Update on Gate Church’s response to the latest UK and Scottish Government advice regarding coronavirus, COVID-19.
On Monday 16th March, the British public were asked to cancel all non-essential public gatherings (including pubs, clubs, theatres) in order to help reduce the spread of the virus and protect the vulnerable in our communities.
Consequently, the Gate Church International Elders/Trustees believe we now have no option but to close all church gatherings until further notice.
Therefore, effective from today, Tuesday 17th March, the following Church gatherings are cancelled:
Sunday mornings at Gardyne
Sunday evenings at St Marks
All other smaller church gatherings at the St Marks building during the week including small groups, prayer meetings, Young Adults, Tribe and any others.
We also strongly advise all Small Groups not to meet together for this season in people's homes for the same reasons.
However, we want to encourage as many as possible to continue to connect regularly with each other and so we will be releasing guidelines in the next few days to:
enable the church to connect online on Sunday via the internet
facilitate small groups connecting together online
encourage individuals to connect regularly by phone and online for prayer and encouragement.
These are unprecedented times, and as a church it is essential for us to play a full part in preventing the spread of coronavirus, and to help others wherever we can.
We strongly encourage everyone to make extra effort to regularly connect with as many of our Church family as possible, and to look out for those who need help. If you are unwell or needing to self-isolate, then please let your small group leader know so that we can ensure you have the help you need. If you do not have a small group, then please let the office know and we will connect you up with an appropriate small group as quickly as we can.
Our hope and trust is in the Lord, the Maker and Provider of all things. Psalm 91 v1-2 says:
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will abide in the Shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I Trust”
Be encouraged, stay connected, be prayerful, be watchful for others, Our God is a good good Father.
Please remember to follow the latest Government advice available from www.gov.uk
If you have, however mild, a new continuous cough or higher temperature, please self-isolate for a period of fourteen days, as well as the whole household
If you have been in contact with someone with coronavirus or have returned from an affected area identified by the Chief Medical Officer as high risk and you are feeling unwell with a cough, difficulty breathing or fever, please stay at home and use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call NHS 111
Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that's all you have access to.
To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don't have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
These are exceptional times, but we trust in our Lord to carry us through, to continue expanding His Kingdom and to turn all things for good.
Stay healthy be wise....live with clean hands and a pure heart....and care for those most vulnerable and isolated! Let’s rise up and not shrink back.