Below are the announcements from our service this weekend.
Wednesday Prayer Gatherings and Online Midweek
We are gathering in the hall to pray again this Wednesday evening. We’ve had a couple of encouraging prayer times so far and we’d love you to join us this Wednesday again. We’ll be meeting from 8pm in the church hall. Online midweek will also be available this week. It’ll be on the church website from about 5pm from now on. We’re continuing with our Route 66 series.
Next Sunday it is harvest Sunday for us. As I mentioned last week, harvest will be very different this year. There will be minimal but tasteful decoration of our buildings – both the meetinghouse and the church hall. Unfortunately, there will be no church choir this year but we will be able to sing. More on that in a moment.
The service here next Sunday morning will be taken by Rev. Ronnie Agnew from 1st Broughshane. We’re swapping as it is harvest in 1st Broughshane as well.
We’re also planning a special harvest evening live-stream service. There will be no congregation at this service but it will be broadcast live online at 8pm. It’s a different kind of service for us. We’re going to hear someone’s story of coming to faith in Jesus and we’re also going to look at the Bible together. The Praise Group will be involved too.
This service will be something of an opportunity for us. It’ll be the kind of service that you you could invite someone who isn’t a Christian to watch. You could send a family member or friend a text or give them a ring and say, “My church is running this service, you should think about watching it.” You could even say, “I’ll give you a ring after it and we can have a chat about it.” We’ll be broadcasting live on YouTube but the link will be available on the church website and our Facebook page.
Singing As a Congregation
As you will know we have not yet sang together as a church family since the restart of public worship. The decision not to sing was not taken lightly and we wanted to see how our services went in the first few weeks.
I’m delighted to say this morning that we are going to sing together. The Praise Group are going to sing and play the first hymn and the children’s hymn but we are going to sing the closing hymn together as a congregation. We would ask that you keep your face covering on as you sing. I do appreciate that isn’t the most comfortable way to talk, never mind sing.
We’ve been looking forward to this moment though and next week at the harvest morning service you’ll be singing all three hymns. Buckna is a good singing congregation and it would be terrible if we couldn’t sing together for harvest.
Baptism can take place despite the current restrictions 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.
Bible Reading Notes
Bible reading notes are now available. If you subscribe to those you can collect your copy from Mobile 1 this morning. Please sanitise your hands after entering the Mobile. Please also get in touch with Laura Hamill if you are not able to collect them in person. We can make arrangements for copies to be delivered.
Arrangements for Weekly Services
The final announcement this morning relates to arrangements regarding our weekly services. We’ve been very encouraged by your response to all of the precautions we have put in place to allow us to meet together. We would ask you, however, to please remember that doors open at 11.30am. We appreciate that many of you are keen to worship in the meetinghouse but the guidelines PCI have produced discourage buildings from being occupied for significant lengths of time.
The Praise Group also like to practice before our services and to allow them to feel comfortable and to practice properly, we would ask you not to enter the building before 11.30am. Please also don’t enter the building before stewards are in place. It’s important that we maximise our capacity and are clever with seating arrangements. Your continued co-operation in these matters is greatly appreciated.