By now you will all be aware of the steps taken and announced by our President in the battle against the spread of the Corona Virus (Covid19) We are grateful to God for the wisdom and courage that has enabled our leaders to act decisively.
Given that we are more than 100 people, we will, from Sunday, 22nd March, no longer be able to gather as usual.
More than sticking to the letter of the law though, we want to follow advice gleaned from numerous sources indicating that disciplined social distancing will have a great effect on reducing the rate of Covid19 infections within our community. This means we are for the time being ending all activities which involve groups.
We would rather err on the side of caution out of concern for many in our community both church and local who, due to underlying health conditions, could face death if they are exposed to Covid19.
We will do this till at least after Easter but we have no idea how long this crisis will last. God knows.
This limitation provides an opportunity for us to build Church@home. Church@home is the opportunity for you, family and friends to meet around God’s word via a pre-recorded service which includes reading, prayer and preaching – delivered to you by the end of each week. More info will follow in Friday’s ‘HT Weekly’ email.
In order to keep good habits, we encourage you to do Church@home at the same time as your usual service attendance at 10am on Sundays. You may consider using this as an opportunity to invite over a church member or two who you know does not have access to Wifi and would find this limited social interaction beneficial.
We will also be sending devotional material, material for parents to use with children as part of the Sunday school program along with regular ideas and resources to help you in your spiritual growth.
There are many at Holy Trinity who do not have a family to support them in a time like this. The Growth Groups are critical in this situation. Growth Groups will be serving as pastoral hubs for the care and encouragement of those who are involved in them. If you are not in such a group we would like to help you find a group as a matter of urgency. Please contact any of us on staff in this regard.
Growth Group teaching will continue via the medium of Zoom. Zoom is an online facility which enables groups of people to participate together in online discussion. We will have the opportunity to discuss the Bible together using this. For Zoom you will need either a smart phone, tablet or laptop/PC with access to WiFi. If you are in a Growth Group someone in that group will contact you to ensure you can set up Zoom.
The Bible study material will also be sent through ahead of time for you to work through on your own/as a couple should you not have access to Wifi. Our deep concern is for us to hold on to our times set aside for the study of God’s word.
What is He doing through this turmoil? One thing we know for certain, the certainty of death and the uncertainty of wealth and possessions have been clearly revealed. There are many who, while they are seeking to prepare themselves for Covid19, who are daily concerned about share portfolios and investments, have made absolutely no preparation for eternity. They are in the greatest need.
There will be many in our Church community who will go through some form of financial hardship. Please keep your eyes open for needs and don’t stop contributing to the ministry of HeartStrings. This ministry depends on your gifts of food.
Please complete this questionnaire to help us asses your needs as well as areas where you may be able to serve in this time. Expect that God will use you and your gifts to build up the body, to serve Gods people and to reach out to those without Christ. Be ready to be used and pray expecting God to work through you.
Any situation like the one we face at the moment can cause us to be overcome by fear and uncertainty. But it is also an opportunity for us to grow in our faith in and dependence on the Lord. We know that the Lord will use this for the growth of His people and for the conversion of others. Let us be much in prayer for this outcome!
Please do not forget to pray for the Beadles in Central Asia and Tanya in the Middle East at this time. Please also be aware of the difficult situation many of our CPUT and UCT students face as they have to vacate their student residences. Pray for wisdom for Student Y staff Rob and Trevor, Coby & Pamela with Reach students UCT and Grant & Lokie with Reach students NMU.
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WHERE THE GOSPEL IS LIVED
Holy Trinity Church, Gardens, is the mother Church of our denomination, the Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church of South Africa (REACH – South Africa). As such, our gospel heritage extends back to 1846 when the original Church building was erected. Our rich history of Bible teaching and proclamation continues to this day — holding fast to our Protestant, reformed, and evangelical heritage, while actively striving to present the gospel of Jesus Christ in a manner that is relevant to today’s society.
At Holy Trinity you will find a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, bible-teaching church. We have a number of growth groups that meet around the City Bowl and beyond. We have a well established student ministry. A vibrant and growing children’s ministry. We have a heart for seeing that people coming into Holy Trinity know God, are Growing in His word and are trained and equipped to Go out and share it with others.
Sunday: 10:00 – 12:00
The Epic Kids programme (3yrs – Gr 7) runs at the same time as the 10am service. Children (3yrs – Grade 4) can be taken directly to the various Epic Kid venues on arrival and fetched from the venues at the end of the service.
Children in Grades 5-7 join the service for the first 15min and are signed in with their leader in the pew. They are then to be signed out at the downstairs minor hall at the end of the service.