Here are the announcements from this week’s Sunday service.
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Midweek will be held in the church hall on Wednesday at 8pm. We’ll be continuing our studies in the book of James. The talk will be recorded and you’ll be able to listen back to it through the church podcast.
Services Next Sunday
Next Sunday morning our service will be at the usual time of 12pm. Next Sunday evening we’re holding another evening service and it will be a youth service. It’ll start at 7pm and will have some of our young people and Vibe leaders involved. Paul Montgomery, one of our Vibe leaders, will be speaking to us from the Bible and we’re very much looking forward to that.
Let me really encourage you to come out next Sunday evening – especially if you’re a young person. It’s been a difficult year and so many of you have missed our organisations and youth activities. We’d love to see you next Sunday if possible. The service will be live-streamed if you’re unable to make it.
Let me also mention children’s day which is coming up soon. It’ll be held on Sunday 6th June. It will obviously not be children’s day in its usual form but will be more of a family service. It would be great if we could have as many young families as possible in the meetinghouse for that service. I really don’t mind a bit of noise during services and it would be great to have as many children out for the family service as possible.
To help accommodate that, it would be appreciated that if you don’t have children or grandchildren that you would consider going up to the hall for the service instead. We’re not going to turn you away if you want to come to the meetinghouse. We’d like to be able to fit as many families in as possible and we’d appreciate your cooperation in doing that.
As you know, we’re on the road back to weekly evening services. Those will resume Lord willing from Sunday 6th June. Mark Rodgers, our summer assistant, will be speaking at that evening service.
Easing of Lockdown Restrictions
As you will have heard, the NI Executive eased lockdown restrictions this week. Ministers received a very detailed email from PCI on Monday past outlined our denomination’s position on many issues. The biggest point in the email was two metre social distancing still applies to all PCI congregations.
This week hospitality will be opening up and there will be changes made in terms of distancing there but those changes do not apply to churches yet. It is frustrating that we could go to a restaurant and sit closer together than we could in church but that is an issued caused by the Executive and not PCI.
It’s hard to tell when restrictions on churches will ease. We do hope to run a few different events over the summer period – there is some allowance for outdoor activities and so on. Let me thank you for your continued cooperation with the restrictions. It remains difficult for churches to meet like this but we are thankful that we can meet in person despite all the limitations.
One way in which we returning to some kind of normality is that door duty will return to something more recognisable at the beginning of June. The Congregational Committee agreed that all members of Kirk Session and Committee will be on the rota again. As was mentioned at the Committee meting on Thursday night, if you would prefer not to be considered for door duty, please let myself or John Robinson know as soon as possible.
Let say thank you to those who have stewarded here at the meetinghouse and at the all hall during this period. Your help and assistance is very much appreciated.
CD and DVD Distribution
Last Sunday’s services are now available for members of Session to collect and distribute.