Below are the announcements from our online service this weekend.
Restart of Weekly Services
This week you will receive a letter from me outlining our plans for restarting weekly services in our buildings. You will also receive specific guidance about how our gatherings will work on a practical level. I would very much appreciate it if you could take time to read the letter and guidance carefully.
Perhaps the most important detail in the letter is that we are planning to hold one service of worship on Sundays at 12pm from Sunday 6th September. The service will be held in the meetinghouse and will be live-streamed online and to the church hall.
During the summer we produced a survey to help us plan our restart after lockdown. One common piece of feedback we received was that many of you would appreciate it if we could live-stream our services online. Currently we have no internet connection in our meetinghouse. On Wednesday evening past, however, the Congregational Committee agreed to install a 4G mast in our meetinghouse. This will allow us to live-stream our services online and also to make better use of our church hall.
Please be aware that the plans outlined in the letter are subject to change and very much depend on directives from the NI Executive. If our plans change at short notice we will notify you through the church family WhatsApp group and social media. We would appreciate your patience and understanding in these uncertain days.
Week of Annual Leave
I am off this incoming week. Rev. Eddie Chestnutt returns to duty in Harryville this week and is also providing pastoral cover for myself in Buckna. Eddie will also be taking our online service next Sunday morning.
There will obviously be no Vestry Hour this week because of my absence. It will resume on Tuesday 1st September between 11am-12pm and on Thursday 3rd September between 8-9pm. In case of an emergency, please contact John Robinson, our Clerk of Session in Buckna, or your elder.
Since lockdown almost all of the staff in Assembly Buildings have been on furlough. That continues to be the case and therefore there will be no print or online editions of the Presbyterian Herald until that changes. Once the Herald is available again we will notify you and provide copies to all those who subscribe to it.