One Year Since The First COVID Lockdowns – Is There Any Hope?
As we pause and reflect on this past year as well as consider the ongoing pandemic, some may feel there is finally a slight cause for hope. But what is it we are hoping for?
Are we just hoping for this horrible virus to go away or for enough people to gain immunity? Are we hoping for life to go back to normal?
“There is nothing wrong hoping for those things; but even if that happened…there are still lots of troubles that simply will not go away.”
Other illnesses will continue to claim lives.
Death may still take a loved one or any of us at a moments notice.
And many will continue to suffer with loneliness, worry and despair.
But there is a Hope!
That hope is in Jesus Christ.
For the Christian, God speaks of this hope being “within you.”
If you are born-again and have Jesus as your Saviour, God says you will have a “living hope” that will never “fade away” in this life or for all eternity.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 1:3-5
To discover more about this hope, listen to a special Bible study we did one year on from the pandemic.
Each year it is a real joy to ask church members and friends to share what photos they have taken across Mid Wales to feature in our annual Mid Wales calendar. Despite the challenges of this past year, we expect these photos will not disappoint!
Below are a few examples from this year’s calendar which are matched both with a line from a Christian hymn and also a verse from the Scriptures.
We are currently distributing copies of this calendar to friends, families, neighbours and people we meet. Of course we also have copies available at the church for those who join us on our meetings at the Rock Baptist.
If you haven’t received a copy and would like one, feel free to contact us. Don’t worry, it’s not being cheeky; this calendar is meant as a free gift from our church to you!
We trust this calendar reminds you of the beauty that God has created for us here in Mid Wales and of the timeless truth and free offer of grace that God offers you within His Holy Word.
In our third week of Welsh lockdown, please see our twenty-third “virtual update” as we spend this Sunday at home. This week’s update includes two videos – a short children’s address and a new sermon. As always there are also some suggested hymns for your worship at home.
Find out a bit about rainbows and remembrance this Sunday!
In this week’s sermon, we consider the endurance demonstrated by saints of old and required of all who profess faith in Christ today. You can either watch the video link below or click to hear just the audio of this sermon. Also there is a link to our main sermon page as well.
You might also like to listen to these suggested hymns: “Far Off I See the Goal“ sung by Llanelli Free Evangelical Church “A Debtor to Mercy Alone“ sung by the Metropolitan Tabernacle
Next week, God willing we shall return to our in-person services at the Rock Baptist Church and we will be posting online sermon recordings after the service. Further details to be announced in due course. Please get in contact with us if there is any way we as a church can help you during these days.
In our second week of Welsh lockdown, please see our twenty-second “virtual update” as we spend this Sunday at home. This week’s update includes two videos – a short children’s address and a new sermon. As always there is also a suggested hymn.
Find out about a lesson in leaves from this week’s children’s address.
In this week’s sermon, we consider what Jesus had to say about God the Father and Himself and how we should understand and worship our Triune God. You can either watch the video link below or click to hear just the audio of this sermon. Also there is a link to our main sermon page as well.
As we are now locked down in Wales, please see our twenty-first “virtual update” as we spend this Sunday at home. This week’s update includes a new audio sermon and suggested hymn.
In this week’s sermon, we will return to Jesus Sermon on the Mount and consider what lessons we can learn through the mountain itself. Click the link below to listen to this latest sermon or visit our Sermon page to listen to more.
Due to the ruling of the Welsh Government which bans churches from having normal services during this Wales-wide lockdown, we are having to cancelall our public services for the next 3 Sundays (25th Oct, 1st Nov, 8th Nov).
As a church we are disappointed by this decision.
We are disappointed…
…as we cannot see the evidence between a rise in Covid-19 and people’s attendance in churches.
…as this ruling is inconsistent with what is done in the rest of the United Kingdom, where churches are allowed to remain open.
…as we have sought to make every reasonable effort to make things as safe as possible in the current climate.
…as we know how vital it is in a time of crisis for people to come to a church to find support – practical, mental and most importantly spiritual.
In short, we believe that the church is essential.
We are earnestly praying that the Welsh Government accepts this as well and lifts this ban on churches as soon as possible.
In the meantime
We are grateful that we can still offer a measure of online ministry. We will be posting Sunday sermons and potentially other online recordings to our website throughout this time.
We are also planning, God willing, to return to our normal “socially-distanced” worship services directly after this lockdown finishes.
We are planning for a Remembrance Day Prayer Meeting on Wednesday, 11th November at 7:30pm. This will be followed by our first return to worship after this lockdown on Sunday 15th November at 11:00am.
All these services we intend to hold at the Rock Baptist Church, but we will wait until we see the latest government guidelines before we confirm our final plans.
To pray with us as we seek God’s wisdom in these challenging days and to contact us online or over the phone if we can be of any help and support to you.
Latest Update: We thank the Lord that in answer to many prayers, the Welsh Government has lifted its ban on church worship following the end of the Welsh-wide “fire break” lockdown, allowing us to resume socially-distanced worship as before.
As of 9th August, we are delighted to be holding in-person (socially-distanced) church worship services at the Rock Baptist Churcheach Sunday at 11am.
For further details on why we are now meeting at the Rock instead of our usual meeting place, please see our notice posted on 2nd August.
Space is limited for these new services as we must maintain 2-metre distancing throughout the chapel, but we are trying to accommodate both those of our congregation and the Rock Baptist, as well as those who request to visit with us.
Audio recorded sermons are now being placed on our Sermons page. Do follow this link below where you should find updates of our latest Sunday sermons.
We are also exploring if we can post video and/or full audio recordings of our services and will be posting details about that as soon as we can get that fully organised.
If you’re interested in attending next Sunday’s service at the Rock Baptist Church, please contact us before attending.
In the absence of normal services, please see our twentieth “virtual update” as we spend this Sunday at home. This week’s update includes a new audio sermon and suggested hymn.
In this week’s sermon, we will consider the life of King Hezekiah who helped the nation of Judah restore worship in his day – which is fitting for us as a church as we prepare for worship being restored in the coming week. Click the link below to listen to this latest sermon or visit our Sermon page to listen to more.
After 20 weeks of lockdown and spending each Sunday at home, we are delighted for the opportunity to return to worship the Lord together as a fellowship.
Having said that, we note that in order to comply with the legal requirements of social distancing measures, our current building was simply not suited for this purpose and left us with near impossible challenges.
We are thankful however that the Lord seems to have provided us Providentially with a solution.
For over a year now we have been assisting the nearby Rock Baptist Church in holding monthly services. These services also along with ours had to be cancelled in March 2020 due to lockdown.
However with thanks to members at the Rock Baptist, we are grateful for the opportunity to temporarily use their building as a suitable place for worship while the social distancing measures remain in place.
The Rock Baptist Church is a much larger building to our own and will work much better as we seek to implement the 2 metre social distancing requirements and worship the Lord together safely.
We will be posting detailed guidance to those of our own fellowship this week and will publish further details online of what to expect and how to reserve a space in the near future.
For those who will be unable to join us on this date, we will still be posting online recordings, which will be available after the Sunday service as soon as possible.
In the meantime, do be in prayer for us as a fellowship as we prepare for our first return to gathered worship and feel free tocontact us if you have any further questions at this time.