“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Hebrews 3.13)

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5.11)

As we are adjusting and readjusting to this unfolding situation – we are trying, as best we can, we stay as connected as we can. Our of the things a lot of us are using for this is WhatsApp (it’s a free app that is free to use). We have a large WhatsApp group for people from members Bethel – if you’d like to join it, please do let me know.

I know that a lot of our Small Groups have set up WhatsApp groups to share in touch with each other – but if you’re not in a Small Group and would value being connected to a few people from Bethel, free feel to suggest setting it up with a few of your friends, or if you’d prefer to – you can let me know and I will connect those people not already in a Small Group together into brand new groups of their own.

Teaching Staff @Bethel

One WhatsApp group we have started is for teaching staff at Bethel – teachers, classroom assistants, support staff, lecturers, etc. basically anyone involved in education who would value a space to share information, ideas, and support for each other in these trying and ever changing times. If that applies to you, and you would like to be part of that group, please let me know.

Caring Staff @Bethel

Another WhatsApp group we have also started is for anyone involved in Health and Social Care in any capacity. Again, if you would value being a part of that please just let me know.

For info on other groups click here.

 

I do want to add that I do understand that being a part of too many groups can be overwhelming, and so there is naturally no pressure whatsoever to have to join another group if you’re already feeling connected or if you find yourself struggling with information overload! In these strange times we will all need to learn new ways of connecting that are healthy, and at a pace that will be a blessing and not a burden!

 

Whether you use WhatsApp or prefer texting, whether you’re a facebooker, instragammer or simply prefer to pick up the telephone – ask yourself: ‘Who could I encourage today?’. Even as our normal ways of connecting are restricted: ‘How can I bless and support someone today?’

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3.15-17)

“Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2 Corinthians 13.11)