EBENEZER BAPTIST CHURCH MANCHESTER
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:”
17 March 2020
A Letter to the Church of Ebenezer and Friends
Starting from today, all ministries and services at Ebenezer will cease until further notice.
Dear members and friends of Ebenezer Baptist Church,
The past eight weeks have been a time of uncertainty. What seemed to be a new strain of flu, in the Wuhan district of China, has now become a global pandemic. We have seen many reactions to this, ranging from indifference, to mass hysteria, and everything in between. Even in talking with the godly members of our committee, there doesn’t seem to a unified decision on what we should do. The big question for me is this, what do we do? What do I do? Here is what I believe the Lord would have Ebenezer Baptist Church do.
1. Do not fear!
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” ( Tim. 1:7)
We have nothing to fear. We have every reason to be prepared and take precautions for that is simple wisdom, but not to be afraid. Fear stops us from trusting our God. Fear stops us from being able to think. Christian, the very worst thing this coronavirus can do, is to take you Home and that is the place we long for anyway. However, when we fear, we lose joy and an ability to love one another.
2. Love those around you!
“Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40)
Love is to put others needs before your own. This is not a time to cover our heads and keep ourselves from our brothers and sisters in Christ. It is not the time to think “every man for himself”. It is a time to put others’ needs before our own. This will look like many things. Share your toilet roll. Share tins of food. Call and text those who will feel the bitter sting of isolation more strongly than others. Most of all, Pray for each other.
The Prime Minister has recommended that all people of seventy years of age and upwards stay at home and isolate themselves for the next twelve weeks. We must reach out to these souls. It was also recommended that those who have underlying health issues also stay home for the next twelve weeks. We must find ways to love and encourage these people. It was also recommended that all nonessential traveling be stopped immediately, and that social distancing (keeping a six-foot radius away from people) be practiced. In accordance with loving our neighbour, we must ensure that we are not putting the health of the very people we love at risk.
Starting from today, all ministries and services at Ebenezer will cease until further notice. It is my hope that we will have services on Easter Sunday, but it cannot be guaranteed. Please understand this is not a light decision, but one in which I am burdened as being the right decision.
3. Do not neglect the church!
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)
This may seem odd, or even contradictory, considering that we are stopping church services and ministries at Ebenezer. The unusual act of stopping our meetings is not to desert or abandon people, but to love people. As many of you know, our church is not a building or a location, but the Christians that make up the local assembly, you and me. It is easy to go to church, but it is difficult to stay in contact with people during the week. That takes real effort, the kind of effort that we have not excelled at. In a strange way, this time of separation may be the very thing that draws our church together and unites us in a deeper way.
As always, you can contact me at 07969115959 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to serving you in the coming weeks. You can also access our website www.ebenezerbaptist.co.uk to access sermons, see important news, and be able to securely tithe and give as God directs, please contact me for the church banking details for standing order details. Our church Facebook page will also be a place of encouragement and to find the latest church news.
May God richly bless you and may our light shine like it never has before.
Pastor Damian Pickett
Welcome to Ebenzer Baptist Church Manchester
We believe in God, who is the Saviour of the world; who is reaching out to people, offering them the gift of life in its fullness and an opportunity to experience His endless love in every sphere of their lives.
We hope that you’ll see Him amongst us.
Our heart as a church is to Love God and to Love People. This means that we are about engaging with God through his Word and by his Spirit and living out our faith in discipleship and mission.
There are many opportunities to connect with God and with us; there are almost a dozen fellowship groups that meet weekly on different days and at different times! There are a variety of activities for all ages that happen during the week. Our time is very informal but will usually include a time of singing and some time looking at the Bible together. There is a crèche, children's and youth activities during the service.
You are welcome if you have moved into the area or are exploring what the Christian faith is all about or just looking for friends in an amazing but sometimes lonely city. If you would like me to contact you then please fill in our contact form
When & Where We Meet
Our church building address is Linwood Street, Newton Heath, Failsworth M40 1EZ
Sunday morning service 11.00am
Sunday evening service 6:30pm
Wednesday Bible Study 7:30pm
Here you can find the full schedule of our events and services.
We hope to be the most biblical church we possibly can be and hope that our church will be a light in Manchester.
Please take a look at the video below of what God, Jesus & salvation is about