Corona Virus and our response
Re COVID-19 (coronavirus)
With the recent outbreak of Coronavirus in the UK and now in the Dudley borough, we as a church have been keeping an eye on the situation and how it will affect our regular services and community groups.
Following guidance from Public Health England, we are taking the appropriate steps to ensure that everyone who uses KCC, from young to old, are as safe as possible.
We have already recommended the vulnerable stay away from groups and gatherings and have promoted government guidelines on protecting yourself and others in this situation.
The government advice has recently moved from isolating the vulnerable to discouraging any social gathering in pubs, restaurants, clubs and the Health Secretary has included the gatherings of churches and other religious meetings in its advice.
In light of this, the leadership of KCC has come to the decision to postpone all services until Easter when we will review the situation again.
While it is sad that we have to close the building to public meetings we must remember that it is us that are the Church not the building (1 Corinthians 12:12–27).
This is also a time for us as a church to make a real difference in this community and the people who live here (Hebrews 13:16). For those of us who are fit and healthy we can help those in our community who are vulnerable by doing shopping, walking dogs or other chores. As a church we are co-ordinating with Dudley CVS to help our local community.
For those of us who are vulnerable or having to self-isolate due to sickness or possible risk you can make a difference too. Firstly, with the advent of modern technology, even when we are separated we can still reach out to each other via text, Facebook or video calls. Secondly, you can pray. On Sunday 22nd March there will be a National Day of Prayer and at 7pm everyone is being asked to light a candle and place it in the window as a symbolic gesture of the light of Christ.
This is also a time of excitement as we look into new ways of worship in this new age of increased viral outbreaks. As a leadership we will be looking at how, when these latest restrictions have passed, we can continue to operate within the community in light of all that has happened, so we don’t have to close again. The temporary closure of the building might seem to some a move of cowardice and fear but it comes from a place of responsibility, wisdom and measured judgement, and means that instead of the church being one small building in Kingswinford it has become dozens of homes across the area. So, celebrate communion with your family in your homes. Use Facebook, messenger or FaceTime to pray together and let us continue to see God glorified in this area. God is in control, Jesus remains on his throne, and this is a time for us as a church to make a difference
As a leadership we are still here to support and encourage you but if you need help with anything please reach out to us so we can help each other as well as our neighbours.
You can contact the elders via this Site
As a centre we will be open at times on Sunday and during the week so that people can come to us for prayer and as a place for those in the community who are looking for reassurance or guidance can still find it. This will of course be dependant on peoples availability and as long no is put at risk, further information will be forthcoming
In Psalm 20 it says these words:
6 Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary. With the victorious power of his right hand. 7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
In Christ we do have the victory, now let us be His church. Not here in one place, but out there where there is a lost and hurting people who do not know God.