On 23 March 2020, we were advised that all places of worship were to be shut down due to the present crisis of COVID-19. Now more than ever do we need to be reminded of the words of Hebrews 13:5-6 as they are imported into our context:
God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid….”
And we believe that with all our heart, especially when the world seems to be melting away!
In addition to “places of worship” being suspended until further notice, we are strongly advising to discontinue Bible studies in homes as well. As a result, we have moved all our Bible studies onto an online platform, Zoom.
We are encouraging every St Phils member to join an online group
The zoom platform enables us to achieve our objectives which we outlined from the beginning of the coronavirus crisis:
- Zoom allows us to continue teaching and encouraging God’s people in His Word.
- Zoom help us to establish a strong culture of interaction and sharing which promotes love and care for one another.
- Zoom allows us to pray together in our small group or in the combined larger group of all Bible study groups meeting at the same time.
- By meeting via Zoom, we comply with the directives of NSW Health and other governing bodies.
We have plenty of options if you want to meet in small groups with other people in our church community. Our mid-week study groups are all currently meeting on our Zoom platform and meet throughout the week at at various times throughout the day.