Hope during COVID-19 and beyond

The world as we have known it has changed dramatically in recent days as the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic has spread across the planet, causing much chaos in the process.  Our hearts are no doubt weary, anxious and overwhelmed by the speed at which life is changing for all of us.  This is why we've set up this specific page on our website to provide additional support, encouragement and resources to help you at this time.

We also want to remind you that the Lord loves you and we love you too.  You're not alone.  The Lord will always be our Refuge, our Strength and our Ever-Present Help as we trust and follow Him in these days.

We're all in this together!

Given the unfolding situation related to the Coronavirus, and the fact that we are sadly no longer able to meet as a body of people at Sunday worship gatherings or in weekly activities in the church buildings until further notice, below is a list of measures we've put in place to do all we can to support you, your family, friends and neighbours in these days.  

1.  Need help?  Increasingly we may begin to feel isolated, and it's at these times that fear and panic can impact us. If you are struggling in any way, physically, mentally or spiritually...if you need help and support...if you find yourself in self-isolation and need someone to help collect a prescription of some groceries etc...if you would like to have a chat with someone or be prayed for over the phone, then please contact your elder or the minister of St Andrew's, Mark Johnston, on 07736 769 744.

2.  Keep in touch!  You can stay connected with all that's happening in St Andrew's through the church website and also the church Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/StAndrewsBangor  We also have the St Andrew's Announcements and St Andrew's Prayer What's Apps that are updated regularly (to be added to these, please get in touch with Mark on 07736 769 744).  We plan to add resources week-by-week to the church Facebook page that will help us in our daily bible devotions, in our prayer lives, and as we share faith with our families and friends.

3.  It's good to talk!  We want to encourage you to keep in touch with friends, family, neighbours, and those in the wider church family whom the Lord lays on your hearts.  We can do this very simply by making phone calls and having a chat - this could make the world of difference to someone's day.  Please be aware of the most vulnerable, those who have to self-isolate, those with physical and mental health issues, those with little family support, the elderly, pregnant women and those on low incomes.  Let's love one another well, in Jesus' name.

4.  Bringing God's Word to our homes and our hearts.  Despite not meeting in the church building of St Andrew's for Sunday worship, weill be Live-Streaming a Service of Worship every Sunday at 11am.  These services are streamed live via our Facebook page.  You don't have to be connected to Facebook to avail of this opportunity to worship together with others.  Simply visit www.facebook.com/StAndrewsBangor and as you scroll down the page, you'll see information regarding the Live Streamed service.  It's a good opportunity to bring your family together, around a computer screen or one of your mobile devices, at 11am each Sunday, to worship God together.  If you miss the Livestream we'll also post the full recording afterwards on the St Andrew's Facebook page and on the St Andrew's YouTube channel.  These services will be simple, but hopefully helpful as we seek to worship together 'virtually'. 

If you don't have access to the internet, you can also dial-in to the worship services, by phoning 0131 460 1196 and then dialling in the Meeting ID number when prompted:  597 324 1577 # any time from 10:50am onwards on Sunday mornings.

Please also let you families, friends and neighbours know about these Worship Services and how to connect into them - everyone is welcome to join in.

5.  Love-in-action Team.  We have a 'Love-in-Action' team, made up of individuals in the church family who are willing and able to help those who are vulnerable with practical jobs like picking up shopping, getting urgent supplies to you, posting mail, or making a phone call to see how you're doing.  If you need help in this way, or if you would like to be part of this team, then please get in touch with your elder or Mark on 07736 769 744.

6.  Keep looking to Jesus.  Finally, let me encourage you in these days to look to Jesus, now more than ever - for Jesus is the One who loves us, the One who has died and risen again for us, and the One who calls each of us to trust and follow Him, even through these stormy times that we're living in.  He is the One that says to those who follow Him:

"Don't let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God, and trust also in me.  I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart.  And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.  So don't be troubled or afraid." (John 14:1,27)

"And be sure of this:  I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20)

As we continue to keep looking heavenward, loving the Lord and love each other in these days, have a listen to this wonderful song that reminds us once again to keep turning our eyes to Jesus.