Church Announcement from our Leadership Team
We are sorry to inform all our members and friends that we have decided to close the church from today with immediate effect. All physical gatherings like our usual services on Sunday and midweek meetings will NOT take place for the foreseeable future. While many of you may be disappointed, there is still a positive aspect in all of this – we will be ONLINE twice on Sundays, and for our mid-week meetings on Monday and Wednesday nights.
We apologise for the short notice, but we want to be good citizens of our country and love and respect our neighbours and, so, following advice last night and this morning from the Health Minister and the Chief Medical Officer we believe this is the appropriate thing to do.
While we firmly believe that God is in control and will help us during the Coronavirus crisis, it is right and proper not to place any further pressures on the health service currently where the staff are doing a fantastic job keeping all of us safe. Let’s pray much for them at this extraordinary time.
People have been asking how to continue giving which is great because as you know giving is an essential and necessary act of worship, and most of our weekly giving is from people who put cash or cheques in our offering baskets during our services. While our building will be closed, obviously our members and friends can’t give in this way.
We know that some of you may also be struggling financially, but for those who are still able to give we still need your financial support at this time to support our ministries including our online work and our missions.
The best way to give is by standing order or online bank transfer -
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Other ways you can give –
• Cheques (posted to the church address)
Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle
837-869 Shore Road, Belfast BT15 4HS
• Paypal (via our website)
• Justgiving (via our website)
Further detailed updates about our plans going forward will appear on our website and social media channels regularly so keep an eye on this.
Despite the negative coverage recently about the Coronavirus, some of which is entirely justified, our hope remains in the Word of God, and the advice is not to panic. Paul stated, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim 1:7).
Isaiah also says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3).
So, even though common sense is essential, let’s keep calm and carry on in faith and with expectancy and believe God for good things.
In the meantime, stay safe, be wise and may God bless you all.