Dear beloved Pastors, staff and members of all our New Restoration Centre Churches,
As you are aware the spread of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) has reached pandemic proportions as declared by the World Health Organization. New Life Restoration Centre will not make light of this pandemic and be careless about the spread of COVID-19. Upon hearing from Pastors in our Group, from government sources and other churches, the following are measures that should be heeded by our New Life Congregations:
Personal hygiene is priority for all in private and public places. Public gatherings have greater risks of spreading the virus. The government warns against assembly of over 250 people. There is no magic in any figure. The key is if anyone is not feeling well, or has any concern, stay away from crowds and not be vulnerable. It is a preventive measure.
For NLRC churches, when congregations are smaller and communications among members are easily reached, self-imposed lockdown is not necessary unless needed in your locality. My approach will be to chat with people and find out where they are at. This is good pastoral care. I believe services on this weekend will be running as normal for most if not all our churches. But do be vigilant, watch and pray and see how things develop in the coming week and weeks.
New Lifers, your safety and health should be of high priority. Please act wisely on behalf of yourself and your family. Besides physical care, we should take care of ourselves spiritually. Pray out of faith and not out of fear. Not in presumptuous triumphalism, let us look to Jesus and to our heavenly Father who rules the entire universe. The world is shaken but we are in His kingdom that cannot be shaken.
This is the time for Kingdom Families in action. I had a sense in 2016 that one day public gatherings may be curbed. In my book, I wrote that even if congregations cease to gather, the ecclesia carries on because God’s people are not confined to the church system we experience today. I did not anticipate that this “one day” could be today. If congregations are shut down, families can never be shut down. Families are God’s kingdom vehicles for His heavenly reign on earth. It starts with “Heaven in your Home” as I proclaimed it in January 2020. Mums and Dads please call your children together in your own family altar and pray for one another. Read aloud Psalm 91 for all the family. Pray for the nation, the frontline personnel in health and medical services, and the virus to stop. Read scriptures at home aloud to find faith and defeat fear. Cell Groups are encouraged if congregations are not able to meet. Temporarily, use my YouTube messages on ‘Heaven in your Home’ series to feed the flock and for prayer and reflection. We will all come out of this stronger.
Pastor Jeremiah Yap
Group Senior Pastor
New Life Restoration Churches