Buckna Presbyterian Church

Announcements, 20.09.20

Below are the announcements from our service this weekend.

Wednesday Prayer Gatherings and Online Midweek

We are gathering to pray on Wednesday night. We had a really encouraging start to our prayer times on Wednesday past. It was great to pray together in person again. We have room for more of you to join us – even with two metre social distancing. We’d love you to join us in the church hall on Wednesday from 8pm.

Online midweek has also resumed. It was available from Wednesday evening. We’re back to our Route 66 series and there’ll be another edition of online midweek this Wednesday as well. Let me encourage you to take some time to study the Bible in more depth through online midweek.

Harvest Services

Our harvest services here in Buckna were due to be held on Sunday 4th October. Unfortunately, because of the current situation, our they are going to look very different this year. In terms of the decoration of the meetinghouse – that will scaled back to something very simple. We’ll also have simple decorations in the hall. As well as that, our church choir will be unable to take part this year.

We’re very disappointed that this is the case. As a country congregation, our harvest services are special occasions when we mark the Lord’s goodness to us through another year.

In light of those differences, however, we are planning to hold a special live-stream evening service on Sunday 4th October. We can’t hold our usual harvest evening service so instead we are going to live-stream it with no congregation in the building. I’ll provide some more details about that service next Sunday.

Restart of Vibe

Unfortunately our organisations are unable to meet in person at the minute but Vibe is restarting this week online. They’re kicking off their programme with a games night this Thursday at 7.30pm on Zoom. Vibe is open to all young people who are Year 8 and up. The Zoom details will be posted into the parent’s WhatsApp group. If you would like to be added to that group, please get in touch with Paul Montgomery or Grace Reid.

Pastoral Visitation

As I mentioned last week, pastoral visitation by myself continues to be limited to essential and important visits only. If you would like me to call or if you know of anyone who would appreciate a visit, please let me know.

The Lord’s Supper and Baptism

Guidelines have been produced by PCI on how to celebrate the Lord’s Supper in these days. At the most recent meeting of Kirk Session it was decided that we would hold off on holding a communion service. We have missed two communion services since mid-March but our next isn’t due until the end of November or the New Year.

In terms of baptism, however, it can take place and if you would like to request baptism then we can facilitate that. Please get in touch with me so that I can organise a further conversation with you about how we go about baptisms in the midst of a pandemic.

Join us on FaceBook

If you are a facebook user, then we would invite to to join with us there. Over the coming weeks and months it is our intention to use facebook to provide useful information, highlight upcoming online events and share items of praise that can be used in conjunction with our online services.

We feel this is a great way for our Church to remain active in these uncertain times and to let the wider world have a little glimpse of our life in the Braid.