This is the second edition of MOBC’s Pandemic Post, and we trust you’ll find it helpful to hear about the state of play at MOBC. Restrictions are easing, and some activities, like school, have everyone back in attendance. Unfortunately, Sunday church services are not yet possible, but the pastoral team are gathering ideas for how the church will ‘come out from under the doona’ in the weeks ahead. The further easing of restrictions will make room for certain types of social and ministry gatherings and we look forward to things ‘loosening up’.
It’s been an absolute delight to see the extent to which people have continued to engage with each other, and MOBC ministry, during the lockdown. It would have been easy for people to drop the ball during this time, but the church family’s commitment to looking out for each other, zooming Growth Group and Youth, watching our online teaching, and so on, has been a real testimony to our fellowship.
You may have seen some statistics floating around on the internet about increased google searches for topics like ‘prayer’ and ‘hope’. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the statistics but it stands to reason that people would seek out the deeper things of life in a time of disruption. Paul told the Colossian Christians to ‘make the most of every opportunity’ (Col 4:5), and this will be a real challenge for us during the rest of 2020. Are we ready for opportunities to discuss the gospel with people who wouldn’t normally be interested? When church gets back to ‘normal’, will we be ready to receive people who would not normally have stepped inside a church? Will we prepare ourselves to take advantage of the new opportunities for friendship and witness that our online presence may have provided over the months of the lockdown? We must pray and plan toward that kind of readiness.
The work of the gospel goes on during this time, and there will be unique opportunities in the months ahead. Let’s be ready.