March
14
Author
Jubilee News
COVID-19 Update

Dear Jubilee Church,
 
Please read this update and help us implement the specific advice for us as a church.
 
At the outset of this email we want to encourage you to remember the passage we read during our 40 Days of Prayer studies last week which says:
 
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV). Here are two songs that speak into this:
 
https://jub.onl/2TTTBsc (We Shall Not Be Shaken – Matt Redman)
https://jub.onl/2vS5y9Y (We Will Not Be Shaken – Bethel)
 
You will be well aware of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and it is so important that we remain calm and measured in our response to it and in doing so, help those who may be fearful of it. 
 
As a leadership, we think it's sensible and proportionate to share some practical advice on how we might minimise / slow the spread of the virus as far as is possible when we gather together at QUAD.
 
We are told that most people recover from the illness after experiencing heavy cold or flu-like symptoms for 6 – 8 days. However, we need to recognise and adopt some really simple steps to care for those in the church (or visiting us) who may be a little more vulnerable to the virus, such as those with underlying health conditions and older people.
 
Things we (you and I) will do as a church from now on:
 
1) The initial advice is full of common sense and would be good for us to adopt throughout the year in any case; prioritise good hygiene. This includes a recommendation to carry disposable tissues to catch coughs and sneezes (remember "catch it, bin it, kill it"?) and regularly and thoroughly washing our hands with soap and hot water (for at least 20 seconds) or by using sanitiser gel.
 
2) If you are generally ill or unwell (again, something to think about at any time of the year) please be considerate of others and stay at home to recover (more specific advice on self-isolation and symptoms of the virus can be found via the links below).  Let us know (via a message or phone call to your LifeGroup leader, or someone else at Jubilee) that you'll be absent and we'll be sure to pray for you and try to check in with you.  We don't want you to be neglected and certainly not forgotten, so it is helpful just to let people know, especially if you are living on your own.  If you are worried you may be experiencing symptoms of the virus, call the NHS 111 service for advice - DON'T go to your GP or walk-in centre.
 
3) Please can we ask you and any children with you to wash hands thoroughly with soap and hot water on arrival, before sending them to Creche and FROG club and before getting refreshments. Parents and carers, please be mindful of your children and actively encourage them to do the same.
There are toilets on each floor of QUAD and they should have adequate supplies of soap and hand dryers available. If you notice any facilities which are running low or have run out of supplies please inform a member of the QUAD staff or one of the Jubilee leadership team as soon as possible.
 
4) We also need to change some of our behaviours for a while. Other church movements in our nation are discouraging shaking hands, hugging and greeting people with a kiss, (some of these are less common in our context), but are something to think about all the same.
 
5) Another 'behaviour' that we'll adjust is that from this Sunday (welcome & hosting team take note) we will stop sending our offering bucket around from hand to hand.  Instead, we will ask people to place any cash they would usually give into the bucket which will be located on the stage at the end of our main meeting.
 
6) The next time we take communion together we will pre-cut the communion bread and use individual cups to drink from.
 
7) We have also been advised to temporarily stop shared food too, so we won’t be putting out biscuits or treats.  Refreshments team members please take note. Tea and Coffee is fine to continue with as these are provided in individual cups. Our refreshments team will dispense the hot water from the flasks rather than it being self-service. We will also ask them to dispense cold water from the container for squash. This practice should also apply to FROG club where the leaders should be the only persons serving cold water/squash. We’re also advising our refreshments team to wipe down the tables with anti-bacterial wipes prior to and after serving tea & coffee.
 
8) Because we are based in a public venue, if it is discovered that QUAD have had someone in the building with Coronavirus, they will most likely need to take immediate steps to complete a deep clean and not use the building until this is complete, which may disrupt its use.  If this does happen we will keep you informed and let you know of any alternative arrangements.
 
9) Finally, as we come to this situation during our period of 40 Days of Prayer I have been struck by the following passage which keeps coming up in my reading in various places. Remember as you read this that it says “if my people”
 
2 Chronicles 7:13-14 New International Version (NIV)
13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
 
We are God’s people, called by His name. God promises that if we turn to him in prayer and seek his face, he will hear our cries for help and forgiveness and He will bring healing to our land. If there is one thing which our country really needs right now, it is for the people of God to continue to pray, to seek His face and to trust in Him. We need God to revive us again! 
 
Thank you for taking the time to read this.  Let's continue to pray for the health of one another as well as peace in our communities.  Let's also remember to keep practicing good hygiene.
 
 
Questions or Concerns?
If you’d like to share your thoughts, concerns, questions or ideas with us as we navigate our response to this situation, we’d love to hear from you. Your input and feedback are truly important to us. You can speak to a member of our leadership team, email: info@jubilee.org.uk or call the church office: 01332 322655
 
Keeping in touch
Now might be a good time to connect with us via our Facebook Group, we'll post more details of things going on and any changes to our plans going forward. You can find us on Facebook at: facebook.com/groups/jubileederby 
 
The following pages provide helpful information about COVID-19:
 
·       The NHS overview of COVID 19 (coronavirus)
·       NHS FAQs including advice on self-isolation
·       Government information page (updated daily)
·       The Government’s action plan
 
With much love from
The Jubilee Leadership Team

If you don't know how to pray or who to pray for during this time here are some suggestions from Pete Grieg of 24-7 Prayer:

LORD JESUS, we ask you to protect us from the coronavirus. You are powerful and merciful; let this be our prayer -

“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” (Ps‬ ‭57:1‬)

JEHOVAH SHALOM, Lord of Peace, we remember those living in coronavirus hotspots and those currently in isolation. May they know your presence in their isolation, your peace in their their turmoil and your patience in their waiting. Prince of Peace, you are powerful and merciful; let this be their prayer -

 “May your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need. Help us, God our Saviour, for the glory of your name.”
‭‭(Ps‬ ‭79:8)

GOD OF ALL COMFORT AND COUNSEL, we pray particularly for those who are grieving because of this virus, reeling from the sudden loss of loved-ones. May they somehow know your fellowship in their suffering, your comfort in their loss, and your hope in their despair. We name before you those known to us who are vulnerable and scared - the frail, the sick and the elderly. [pause] We also remember those doctors, pastors and family-members who are caring for all such people right now. God of all Comfort, you are powerful and merciful; may this be our prayer -

 “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.” ‭‭(2 Cor‬ ‭1:10‬)

JEHOVAH RAPHA, God who heals, we pray for all medical professionals dealing daily with the intense added pressures of this crisis. Grant them resilience in weariness, discernment in diagnosis, and compassion upon compassion as they care. We thank you for the army of researchers cooperating towards a cure - give them clarity, serendipity and unexpected breakthroughs we pray. Rise Sun of righteousness, above this present darkness with healing in your rays. You are powerful and merciful; may this be our prayer -

“Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jer‬ ‭32:17‬)

GOD OF ALL WISDOM, we pray for our leaders - the WHO and national governments, and local leaders too - heads of schools, hospitals and other institutions. Since you have positioned these people in public service for this hour, we ask you to grant them wisdom beyond their own wisdom to contain this virus, faith beyond their own faith to fight this fear, and strength beyond their own strength to sustain vital institutions through this time of turmoil. God of all Wisdom and Counsel, you are powerful and merciful; may this be our prayer -

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear” (Ps‬ ‭46:1-2‬)

“Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.” ‭‭(Ps‬ ‭91:3-7‬)

“Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.” (Psalm‬ ‭4:1‬)

May El Shaddai, the Lord God Almighty who loves you protect you. May Jesus Christ, His Son who died for you save you. And may the Holy Spirit who broods over the chaos and fills your life with peace, intercede for you and in you for others at this time.

“The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (2 Tim‬ ‭4:18‬)