Important Church Statement about our services and plans to deal with the Coronavirus

Following stringent social distancing measures announced by Boris Johnson on Monday, we are advising anyone who feels unwell with a fever or flu-like symptoms to please self-isolate for 14 days in line with government advice relating to the spread of the Coronavirus.  

If circumstances dictate that you must self-isolate for however long, please be assured that our pastors and pastoral care are only a phone call away and don’t forget you can also watch our services online.  

Regarding services this week, for now, tomorrow night’s Bible study is still on as is the Friday night prayer meeting and both our services this Sunday 22 March. If you are more comfortable watching at home, we will be streaming the services online. 

Until further notice, there will be no choir practice, and ALL our youth organizations are cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.  

From Monday 23 March, we are moving our church online. The advice of how to use the online service will appear on social media and in our bulletin this weekend. 

We’re still here to help, of course, and remember we also need your support and understanding during this unusual period. Be assured our hearts are towards our faithful congregation and the people of our nation at this time. Because this situation is changing rapidly, we will endeavour to update you with any further relevant information.

In line with government advice, here’s what you need to know going forward. 

Please continue to use the hand sanitisers at the entrance doors of the Church. If you are unwell with flu or cold symptoms, we kindly ask you NOT to come to Church, even if you otherwise are young and fit. Remember, there are members of our congregation who are vulnerable to Covid-19, because of their age, or because of underlying health conditions. By coming to Church, when you are unwell, you could help spread it to those who could be more endangered by it.

If you wish to stay informed with any information regarding Coronavirus and Church, why not join our email list. You can subscribe to it by going to www.whitewell.church/subscribe 

In the event where any of our organisations have to be cancelled or changes made to them, we will notify you in the following places: -

- An email from Whitewell church (if you are on the mailing list)
- On our Social Media (whitewellchurch)
- On our Church Website (whitewell.church)
- A recorded message on our phone (028 9077 7074)

Meanwhile, if you are unwell and need pastoral support, our Pastors are here to help. Their numbers are available on the printed Bulletin, and you can also contact them via our church main telephone number.

Finally, thank you all for your continued cooperation regarding safety and precaution relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, especially refraining from shaking hands and washing of your hands regularly. Knowing how friendly Whitewell is, we do apologise for this inconvenience. Still, your continued cooperation is recommended by top health experts and the government at this time to help keep everyone safe. 

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 advised, let’s keep calm and carry on this month in faith and with expectancy and believe God for good things.