Here are the announcements from this week’s Sunday service.
To view or download this week’s edition of PCI’s Let’s Pray, click here.
This Wednesday we’re gathering in the church hall for midweek. We’ll be meeting at 8pm and we’ll be continuing the series that we started on Wednesday past on the book of James. As you’ll perhaps know by now, I am recording the audio from midweek – really just the talk. It’s being uploaded to the church website and our church podcast.
I know this is the case for many of us but one of the things that I have missed the most during this past year is our evening service. Kirk Session have had a bit of think about how we reintroduce our evening service and have decided that a phased return will be the most helpful way.
I’m delighted, therefore, to be able to tell you that we’re holding our first in person evening service next Sunday at 7pm. It’ll be held here in the meetinghouse. We won’t be live-streaming it to the hall like we do in the morning but it will be live-streamed online. So if you aren’t able to make it, you’ll still be able to watch online.
The practicalities of the service will be exactly the same as our morning services. All the same guidelines apply. We’re not going to ask you to register or anything like that either. But let me remind you that the meetinghouse can only hold a maximum of 80 people with two metre social distancing in place. Unfortunately it can’t hold any more than that in the current circumstances. If we find that more than 80 people would like to attend the evening service then we may look at opening the hall in the evening as well.
Kirk Session and I are very keen to return to some kind of normality and this is really one of the steps towards that. We’re planning to hold three test evening services – next Sunday (25th April), 9th May and 30th May. From the first Sunday in June we’re hoping that we’ll be back to weekly evening services. By that stage hopefully other areas of church life will also be able to return in some shape or form.
It would be great if you could join us next Sunday evening – especially if you’re not able to come out in the morning. We are conscious that younger families don’t feel as able to come to church in the morning at the minute because creche and Heroes in Training aren’t running. Let me really encourage you to make a point of coming to our evening service if that’s the case. Online services have benefits but there’s nothing like meeting together with the people of God for worship.
One final point to mention about these test evening services is that I’m going to continue the series on big questions that we’ve been running since the autumn. Next Sunday evening we’re going to think about the question: how do I know God’s will for my life. That’s an important question for us to think through and we’ll spend some time on it next Sunday evening.
Offering and Collection
The next announcement relates to the offering or collection. I’ve been asked by those involved in counting the offering that both cash and cheques should be placed in the offering envelopes provided. The finance team would prefer that ordinary envelopes aren’t used. Please only use the church envelopes provided.
On that note, let me remind you that the option is there to set up a standing order a method of giving. I’ve mentioned that method before but in the times we find ourselves in, giving by standing order is a secure and direct way of doing so. If you’d like more information about standing orders, please speak to our treasurer, Billy Smyth.
Meeting of Kirk Session
Kirk Session will meet this Thursday night (22nd April) at 8pm in the church hall.
Faith Mission Drive In Specials
The Faith Mission are holding some special drive in services at Ballee Playing Fields from next Sunday. They’re beginning on Sunday evening and running through until Friday 30th April. There are a variety of speakers and the theme of the week is Standing Strong in Uncertain Times. Each drive in service starts at 8pm and you can find more information about the speakers and singers on each night by clicking here.