time.

If you missed joining in this Sunday, sermon resources are available as always on our website, https://dundonald.org/media/.

Prayer Meeting Next Wednesday

Our monthly prayer meeting will still be happening next Wednesday, 1st April.  We will let you know the details of how you can join in online from home in the coming days.  Please do plan to join us.  Observing physical distancing doesn’t mean we can’t pray together!  We won’t be sharing the Lord’s supper in this online meeting though, as this is something for Christians to do when we gather in person.

We will me meeting online using Microsoft Teams.  Click here to download the app or join the Prayer Meeting at 8pm next Wednesday.

Some ways we can be praying

The WITNESS Leaders have asked us to pray and give thanks for these things across the life of our church:

Worship (James Williams): Praise God that we were able to stream last Sunday and for all the encouraging photos of our church family worshipping together online.

Instruct (Santhosh Thomas): Give thanks for the many creative ways people have found to help one another grow in Christ this week!

Train (Clayton Fopp): Give thanks for those being recruited into new areas of ministry, and learning new ways of equipping others!

Network: Please be praying for our brothers and sisters across London, especially those we’re connected with through Co-Mission, that they might continue to hold out the words of eternal life.

Evangelism (Tom Heasman): Give thanks to God for the number of gospel conversations that have already been had with friends and neighbours, and for enquirers tuning in to church online – pray that many would turn to Jesus for eternal life!

Serve (Iain Ridley): Praise the Lord for our large church family who are so servant hearted and always looking for ways to love one another, this past 10 days (since our last Sunday gatherings) have seen so much care going on, Ephesians 2:10 in action!

Support: Pray that we wouldn’t become insular during this crisis, but would continue to pray for people from all nations to know the love of God in Christ, and that we would support our Mission Partners well during this difficult time.

Kids (Natasha Small): Pray for the Kids team as they work to produce materials for our families under the latest restrictions on gathering.

Youth (James Williams): Give thanks for the technology that is allowing us have an online CYFA this Friday.

Women (Genevieve Johnston): Praise God – a new online group for women not previously in a small group will start up this week – pray for this to be a helpful time in God’s word and prayer together. 

Operations (Mark Nicholas): Please pray for the staff team as we adjust to working from home and work out what to work on going forward.  We love hearing from you, do drop us a line info@dundonald.org

COVID-19 Update 18 March 2020

Dear Dundonald family,

‘The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing’

As we journey through this extraordinary season of turmoil, fear, sickness and death, our Lord Jesus Christ, our good shepherd who laid down his life for us because he loves us so deeply, will be with each of us every step of the way. May I encourage you with some brief reflections on this beautiful and familiar Psalm 23 for your prayers and meditation…

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing; Lord Jesus thank you for leading, protecting and looking after me through this crisis;

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul Thank you for giving me in Scripture the rest, reassurance and encouragement my heart needs;

3 He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Thank you that your Word leads me in the best way to handle this crisis because I belong to you;

4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; Thank you that even if I get very sick or die I don’t need to be scared because you’re always with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Thank you that you love me enough to correct me when I wander and protect me from evil;

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, Thank you that you are preparing a marvellous celebration in heaven for me and all your people; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Thank you for welcoming me into the privileges and blessings of being children of God;

6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, Thank you that as I follow you, your kindness and grace will be with me every day of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Thank you that I am on my way to live with you and all your people in the happiness of heaven!’

 AMEN

Why not pray this yourself, and send it to others; I’ve just had a wonderful conversation with a lady who shared how this crisis is making her think and said she’d love to listen in to church this Sunday and come along after this crisis has passed; let us take every opportunity to comfort or brothers and sisters in Christ and to reach out to those who need or Good Shepherd!

See you on Sunday,
Warmly in Christ, Richard

No Sunday or Small Group Gatherings

Please remember that we will not be meeting for Sunday gatherings until further notice.  In order for us to keep encouraging each other and hearing from God’s Word together, we will be recording a simple but uplifting church service and making it available online.  Please join us at www.dundonald.org/live-stream/ at your regular service time.

In the light of the government’s advice on Monday about stopping non-essential contact, all our small groups, including Growth Groups, KG Groups, Connect, and Stepping Stones, will not meet until further notice. The Senior’s Tea planned for next Friday has also been postponed.

We’re encouraging small groups to meet remotely if they’re able, and we recommend Zoom (which can be downloaded free on mobile devices, or used on laptops/computers without any download or sign-up needed). There is also the option for those without internet technology to ‘dial in’ to a group call using their landline.

This opens up lots of exciting opportunities – including maybe a KG ‘all together’ slot before people break out into their usual groups. Group leaders will be in touch, but please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions or concerns.   

Please see Richard’s announcement from Sunday here for further information, and check the updates page regularly for the latest news.

Kids’ Resources for Parents

The Dundonald Kids team feel privileged to continue to partner with parents in the discipleship of our children, as Sunday gatherings and Kids & Youth programs are suspended until further notice.  The team will be providing parents with materials going forward, to enable a weekly family devotional in place of our regular Kids programs.

Each Friday we will send out an email with instructions and resources for your family to complete together, sometime over the course of the weekend. The devotionals will be based on Faith in Kids ‘The Wonder of Easter’, and will contain a lesson overview, age appropriate activities, discussion questions, and a link to some videos from either Barnaby, Tim, or Natasha to watch with your children.

We hope these materials will be a source of encouragement for your family over the next 5 weeks!

Here’s a snapshot across the life of our church

Worship (James Williams): The team is working hard to prepare for Sunday gatherings online as well as looking at ways to resource people at home.

Instruct (Santhosh Thomas) We’re working out creative and manageable ways to keep growing in Christ together, especially as small groups with slightly different contexts.

Train (Clayton Fopp) We’re working hard to make sure ministry teams have the people resources they need as we learn what making disciples looks like in this different season.

Network: Please be praying for our brothers and sisters across London, especially those we’re connected with through Co-Mission, that they might continue to hold out the words of eternal life.

Evangelism (Tom Heasman): We’re seeking to creatively equip and encourage each of us to love our neighbours and share the gospel with them during these unusual times!

Serve (Iain Ridley): We’re working hard to ensure those most in need get what they require during these unprecedented times. Please get in touch if you have specific needs or are concerned for others in the church family.

Support: Let’s encourage each other to be praying for the nations and gospel work around the world, maybe especially when so much of our attention is draw to our own needs!

Kids (Natasha Small): The team are looking forward to providing parents with materials to enable a weekly family devotional in place of our regular Kids programs.

Youth (James Williams): We’re exploring ways to stay connected with our young people through technology and social media. Looking at different resources to equip families at home.

Women (Genevieve Johnston): working on helping connect women in our church for fellowship – in particular those not in a small group.

Operations (Mark Nicholas): What a busy time! We’ve asked the staff team to work from home wherever possible, you can still contact us by emailing info@dundonald.org or phoning the office number.  We’re aware that people want to help at this time and are happy to receive offers.

Please get in touch if we can be of any help at this unusual time!

A Message From Richard Coekin About Our Coronavirus Response

This message has been updated 16/3/2020 in the light of the government’s most recent advice.

Dear Dundonald Church Family,

Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you’ (1 Peter 5:7)

I am writing to confirm what I outlined in Church on Sunday. But before outlining our plans for continuing our gospel ministries and caring well for each other during this dreadful Coronavirus pandemic, perhaps I could offer some encouragements:

1. We are all bound to feel anxious, especially for our loved ones and church family as well ourselves, during this crisis; it is a sobering reminder of our human frailty and mortality and of the limitations of medical science and government; however, if we trust in Jesus, our living sovereign Lord and loving personal saviour, we can be absolutely sure that he loves us deeply and that nothing can befall us except what he knows can help us become more like Jesus (Romans 8:28). So may I encourage you to ‘cast all your anxiety on him’ in prayer; you could do this in short prayers throughout the day; or you could spend some time at the beginning or end of each day of this crisis, on your own or together with your family or flatmates, to give this crisis over to our Lord; you could read through Psalm 23 which reminds us that our Good Shepherd, Jesus, is with us as we walk ‘though the valley of the shadow of death’; or perhaps work through the short readings available from Andy Mason’s comforting piece on our Co-Mission website available here; remember that nothing can ever ‘separate us from the love of God that is in Christ our Lord’ (Romans 8)! For some reflections on how God may be using the suffering of his people for good, a reminder that Jesus promised, ‘I am the resurrection and the life’ and the comfort that Jesus’ love for his people is a deeply emotional love, you can hear my recent sermon on John 11 available here. Let us recognise in this virus an opportunity to encourage one another, to witness to unbelievers and to practise for the time when God will call us home one day, to remain calm in the face of sickness and death, not because we are British, but because we trust in our living Lord and loving Saviour, Jesus Christ;

2. At a time when many unbelievers will be afraid or even panicking, God may be giving us special opportunities to love and serve them – which could lead to wonderful opportunities in due course to share the gospel with them? We really do have a gloriously comforting gospel of the Jesus who loves us so much he died for us and who lives to offer us the certain hope of resurrection! So let’s pray for opportunities to speak; perhaps we could check in on neighbours, colleagues and friends, whether in person or on the phone, especially those who are elderly and frail, to offer practical help like shopping or help with accessing online help and information? It may feel appropriate to offer to pray for them and with them, and to say something about our confidence in Jesus? May I encourage you to look for opportunities to ‘give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15);

3. We can be grateful to God for his provision of excellent health care and the wisdom of eminent doctors and scientists advising our government; may I encourage us to be sensible – and to carefully abide by the latest government guidelines available here; it is not godly to ignore God’s provision of such wisdom. And so, if you have symptoms please self-isolate and do not come to church as you may infect others; and if you are elderly or vulnerable, may I encourage you to stay away from church until this crisis has passed, to access our Bible-teaching and other ministries in the ways outlined below, and to let us be in contact with you to ensure you are cared for in practical ways; it is not godly to take unnecessary risks or place others in danger of becoming infected by ignoring the advice of secular authorities that are provided by God for our blessing;

Now let me outline our proposals at Dundonald in this next season of our church life. Since we recognise that in the interests of public health the Government is likely very soon to ban gatherings above a certain size and so make gathering at church not only unwise but illegal, and to avoid putting unloving pressure upon each other to attend church or small groups when we should be remaining at home, and in light of the wonderful technology available to us, at Dundonald we propose the following:

1. Our Sunday gatherings at Wimbledon Chase School and at St. Andrew’s church will be suspended until further notice beginning next week (i.e. we will not meet on March 22nd); however, as we have been practising in the last fortnight, we are confident of livestreaming a simple but uplifting church service (including prayers, Bible-reading, sermons continuing our preaching programme as planned, notices, interviews and some music) at the usual times of 9, 10:45, 4 and 6:30 (being a different sermon to the daytime); it may be necessary to record these services and then stream them at the normal service times on Sunday (e.g. if our staff availability is reduced by sickness); this will be available directly live from our Dundonald website (or the recording of it in the normal way from the Monday of the following week) – so if you don’t currently have access to these online services, please procure them or ask for help in doing so – we would love to keep everyone connected in to the encouragements of church where possible – you could even sing along!

In the light of the most recent advice from the government, small groups will not gather to stream the Sunday services together.

We will also make our sermon scripts available on the Dundonald website after our Sunday services for any who are unable to access the livestream;  So may I encourage you to join us for church online at the usual time each Sunday or to stay connected by prayerfully reading and ;

2. In the light of the most recent advice from the government on 16/3/20 advising against all non-essential contact, all our midweek groups, including Growth Groups, Connect groups, PTS, and KG Groups will no longer meet, either centrally or in homes, until further notice. Group leaders are being given advice about how to make it possible to continue to connect electronically, online, and by phone.

3. Our Better Life events are all postponed until further notice – please do pray that guests who were willing to come will be eager to come again and bring others with them;

4. Our Children & Youth gatherings will be suspended until further notice but we are planning to offer some ideas and materials appropriate for our different Children and Youth age-groups to enjoy at home or with a few friends; please see the Wednesday updates for more information;

5. To access care and prayer – we eagerly desire to properly care for one another through this testing time; if we are aware of needs for spiritual comfort and prayer or practical care for others or for ourselves, please in the first instance contact your small group leaders; if you are not in a small group, or for help in more demanding situations (e.g. someone feeling especially anxious or in a hospital ICU or bereaved) please contact the Staff Team and Care Team on info@dundonald.org;

6. Updates and information – we will post information and programme changes and particular requests for help and prayer in the Updates section on the front page of our Dundonald website by noon on the Wednesday of each week and these Updates will be repeated in the ensuing weekly e-mail and other media channels as normal;

And remember, ‘God is our strength and refuge, an ever-present help in trouble’ (Psalm 46:1);

With love and prayer,
Richard Coekin

NHS guidance is available here
Church of England guidance is available here.
Contact the staff and care team info@dundonald.org;

The Lord’s Prayer in the face of Coronavirus

Our father in heaven – thank you for Jesus in whom you have adopted us as your beloved children; help us remember that sickness and death will never separate us from your love, believe you will be with us through whatever lies ahead, and trust you are fully in control and perfectly good;

Hallowed be your name – we pray this crisis will result in much praise for you – that believers will be strengthened in their faith and unbelievers will recognise our human frailty and mortality and turn from sin to worship you;

Your Kingdom come – until Jesus returns to rescue us from this world of pain, as far as this virus spreads, we pray your kingdom will grow further, in the hearts of people of all nations finding in Jesus the sure hope of resurrection into your new creation, free from sickness, suffering and death to enjoy you forever;

Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven – Father we rejoice in your sovereign power; in your mercy, please end this crisis soon, deliver us and all your people through this crisis, and may your gracious plans to save the lost be advanced by this season of humbling;

Give us this day our daily bread – thank you for dedicated doctors, nurses and other NHS staff, for our government and its advisors – please grant them the wisdom and endurance they need; sustain us with the daily bread of Christ crucified for our sins, in the living bread of your Word; reassure us when we’re anxious, heal us when we’re sick, strengthen us when we must die, comfort us in our bereavement, and embolden us to share the gospel of Jesus, the living bread we all need;

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us – have mercy where we have presumed upon our health, forgotten our frailty, or neglected to thank you for your daily care and protection; forgive us because Christ died for our sins, count us acceptable in his perfect righteousness, and in the light of your mercy, helps us show mercy to all;

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil – deliver us through this time of testing – help us resist every temptation to doubt your love; help us stand firm in our faith against Satan’s lies, knowing that all over the world, your people are enduring the same kind of trials;

For yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever, Amen.

Brief update on Coronavirus situation

Dear friends,

Here’s a brief update on how we’re responding to the unfolding Coronavirus situation.

We’re continuing to monitor information from the health services as its released, and are staying up to date with the government’s advice.  In the light of the government’s announcement today that anyone who is not unwell should go about “business as usual,” we will still meet together on Wednesday night for the Central Prayer Meeting and on Sunday for our regular gatherings.

We will provide individual cups for sharing the Lord’s Supper at the Central Prayer Meeting, and will continue to have hand sanitizer in our venues. Please do make use of this, and help your children make use of it also.  And let’s allow each other some of the recommended “social distance” – let’s not be offended if others in our church family are more restrained from hugging and shaking hands than usual!

We’d encourage you to keep following the government’s advice on hand-washing as well as what to do if you start to feel unwell, and if you think you might need to self-isolate.

We’re currently investigating how to provide online access to our gatherings for those who aren’t able to attend.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions.

Mark Nicholas | Operations Manager
Clayton Fopp |Senior Assistant Pastor

Being Coronavirus smart at church

Dear friends,

As you will know there is increasing anxiety in the UK, and in fact, around the world, with regard to the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19.

We have no knowledge of anyone at church having travelled to any affected areas since isolation was introduced on 19 February, or having come into contact with anyone infected or displaying symptoms.  Accordingly, and in adherence to the best available advice from the NHS, it is right and safe for us to continue meeting on Sundays as usual. The NHS is advising that you only need to self-isolate if advised to by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional.

Even though we’re not aware of any particular risk at Dundonald Church, we want to encourage everyone to follow the advice from the NHS (further details available here), primarily washing hands regularly, especially after coughing or sneezing, and before eating. This also helps reduce the risk of various other respiratory infections such as the flu and the common cold.

To help us follow the NHS advice, on Sunday there will be hand sanitizer available at both Wimbledon Chase School and St Andrew’s.  Please make use of it when you enter the building, and repeat as necessary.  Please also continue to wash your hands with soap and water at home, and at work, to minimize the risk of getting sick.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Mark Nicholas | Operations Manager
Clayton Fopp |Senior Assistant Pastor

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