Dear WPCMV family,
On the 19th March, and in line with many churches across Australia, we made the decision to suspend all public gatherings with immediate effect and until further notice. This includes morning and evening services, Kids Church and Discoverers youth group, craft and quilting groups, Men’s Breakfasts and Equip training. Bible Study Groups will continue entirely at the discretion of those groups – please be in touch with your Bible Study Group leader (contact details are listed in the bulletin). Bible Study Groups remain our best vehicle of practical care in our church. KICK youth group will hold its last Bible study tonight (20th March) until further notice.
These decisions have not been made lightly and are driven by love for others and their wellbeing. As social distancing seems to be the only feasible solution to at least slowing the spread of COVID-19, we want to protect our own people from infection, slow community transmission and support our healthcare system, which is under stress.
For now please take note of the following in regard to Sunday services:
We are planning shortened morning and evening online services that can be accessed via our website (wpcmv.net). For those without online access, we plan to make and deliver DVD recordings of the services. The services will be made available on our website at 10am and 6pm each Sunday in the hopes of encouraging everyone to maintain a regular time of corporate worship where we all join together in prayer at the same time, even though we cannot meet together physically.
In all this we are reminded that our only hope in life and death is that we are not our own, but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Saviour Jesus Christ. Consider these words from Keith Mathison:
The world is fearful and anxious, but it is fearful and anxious about the wrong things. The world is fearful about the economy. The world is fearful about retirement accounts. The world is fearful about natural disasters and man-made disasters. The world is fearful of terrorism, and the world is fearful of diseases like the coronavirus. The world, however, is not fearful of God. Jesus tells us that we are not to fear those who can kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead we are to fear God who can destroy both (Matt. 10:28).Keith mathison
Praise God that in Christ we have nothing to fear, for as the message of Easter reminds us, he gave up His life for us on the cross to cleanse us from our sin, and brings new life to all who turn to Him. In this time, our prayer is that our God and King may keep you from harm as He watches over you.
On behalf of Session