16 March 2020 16:01
As a Christian community, committed to demonstrating God’s love for those around us, we have to be conscious of the times we are living in and our approach to life and ministry.
At YWAM Holmsted Manor, we would like to reassure you that we are taking the unfolding situation regarding COVID-19 seriously. We are closely monitoring the situation and continually assessing how we can best follow directives from the UK Government and the World Health Organisation.
As we monitor the situation, we will be reviewing decisions regarding our involvement with local ministries, overseas outreaches and functions within the community. From this point forward, we will be minimising non-essential external activity. Crossover street kitchen and our involvement with the Brighton and Hove Churches Night Shelter will continue in a moderated capacity until the government recommendations state otherwise.
We are committed to doing our utmost to ensure we put the safety and wellbeing of our community first; both of those living at Holmsted Manor and those in our wider local community, especially those who are elderly, vulnerable or at risk in our vicinity.
With the ever-changing nature of this situation, please note that we will aim to update this statement as the guidance changes.
As in all things, we invite you to join us in returning to prayer in the midst of the pandemic:
Lord Jesus, in these times of uncertainty would you grant us your peace that goes beyond our circumstances. We ask for your love to cast out all fear and that we would respond with hearts full of compassion.
For those most vulnerable in our society, we ask for your protection over them in mind, body, soul and spirit.
For those self-isolating, may they know your presence and that with you, we are never alone. Lord, would you grant them security in the unknown.
For those working in the medical profession, would you bless them with energy, patience, resilience and compassion as they care for those most in need.
For those making decisions, including our governments and the WHO, grant them with wisdom beyond their own.
For those experiencing unexpected grief, we ask for you to place your loving arms of comfort around families and friends who’ve lost loved ones.
As your church, we humble ourselves before you; trusting in your everlasting goodness and kindness towards humanity.
We ask you to lead us in how we can reflect Christ to those who are suffering amid this crisis. Would we look to the interests of others before ourselves, and love one another as you have loved us.
The kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever.
For more information, see the websites below of the WHO and the UK government.