Here are the announcements from this week’s Sunday service.
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We’re meeting together this evening at 7pm. It would be great if you could join us for our evening service.
Midweek has now finished for this session. It will resume in September. Let me take this opportunity to thank you for your support of our midweek gathering – both in the autumn and since it restarted after Easter. Recordings of our recent series on the book of James are available here. We’ll finish that series in early autumn.
Times of Summer Services
As is our custom now in the summer months, our service times are changing. From next Sunday the morning service will be at 11.30am and the evening service will be at 6.30pm. Please note that this change is from next Sunday and that our evening service tonight is at 7pm. Services will be held at these earlier times throughout July and August. We’ll return to 12pm and 7pm at the beginning of September.
Easing of Restrictions
During the week Kirk Session met to discuss a range of issues including the easing of restrictions on churches. This week PCI informed ministers that social distancing during church services will come down from 2 metres to 1.5 metres from 1st September. At the present time face coverings are still a legal requirement before, during and after services. There’s no indication yet as to when that legal requirement might be changed.
Session did discuss the possibility of restarting some form of children’s ministry on a Sunday. We have in mind that Heroes in Training will resume initially and possibly SNAC in the evening as well. Session are very conscious that children have missed out on a great deal in the past year – both socially and also spiritually.
Session also discussed possible ways in which we can have fellowship together and hopefully I’ll have more details about plans for that in the coming weeks.
As I’ve said before to you, thank you for your continued help and understanding with the restrictions we find ourselves in. They provide real challenges for meeting together as a church family and I certainly don’t underestimate the discomfort of sitting with a face covering on for just under an hour.
Despite the ongoing restrictions, we’re thankful that we can meet together and we’re thankful that the Lord has had His hand upon us in the past 18 months.
United Appeal Offering
The quarterly United Appeal offering is now due. Envelopes can be found in the pack of church envelopes provided at the beginning of the year. Please continue to support the work of denomination in these challenging days.
Copies of the Presbyterian Herald are now available in Mobile 1 for those who subscribe to it. It would be appreciated if you could collect your copy and also the copy of a neighbour or friend who is unable to come to church at the moment.
Orange Order Parades
The annual parade of Braid District LOL 18 will be held this afternoon in Broughshane. As well as that, Ballygelly LOL 1098’s annual parade is being held next Sunday afternoon. They’re walking from the Commons to the Community Centre for an open air service. The speaker at the open air will be Andrew McCullough of the Faith Mission.
CD and DVD Distribution
Last Sunday’s services are now available for members of Session to collect and distribute.