Update – 18 January 2021

Dear brothers and sisters,

It has been over three weeks since we closed our doors to services again, and we thought it would be good to share an update on what is happening at the church. We hope and pray that you are continuing to walk in the way of the Lord and are growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ.

We do not know for how long we will still be in this new phase of lockdown, but we continue to seek and pray for the health and well-being of those in our community and our country. We determined last year when we were first faced with the prospect of closing our doors that it was the right thing to do in terms of obedience to the law of the land and in regards to love for our neighbour. We also expressed that the church in general is not being persecuted or unfairly treated in this regard, that the reasons for not gathering in person are reasonable, even if the government is inconsistent at times. These have not changed and so our response remains the same for now.

The ministry of the church, however, continues. The soup kitchen will continue, as does our compassion ministry. Bible studies will continue as always and we continue to labour in prayer both corporately and privately. We thank the Lord that we have the technology available to use in this way. Maintain the fellowship and unity of the church by encouraging your brothers and sisters during this time, through prayer and fellowship while maintaining reasonable precautions as to the virus.

As it is a new year, we need to approve a new budget by the end of February and because it is entirely possible that we will not be able to hold a physical meeting at that time, we are looking into how to vote electronically, which we will look at closer to the time. In relation to the budget, we will also be approaching a few members to be on an interim financial committee to help us as elders in the decision making process for certain aspects of the budget. If you would like to help out in this way, please contact us as elders.

We thank you, brothers and sisters, for your steadfast love and encouragement during this time. It is wonderfully to see the people of God helping and reaching out to one another and carrying the gospel forth. We hope and pray that we might be able to meet together soon and praise the Lord together, face to face.

Love, peace and blessings to you all,

Chris Pienaar, on behalf of the Elders of Secunda Baptist Church

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