newLife & COVID-19
Hi, we’re so glad you’re here.
You may have seen on our social media pages as of late that we are working hard behind the scenes to work in keeping with current government recommendations. Initially we put in some extra hygiene procedures in place both at the church building itself, as well as at The Lighthouse and Gifted; our two residential community projects.
We are committed to the safety, health and well-being of not only those that worship with us but of Scunthorpe as a whole and so for that reason we have taken the following action. We we will be ceasing all formal gatherings with immediate effect; this includes our Lent Courses, Sunday Services, as well as our greatly anticipated Family Feast next month.
Our Christian scriptures speak of the church being ‘the light of the world’. Even in this time of uncertainty we are hopeful. We are hopeful (and perhaps even a little excited) at what this will mean for the local church. If we are one big light when we have been gathered together, then we wonder at how we also might be a light in the world even in the absence of big gatherings. We’re excited at the prospect of being less like a floodlight, and more like the humble tea light. Our hope is that as we close the doors to most of our gatherings that we learn to open up new ways of bringing light into our community.
Our existing community projects meet an essential need at a local level and so, at this time, we have taken the decision to continue these with revised procedures. Open House – our weekly hot meal for the homeless – will still run at 6PM each wednesday from the church building, but will only be providing a takeaway service rather than the usual sit down meal. Gifted and The Lighthouse, as residential programs will remain open and we are looking at contingencies for staffing in the coming weeks and months.
We’ve also launched a new service that is designed to specifically help those who are vulnerable or self-isolating with symptoms. We are prepared to fetch and deliver groceries, call for a friendly chat, or simply be a number you can call in your time of need. We’ll be releasing more about this as we go, but for now – if you are self-isolating do let us know by visiting www.newlifechurch.uk/connect and select ‘self-isolation’ from the menu.
We are determined to make kindness viral in the coming weeks and months as we continue to work out the implications of Coronavirus in our community. We’ll communicate clearly if things change from the steps above and look out online for a new style Sunday Service, as well as other features, in the coming days if you are in the habit of worshipping with us regularly.