Midweek Prayer Gathering
We will be praying together in person this Wednesday evening. We’ll be meeting at 8pm in the church hall and our gathering will be very similar to all of our previous prayer times. We’d love you to join us as we pray for each other in these uncertain times. I’ll be sharing a short Christmas reflection at the prayer meeting and it will also be available online afterwards.
Services Next Sunday
Next Sunday our service will be at the usual time of 12pm. Next Sunday morning would normally have been our family service but because of the circumstances it will be a straightforward, ordinary service. However, we are holding a special livestream carol service next Sunday evening. I’ll be live here in church along with the Praise Group and it will follow a similar format to our candlelit carol service. It’ll be available on YouTube and you’ll be able to access the live feed through our church website. We would be really delighted if you joined with us.
Vibe are meeting on Zoom for the final before Christmas this Thursday evening. It’ll be a games night and all young people from Year 8 up will be made very welcome. It starts at 7.30pm and you have to wear your Christmas jumper. The best one will win bonus points in the quiz.
Vibe are also donating items to a local food bank and young people can leave items in Mobile 1 – really from the end of the service until 4pm today. There is also a box in the church hall that you can put items into as well.
PW Christmas Video
Some of our PW Committee members have been busy filming themselves over lockdown and have produced a Christmas video. You can access the video by clicking here. If you’re connected to PW let me encourage you to take some time to watch it. We realise that some ladies may not have access to a computer so we are making arrangements to send the video out on DVD to those who already receive service recordings.
The result of the election has been declared over two consecutive Sundays. The next step for us is a congregational meeting. The logistics of holding a congregational meeting are difficult in the midst of ongoing restrictions.
With that in mind, Session have agreed to hold that meeting via post. It is our intention to communicate with you via post in early January – really in the same way that we did for voting. We’re waiting to early January because the postal system is under a bit of pressure at the minute. I will have more details about that in the coming weeks.
Offering Envelopes for 2021
The next announcement is that envelopes for 2021 are now available for collection by members of Committee. Those are in Mobile 2. Let me just say that because of the pandemic members of Committee will be dropping the envelopes through your door and unfortunately won’t be able to stop with you. I realise that is not how we normally do things but please understand that we need to be careful about distributing material items because of the virus.
Related to that, let me remind you that our Annual Report and Financial Statement for 2019 is available online. If you would like a hard copy of that report, please speak to Billy Smyth.
Back to Church After Lockdown
It is great to be back this morning. Thank you for your continued diligence in regards to the precautions we have in place. We very much appreciate your compliance. Following the decision that churches were allowed to reopen, ministers received updated advice from central church regarding practicalities of services.
In short, all the precautions that we are taking need to remain in place. The email did however highlight the importance of continuing to wear a face covering and ensuring two metre social distancing once we have left the building. So, if you’re chatting in the car park, I would encourage you to keep your face covering on and try your best to keep to stay two metres apart. Schools have put similar precautions in place. If you do the school run you’ll know that you have to wear a face covering when you’re on school property. Churches are being encouraged to do something similar.
These guidelines go against what we normally do as a church family in terms of community and they go against our very nature as human beings. But by following them as best we can we’re caring for ourselves, caring for each other and also honouring the Lord. There have been no outbreaks so far in our buildings and we are keen to keep it that way. And again, let me thank you for your continued help in making our gatherings safe.