Below are the announcements from our service this weekend.
Weekly Prayer Meetings
We are beginning a weekly prayer meeting this Wednesday evening in the church hall. We’re very limited as to what we can do at the minute – I’ll come to that in a moment. But from this Wednesday (16th September) we’re going to meet in the hall and pray together as a church family.
These gatherings will be different compared to our usual midweek meeting. We’ll simply be praying together. Online midweek is beginning again this Wednesday. Some teaching content will be available on the website from 7.30pm. Our prayer meeting in the church hall will start at 8pm and will last for between half an hour and forty five minutes.
We’d love you to join us at this prayer time. We have much to pray for. We need to pray for ourselves, for each other, for our church family and for our nation at this time. Please join us if you can on Wednesday at 8pm. Social distancing measures will be in place of course.
Plans for Organisations, Autumn 2020
As you will know, Kirk Session met on Thursday evening to discuss the issue of organisations restarting this autumn. It was with a heavy heart that Session came to the conclusion that all organisations should not resume in person until after half-term (W/B 2nd November). This will be subject to review closer to the time and is in light of current restrictions and PCI guidelines.
We are obviously all keen to return to normal as soon as possible but Session felt that this decision provided time to see how the pandemic progresses during the autumn. I holding a meeting of all organisational heads this Thursday evening in the meetinghouse at 8pm. At that meeting we’ll discuss Session’s decision in a little more detail and also pray together.
Let me ask you to pray for our organisations at this time as well. For those who lead in them and also for those who attend.
The third and final announcement this morning relates to visitation within the congregation at this time. Rev. John Holmes and I have not been able to carry out normal visitation for some time and it would appear that will be the case for the foreseeable future.
Previous advice we received from PCI was that it was possible to make one visit a day. That was to stop ministers becoming spreaders of the virus. Given the NI Executive’s tightening of restrictions on Thursday, that has probably changed again. Buckna is on the borderline of BT43 – I know some of your postcodes are BT43. So in light of that, I am only able to make visits in important or exceptional circumstances.
John Holmes and I will continue to phone round the congregation. If you would like to speak to me about anything or if you would like me to visit you, then please let me know.
As I’ve said in recent weeks, I appreciate your patience and understanding in these days. Let me also thank you for how you have responded to all the things we have to do as we come to church. Hand sanitising, social distancing and so on. Your response has been brilliant and you have been very understanding and I very much appreciate that.