But, brothers, when we were torn away from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did again and again—but Satan stopped us. For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ when he comes? Is it not you? Indeed, you are our crown and glory. (1 Thessalonians 2:17-20)
Sadly, due to Coronavirus, almost all church meetings in April have been cancelled or postponed. If this changes, we will attempt to inform you. But as the magazine is compiled, the situation seems very serious.
But that should not stop us from doing God’s work. As you will read, it is hoped that some services may be streamed online or recorded and placed on the website; details are not yet available but maybe you will hear from others. Do look at the church website www.christchurchstone.org
Perhaps also, we could use more old-fashioned methods of communication; the telephone, or even a letter! Pick up the telephone or a pen and get in touch with somebody you are thinking about. Many will be feeling lonely or anxious at this time and will be very glad to receive a call or a letter. And we can pray for each other.
Some people may be so afraid to leave the house that they run out of essential food supplies. We should not allow this to happen because we forgot about a neighbour, friend or member of the congregation living close to us.
It has also become clear during the recent week, just who are the people who hold our society together– carers, cleaners, delivery workers, supermarket staff, teachers, nurses, binmen, 111 telephonists. Let’s not forget. Dave Bell