This information below acknowledges the President’s address on the 26 May 2020.

·         We recognize that churches are allowed to reopen for gathering under prescribed regulations.

·         We are assessing the regulations and their affect on gathered ministry.

·         The announcement last night carries complexities which need to be processed.

·         We will be advising you of our way forward in the coming week.

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

Ephesians 4:1-6 NIV

As South Africa begins to open back up, we remain committed to following the leadership of our President, and listening to the experts from the medical community. We’ve made the decision to do not just what’s legal, but what is wise. Which means we’ll probably be a bit behind what is allowed rather than ahead.

As the President addressed the nation last night and said that churches could reopen under specific guidelines, may I remind us that the church was never closed. We have met online, provided meals and food, gathered online for life groups, called and texted each other, prayed and fasted together, and done all we can to cause no harm by sheltering in place. This was the church openly doing her essential best. What is now available to us is to regather in person!

Our desire is that we would continue to see Anthem move forward in her mission – leading people to life – and we will therefore be continuing to assess whether our ministry one to another, and to our city, can be aided by gathering again with the current regulations in place or whether the regulations are prohibitive to fulfilling our mission, with particular regard to both the human and financial resource required to meet the regulations.

At this time, we are aware that for some, our social need for being together trumps our medical need to be apart, while for others, our medical need to be apart surpasses our social need for being together. With this in mind church, know that when the time comes for us to gather, in whatever shape or form that adds to our mission and community, we will have both sides of the spectrum fully in mind to fulfill our mandate of ministry.

In the coming days, we will keep us all up to speed with our way forward, and until then, may we encourage you to keep pressing in to the One from whom we have life, keep reaching out to community, and keep pressing forward in our gospel commission.

This coming Sunday, the Christian church celebrates Pentecost Sunday, regarded by many as the day the church was birthed when the Holy Spirit came upon those first disciples. As we remember this day, may we too trust for the ‘rebirthing’ of the church as we embrace the day of prayer called for by our President.

With much love and see you online on Sunday!

Rich and Jacs