Here are the announcements from this week’s Sunday service.
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End of Lockdown
Now that we have reopened for public worship, let me thank Kirk Session and the Congregational Committee for their continued support. Thank you as well to Rev. John Holmes for his pastoral work during this period. I know that many of you have appreciated John keeping in touch and calling for a chat.
The lockdown we have just come out of as a church family was the smoothest of the three lockdowns we’ve experienced. That is mainly due to the work of a small group of technical experts. Thank you again to David Bradley and Ian Craig and their trainees who have helped our livestream services run so smoothly. Thank you as well to Richard and Alison for their continued work with the DVD and CD ministry.
Thank you as well to our excellent Praise Group. One of the most helpful changes to our services in the third lockdown was the Praise Group joining me live in the building. Thank you to Stuart and Florence for their work behind the scenes and to everyone who has taken part during this period. It is very much appreciated by myself and also by the wider church family.
Lord willing, churches will not be returning to lockdown any time soon in Northern Ireland. Today marks the point when we begin to rebuild and reconnect as a church family. The pandemic is not yet over and if the past year has taught us anything it’s that we really don’t know what a day may bring. It should be our prayer that the Lord would continue to guide and bless us a church family in these days.
We should remember that have a lot to look forward to. We have four elders-elect who will, Lord willing, be ordained and installed in the autumn. We have a building project to kickstart. We have youth organisations to restart. We will get there with the Lord’s help and in the Lord’s time.
Let me finally thank you as a congregation for the support you have shown us as a family during this past year. I have appreciated simple encouragements and consider it a real privilege to serve the Lord here in Buckna. It’s my prayer that together we will continue to glorify our Saviour in this part of the world.
Practicalities for In Person Services
Our exit from our buildings will be staggered so I’d ask that you wait in your seat until I announce which section is to leave first. A steward in the hall will look after the exit there.
Just as in the autumn, we’re not passing a collection plate around. Offering boxes are available at all doors and we’d ask that you drop your collection into those. Let me also remind you that it’s for us to maintain two metre social distancing after our service is over. We’ll be keen to chat to each other and catch up but if we could do that two metres apart it would be appreciated.
Easter Sunday Evening Livestream
Tonight we are worshipping together online. We’re running one of our special evening livestreams and we’ll be finishing our four part series on the Easter story. Our question tonight will be: how should I respond. Our service tonight will be a similar length to our Good Friday service and we’ll be live in the building from 8pm. Please do join us for that service as we round off the Easter weekend as a church family.
Online Presbytery Dawn Service
Due to the current restrictions, the usual Presbytery dawn service at Slemish was unable to take place. Instead, I’ve produced a short dawn service reflection which includes a hymn recorded by our Praise Group. It has been posted into the church WhatsApp group earlier this morning and it’s available here if you haven’t seen it already.
In Person Midweek Meetings
Looking ahead to this week, we’re not going to meet on Zoom on Wednesday night. All being well, in person midweek meetings will resume on Wednesday 14th April at 8pm in the church hall. I’ll have more information about those next Sunday.