At the beginning of lockdown, I felt that as Christians we were called to pray, to not panic and to show what is different when you have Jesus in times of uncertainty.
As lockdown begins to ease, and new guidelines are announced, I think that these three things are important for us to continue.
Pray for our country
We need to pray for the vulnerable and those at risk to the coronavirus, and for strength, energy and protection for those working in the NHS and other key workers. We need to pray for wisdom for the prime minister and other leaders as they make difficult decisions, and for employees on furlough as many are returning to work. Let us also pray for Leicester as the city faces a local lockdown and increased uncertainty.
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Be a non-anxious presence
The church needs to not panic and should be a non-anxious presence during this time of crisis. We need to stand out as different to the world, being brave and kind to those around us, as we continue to serve our communities.
For many church leaders, it is challenging to know if they should return to their church buildings when they reopen on 4 July. We have produced an FAQ for church leaders to help them understand government guidelines and the best way to reopen their churches, if they wish to do so. We are also producing a series of resources as part of our changing church toolkit, you can check out the latest finance resources below.
Find out more about the FAQs for churches re-opening
Show what is different when we have Jesus in times like this
As Christians, we cannot miss the opportunity to show the difference Jesus makes in our lives during times of uncertainty. I have personally been challenged to be hopeful and realistic, as we continue to stand on the rock of ages. How do we hold ourselves differently in times like this because of the hope and peace Jesus brings?
Read my article ‘No time like now’ on page 32 of idea, available in print and online.
Let us, together, continue to be hope and light to those around us as we pray for and help our country at this time.