“Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by.” (Isaiah 26:20)
Following the recommendations of both the Irish government and Seventh-day Adventist governing body in the area, that is British Union Conference and Irish Mission, the church will not function as usual – no public services in the building, no gatherings in groups in homes.
While we are encouraged to keep social distancing and avoid unnecessary travel or interaction, as a church we know that God is in control of all things. We need to be aware, informed, balanced and yet without despairing or losing faith.
Jesus said to render to Ceasar what is Ceasar’s and to God what is His (Mark 12:17). Let him who reads understand.
It is a new situation – none of us, leader of a country, preacher in a church, proud atheist or lonely homeless in the street – none of us has ever gone through a pandemic. Some ways of doing things may not work as before. But some do. Let’s emphasize those that do.
How to best anchor yourself
- Prayer. Nothing in this world can stop you from praying. It helps you and those around you to anchor to God.
- Study. It is a very opportune time to spend in studying the Bible, good books and articles. Get wiser!
- Encourage. Talk to others over the phone, online, on a briefly visit if needed. Share good stuff, uplifting messages.
- Serve. Be aware of the underserved these days. That is where Jesus is. A word of precaution: you may be the one in need.
As the situation will stay with us for several weeks probably (God only knows), we should keep in close (and yet distant) contact.
Three channels of communication:
1. Facebook page
It serves as an open space to interact. All the news regarding our church will be published there, along with news from Irish Mission or other higher governing bodies. Our page is: https://www.facebook.com/DublinWestSDA/ Hit the like button and then our posts will appear easily in your feed.
2. Phone calls and WhatsApp groups
We do have our phones. Use them for calls, messages, videocalls.
We also have different groups: Mens, Sisters, Youth, Prayer warriors, Filipino, Parents of Pathfinders etc. Use these means of communication. Make sure before you post anything there your say is (Philippians 4:8): true, honourable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, of excellence, worthy of praise. “Think about these things.”
3. Zoom meetings
While we have not used this type of communication before, it seems useful these days. The pastor and other leaders will be online for such meetings. Get yourself accustomed with this app – available and easy to use on computer, tablet, smartphone. Free.
On Saturday at 1pm you are invited to join in via Zoom. Connect to our meeting with this link:
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/4577052884
Meeting ID: 457 705 2884
We’ll take it from here knowing that God is in control of all things.