So Covid-19 Changes Our World.

We are certainly living in very strange says. Covid 19 is already changing the face of the church and the face of the world. While many talk about the church being “Shut down” actually it is only “places of worship” that are shut down, the people of God remain the people of God and the church still exists all be it in different circumstances.
The COVID-19 epidemic already seems to be making us rethink what we do, who we meet with and indeed even where we go. But as Christians how should we respond .

Fear Not

Firstly we must NOT be driven by fear?

Psalm 27:1 says, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

There are lots of people who are being driven by fear but as Christians we are told to “Fear Not” … Let us not forget that God is still God, He has not changed and neither has His Word. He can give you peace in impossible situations.
Philippians 4:6+7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God (7) and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”

Find Safety

As we see COVID-19 presenting a threat to so many things, threatening life, health, work, finances and so much more we need to be wise and make wise decisions.
Proverbs 13:20 “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed”
At the strange time we need to consider the advice of the wise, those who understand what is going on. Currently our government is advising social distancing and in some cases self isolation and shielding of those who are vulnerable. I personally do not believe they say that lightly or with some ulterior motive, they want to help people avoid catching COVID-19. Yes it seems to disrupt our daily life, our relationships, our economy, and so much more but if we are wise we will come through it quicker and healthier!

Love your neighbor as yourself

The effects of COVID-19 are widespread. Currently we see whole countries shutting down schools, businesses, cinemas, restaurants and large and small gatherings of people. Already there we are seeing people who are self-quarantining at home who may not have the food, medicines, and supplies and may not be able to get them through the 14 day quarantine.

Jesus meant it when he said, “Love your neighbour as yourself,”, as Christians we cannot ignore the needs and vulnerabilities of those who live around us. If the disease is not likely to be fatal to you, then you are still responsible to not spread it so that the elderly or weaker people around you contract it. Loving your neighbour also means checking on your elderly neighbour, perhaps bringing food and medication to someone struggling to get out. Loving your neighbour may mean picking up a phone, sending an email, contacting someone who may be lonely or feeling depressed. Loving your neighbour means caring about those around you.

Join with Christians throughout the ages who lived as heroes when their neighbors needed them most. Join with Jesus who “did not consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,” Philippians 2:6-7.


A quick look back at our journey so far

We spend most of our time looking forward, thinking about our hopes and dreams, but what about the past ? Where we started from ! Where we are now. How can we measure where we are without understanding where we have come from ?

St Luke’s Church has been on quite a journey. It started back in the late 20’s when the church was first started by a group of Christians from South Kirkby. They were walking up to 20 miles every Sunday to attend church. They decided they wanted a local church and so the journey began.
Eventually that small group of believers managed to purchase some land on Mill Lane, South Kirkby where they began to build. Mount Carmel Pentecostal Church was built. Local believers from South Kirkby and the surrounding area had a place to call home.
Some years later the church purchased a house for their pastor to live in and the church began to grow. Under the tutelage of Pastor Selwyn Hughes in the 1950’s the church continued to grow. It was during Selwyn’s tenure a great Sunday School was developed as well as many different outreach programmes. Of course Selwyn left and the church continued on with the work albeit without his dynamism.
After numerous pastor’s had come and gone our current pastor, Pastor Martyn Sullivan joined the church in 1992. The church had suffered many problems and still had more to face but stability was needed. By 1996 a new leadership team was in place, the congregation had improved and the church had begun a new journey. During a prayer time Pastor Martyn experienced a vision which he believed was from God showing an angel walking down the main road from South Kirkby to South Elmsall. He believed that God was showing him that the church would move from South Kirkby to South Elmsall. What has followed has been incredible.
In 1996 the first step of that journey was the purchase of the former job centre on Barnsley Rd, South Kirkby. In 2000 the church purchased the former council offices on Carlton Rd, South Elmsall and then in 2014 the church purchased the former Methodist Church on Barnsley Rd, South Elmsall.
Today the church is very different. It has 2 nurseries, a cafe, a youth centre as well as a recording studio. All of those were at one time just a vision, a dream, something that we wanted to do but didn’t have either the space or the money to create. We have indeed come a long way. Of course there is much more to do and many more people need to hear the wonderful gospel message. Looking back and seeing where we have come from and remembering how God has indeed led us and provided for us gives us hope for our future, Why? Because He who promised is faithful.


A look back in time.

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