Praise Church Official Letter
Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfil my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phil 2:1-4
RE: Praise Church Gatherings in Covid 19 Level 3
Greetings in Jesus name. Peace, love and joy be upon you and your household. Thank you foryour prayers, support and encouragement during these challenging times. I pray that our church family is in a spiritually strong place, especially after completing a week of Fasting & Prayer and anointing of family during our online service, this past Pentecost Sunday. We as your Pastors are committed to serving you and helping you through these challenging days that we are all navigating through.
In response to our President’s decision to allow Church gatherings with strict protocols and restrictions, we have sought counsel and have evaluated all options. More importantly, we have sought God for clear direction in this matter. We therefore inform you that we as a church will not be gathering at this point for our Sunday Worship Celebration. As a Church Family your safety and protection is our first priority. We also have to consider the safety of the children in the school that we temporarily worship in (Lyndhurst Primary School).
Therefore we are pleased to inform you that we will be continuing with our Sunday morning Church Online Celebration @ 9:30am on Facebook Live (PRAISECHURCHSA). This broadcast is also made available on YouTube (PRAISECHURCHSA) and on our website www.praisechurch.co.za. We give glory to God that we have been able to not only reach a good number of our Church Family with the gospel through this medium but our statistics have shown that we have reached in access of 3000 people on our Praise Church SA social media channels. This is fulfilling our mission, “Reaching the World through the love and grace of Jesus Christ, cultivating true worshippers and strengthening families for life”. Our social media celebrations have also been a catalyst for many others as we have been one of the first churches to incorporate others from our church family into our Celebrations.
PS. That we have not taken this decision lightly and we as your Pastors are yearning for the gathering of the saints. Hence in the interest of “not neglecting the gathering of the saints” Heb 10:25, we are calling for regular prayer gatherings on a Sunday directly after the Online Church service @ 11am at our new Church building 38 Jerome Drive, Kloof. You will be notified when we commence these meetings. Necessary protocols still need to be completed in preparation to receive you for these meetings and in order to keep us all safe.
Further to this in the interest of serving our churches spiritual needs, our leaders and myself will be making a call to all our Church members in the next two weeks to find out their well-being and to pray with them over the phone. I am also calling our intercessors together with myself to form a prayer chain, to pray for your needs, spiritual well-being and protection. I inform you that we are available for counselling and prayer over the phone 24/7. Should you need any urgent assistance we will make ourselves available to assist you. In the case of funerals, we are available to assist but kindly note that funerals are restricted to 50 people. Further to this we are now able to perform marriage registrations only and this is restricted to the bridal couple and their two witnesses.
We encourage you to pray for us as a church family, this has been a trying time for our church but I am confident that we will overcome. We thank you for your commitment, loyalty and faithfulness to your spiritual house during this preparing season. We ask you to stand in prayer and financial support to see God’s house completed so we can be ready to receive the end time harvest that I believe is ripe for the plucking.
Thank you Church Family for all you do for the work of the ministry, know that your labour is not in vain. We look forward to seeing you soon in our prayer gatherings. I encourage you to make every effort to join us for our online church to help build you up spiritually. May every family not neglect their worship and prayer together, for a family that prays together, stays together! Kindly share our social media details with your friends and family, create watch parties etc. and do your part to spread the gospel.
We look forward to greater days, May the grace of the triune God be your portion loved ones now and even till Jesus comes.
Our Love, Prayer of Protection & Peace
Over you and your house,
Pastors Brenden & Lushy Naidoo