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These are indeed challenging times that we are facing as ministers and workers within the South England Conference. The spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus has brought the entire world to a standstill. A number of organizations will be adversely affected because of this virus. Jobs will be lost and people’s livelihood will be at risk.
As a church, we are also impacted by the virus. We are dependent on the generosity of our members to return tithes in order for the church to function. Because of the lockdown, members are not able to return tithe in the usual way during church services. We have given at least 6 options where members can give electronically. However, we are aware that some of our faithful senior members may not be computer literate and as a result the returning of the tithe may become a challenge.
Our conference is in a crisis due to cash flow. We are currently looking into the provisions spelt out in the Chancellor’s, Rishi Sunak’s, statement made last week regarding the Corona Virus job Retention Scheme. As a charity, we believe we should qualify in getting support to pay charity staff. This is being explored with our lawyers at the BUC level for all entities within the Union.
We do not know how long this pandemic will last, neither do we know when the government’s financial provision will become accessible, but we need to take steps to ensure that you, our worker force, are paid on time. In order for this to happen, we are soliciting your cooperation by adhering to the following:
- Cut out all non-essential costs.
- Reduce all non-essential travel. Due to the lockdown and the closure of our churches, we do not expect pastors to be submitting travel budget expenses as done previously.
- Equipment allowance should not be utilised until after the coronavirus.
- PDA’a also should not be accessed until after the coronavirus.
- Cancel all calls / service requests for the foreseeable future.
- Cancel all events for the foreseeable future.
As pastors we would ask you to assist the senior members who may not be able to return their tithe electronically but would prefer to send a cheque or make some other arrangement. Please be available to help them. It is our hope that together, we will get through this difficult time. Thank you for your continued support and prayers.
Dear brothers and sisters:
God's grace and strength to you all. Pastor Robin is hosting a Bible study session this evening by 8:pm. Click on the link below to join the study online
Join Bible StudyMeeting ID: 861 378 7086
Note that this will require downloading and installing Zoom software on your device. We humbly ask that you do this well before the time so that any issues could be attended to before the start of the study.
Looking forward to studying about our loving God's word with you all.
Morning, and God's grace and strength to you all.
Please click here to watch the latest update from the SEC President
Please find in the link below the latest update from Pastor Emmanuel Osei on COVID-19 for your immediate attention.
Please share the link below with all your congregation members and contacts. If your church has group forums such as WhatsApp and other social media networks, share this link with them:
To commemorate this year’s Youth Week of Prayer, we are streaming a live message on Sabbath from our studio by SEC Youth Director, Pastor Anthony Fuller on the link below:
SEC Media (Sabbath Live Streaming) Worship streaming will start from 9:45 am.
Also, on Sabbath evening starting from 5.00 pm, we will be streaming a call to “A time of prayer” led by Conference President, Pastor Emmanuel Osei; Prayer Coordinator, Linda Mukwada; BUC Health Min Director, Sharon Plat-McDonald and SEC Health Min Director, Dr Chidi Ngwaba. Please join us live for this special time of prayer for our nation and the world at https://secmedia.org
Sam O Davies MA, MCIJ, MPRCA, MIIC
Communication & Media Department
South England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
office +44 (4) 1923 232 728 mobile +44 (0) 7773 038 169
25 St. Johns Road, Watford, Herts - WD17 1PZ - United Kingdom
Grace and blessings to you from our God and Savior Jesus Christ
Please below useful links for giving to the Gospel cause during this challenging period
1. Methods for giving
2. Standing order (HSBC Customers)
3. Standing Order (for non-HSBC Customers)
For offerings to SDA Ipswich Church, please use the following bank details :
Sort code: 30-94-55
Account number: 04376928.
God bless you as you do what you can to support God's mission
Blessings and God's grace to you all in these challenging times
We regret to inform you that we will be suspending church services at our local church venue for the next 4 weeks. This is according to the advice given by the British Union Conference (BUC) and South England Conference (SEC) of Seventh-Day Adventists because of the COVID-19 outbreak. We do understand how disappointing this is, but we value the health and well-being of all our members and visitors. We have links on this site where you can join worship online, and during this period, we'll be updating this site with additional links so that everyone can have various options to choose from.
Be encoraged during this challenging period and don't forget Christ's promise in Hebrews 13:5,6 - "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me." Also in Matthew 28:20, Jesus has promised, "...and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."
Pray for the saints, keep the faith, He who has promised is faithful.
Dear Members and Visitors of the ChurchFor the next 4 weeks the local churches will have no members attending and no tithes and offerings will be collected. The SEC has made instruments available by which we can still give faithfully to the Lord and keep our church finances healthy. Please click the following link to watch giving options. https://youtu.be/MY6iWvsM8Nk
Also, see the following links for giving.
6 Ways to Givehttps://secadventist-my.sharepoint.com/:p:/g/personal/tfrias_secadventist_org_uk/EUObopftKEZNu7sRmnePtmgB_Id8BTAnfst6t2W1GAPpNA?e=U1H67DTEXT Giving Church Codeshttps://secadventist-my.sharepoint.com/:x:/g/personal/tfrias_secadventist_org_uk/EVRYFUQY5-FNlfaN3XGhIqwBzbWHSpjzX1_sZds2Sdjz1Q?e=6o2QOfMobile App (Mobicash Simpler Giving) Checklist (Highlighted churches are now ready to roll, contact me ASAP)https://secadventist-my.sharepoint.com/:x:/g/personal/tfrias_secadventist_org_uk/ESPWFXuLT-lNq8XJLfVrP7cBsSJhkcgVs2mbE85wTOLQMg?e=TsdwfiSEC Mobile APP User Guidehttps://secadventist-my.sharepoint.com/:p:/g/personal/tfrias_secadventist_org_uk/ETnrYA6ek5tEjAGRGPO-M8YB04la9xb2bCFXtmy_SPVVSw?e=XTDUgU
May God’s Spirit be with you and protect you against another illness that Satan has developed to hurt the nations and have many loose their souls without having the opportunity to make a decision for Christ Jesus our Lord.With kind regards.Robin