'God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear...'
In light of the current Coronavirus situation, we are all having to make big adjustments. King’s is no different. During the current lockdown, places of worship are closed for in-person meetings. Our ability to meet others face-to-face is also affected.
The Leadership Team and Trustees of King’s are doing everything we can to keep church life thriving whilst also being safe and legal. We are following advice from the government and from AMiE, the church network we are part of. You can find details below of how Coronavirus affects life at King’s Church Guildford.
- We are unable to meet physically as a church on Sundays at the moment. Instead we will have an Online Service every Sunday at 4pm. You can watch this service and find links to previous videos here.
- We also have regular Virtual Coffee Times after the service at 5pm, to give us the chance to catch up and discuss the service. These will take place on Zoom. Links are sent out in our weekly email newsletter.
- There is a team of people planning how we might meet again in person once the current lockdown period ends. As and when this happens, we aim to continue providing an Online Service for those who are shielding, self-isolating or don’t feel comfortable meeting in person yet.
- Life Groups will not meet in person. Instead groups will meet online, using a service such as Zoom, Skype or Google Hangouts.
- Life Group leaders will co-ordinate how and when this will work for their group.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH
- Each week we produce a colouring sheet to help children and others to engage with our Sunday service. We also produce a note-taking sheet to help older children and teenagers. These are sent out in our weekly email newsletter.
- Earlier in the first lockdown, we produced a series of videos for families called Family Time. These are still available to watch on our website here.
- Rooted and Impact, our youth groups, are currently meeting weekly online.
- Creche are seeking to meet soon in-person as a support group.
- Climbers and Explorers, our groups for pre-school and primary school aged children, are currently meeting regularly online.
- Our weekly student group, Equip, will meet on Zoom every Tuesday evening during term-time. For more information, please contact .
PASTORAL & PRACTICAL SUPPORT
- The current restrictions do not allow us to meet indoors with those not in our household or support bubble. However, we are allowed to meet one other person outside in a public space (i.e. not a private garden).
- When we don’t see one another so often, it is all too easy to miss opportunities to care for one another and receive care. We do need to keep encouraging and supporting one another, even while not meeting face-to-face. Being ill or self-isolating brings various practical concerns which we want to support one another through.
- If you are part of a Life Group, those people should be your first port of call with any pastoral or practical needs, whether relating to illness, self-isolation or anything else.
- If you are not part of a Life Group, please contact and we will try to help however we can. Alternatively, do contact Nathan by email () if you require pastoral support.
- The Leadership Team are identifying particularly vulnerable members of the congregation to make sure that people are keeping an even closer eye on them.
- We have set up a hardship fund to help members of the church family who are struggling financially as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to find more information about this or apply for assistance, please see our website here.
- If you usually take part in one-to-one Bible studies, please do try to arrange to do those on the phone or online as well, or over a socially distanced walk.
BEING A GOOD NEIGHBOUR
- We all need to love our neighbours by following the government’s guidelines on hygiene, self-isolation and social distancing so that we play no part in spreading the virus. You can find the latest government guidance here.
- We encourage the King’s family to use the opportunities that this crisis affords to speak about the hope we have in Jesus in the midst of sickness and uncertainty.
- If you would be able to offer practical help, why not print off some of these postcards to fill in and drop round to your neighbours?
- You can read more about how to respond as a Christian to the Coronavirus here.
How good to know we have a Heavenly Father who loves us and has a plan even for this very unusual situation. Let’s keep trusting in Jesus (and following the government's advice).