Bishop A Blake’s COVID-19 Update Statement 07-06-20

“… Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.”

Saints in Christ, I am privileged to greet you in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The Lord is good and we will continue to trust Him.

The Coronavirus Pandemic continues to impact our ability to gather together physically in one place but I am pleased to know that the Saints have remained in fellowship whether by correspondence, telephone, video calls and conferencing or social media. I encourage you to continue to faithfully support your local Churches, keep connected with the brethren particularly our senior saints who do not have access to social media. A telephone call every now and then brings great comfort to the soul.

I am pleased to inform you that the Headquarters office has re-opened. We are prayerfully looking forward to the day when we can return to the Sanctuary for worship. However, in light of the ongoing restrictions on places of worship, the Executive Board has taken the decision to cancel all COGIC National meetings scheduled for 2020.

While we anticipate the gradual lifting of the restrictions I would humbly request that we continue to not only follow the safety measures issued by the UK Government but as and when we are permitted to open the Church doors to also follow the guidelines of the local Pastors in consultation with the District Superintendents.

Brethren, the Church doors may be closed at present but Heaven is open, and God’s grace is abundantly flowing. Please do not waste these precious days we have been blessed with. Our calendars are clear, let us use the time wisely to seek the face of the Lord, to walk in God’s way and to do His good will.

“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:8-9

Yours in the Master’s service.

Bishop Alvin Blake