Being church when we can't meet at church
Whilst we are unable to meet together in our church building, we want to continue to offer spiritual support to folk through the ministry of BRBC. We will be recording a brief weekly service of worship that will be available here.
We would encourage everyone to ‘tune in’ at 10.30 on Sunday morning or 6.30 on Sunday evening, so that we still get a sense of being part of a worshipping community, even if we are in our own homes. If you know of anyone who is anyone is not able to access the services on-line, please let us know and we'll add them to our list to deliver an audio CD.
Between Easter and Pentecost, we are inviting everyone to contribute to complete the sentence "Because Jesus is alive..." to take part and see what others have said please click here.
We shall also seek to regularly post reflections, readings, prayers, messages, etc. both here (see below) and on our Facebook page @BRBCHorsham, so please like our page and follow us there. We want to find good ways to encourage and support one another in these days ahead and we welcome your interaction.
We will continue to email a slimmed down version of the weekly bulletin to those who have signed up to receive it. The most recent version is here and if you wish to receive this by e-mail but have not yet signed up to, church members can sign up here, or please email the office.
The most recent version of the Prayer Diary is available here and Mission Lines (news of those we support working abroad) here. Church members can use the link above to receive a notification when new versions are posted or you can e-mail the office.
It's been encouraging to see how people at BRBC are really supporting each other through this time. So that we can make sure that everyone who is in need of contact and support is pincluded, please let us know, if you haven't already, who you are contacting and supporting and if you would like support, whether it's a phone call for a chat or someone to help with shopping, please let us know.
You can still call the office (01403 211150) on weekdays between 9.30am and 4.30pm or e -mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to support anyone who needs help.
The good news is that God doesn’t do social distancing. At a time when we are all encouraged to keep each other at more than arms’ length, it is good to know that God’s presence is at our side wherever we go, whatever we do.
Here is the latest message from Tim and you can find previous messages here
Jesus said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me’ (Mt. 28:18). In the grip of the coronavirus pandemic, with hundreds of people dying every day and the country in lockdown, do we find those words comforting or disturbing? To what extent is Covid-19 under his control?
Theologians draw a distinction between God’s active and permissive will: God ordains that some things should happen, and he allows other things to happen. If someone dies from the virus, is that God’s ‘good, pleasing and perfect will’ for them (Rom. 12:2)? If so, why try to contain the virus at all? Understanding how a pandemic works means that we have moved beyond ascribing such misfortunes to the inscrutable will of God. We can be grateful for scientific explanations of how the virus developed and how it spreads.
Yet if Jesus is Lord, why do we have the virus? We need to recognise that although he reigns now, the day is yet to come when every enemy is made subject to him, and the last enemy to be destroyed is death (1 Cor. 15:25- 26). One day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Phil. 2:11): that is God’s ultimate, unshakeable purpose. Meanwhile we grapple with the reality that here and now death is still at large in our world.
That does not mean that God has temporarily lost control of the situation. Covid-19 did not catch him by surprise: he knew it was coming. God could snap his fingers and stop the virus in its tracks, but within the scope of his overall sovereignty, God has given us the gift of freedom, and he has done so because it was always part of his plan and purpose that we should be agents who cooperate with his Spirit to bring order into chaos, and in a fallen and damaged world to bring healing, peace and life.
So we pray for NHS workers, and carers, and scientists, and all those working on the front line for good. And in our own small way we can all play our part as we learn how to be emotionally close to people while we are physically distant from them.
And because all authority has been given to Jesus, we do this with confidence, knowing that whatever we face, whatever we go through, he is with us every single day (Mt 28:20), and because he is in charge, we do not need to be afraid.