Here are the announcements from this week’s Sunday service.
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Evening Livestream Service
We’re holding another of our monthly evening livestream services tonight at 8pm. We’re continuing our series on big questions that are asked of the Christian faith. Tonight our question is: why do bad things happen to good people? We’ll be thinking about the issue of suffering and why it is that we go through trials and challenges in this life.
You’ll be able to watch the livestream through our YouTube channel and you can access the stream by going to our church website. The Praise Group will be here with me and they’ll be providing some live music. There’ll also be an interview with Rev. Jeffrey Blue who is the minister in Rasharkin Presbyterian Church. Let me really encourage you to join with us tonight.
Zoom Prayer Time
We’re meeting on Zoom to pray this Wednesday evening at 8.30pm. I’ll post the Zoom details into the church family WhatsApp group closer to the time.
Moderator’s Virtual Tour
There will be a midweek service available from the Moderator of our denomination, Rgt. Rev. David Bruce. In normal circumstances, the Moderator would have toured our Presbytery in person but because of the ongoing Covid restrictions, he is obviously unable to do so.
Instead, he is meeting with ministers from Ballymena Presbytery on Zoom and has also recorded a service for for all congregations within Presbytery. That service will be available on our church website on Wednesday. I’ll post it into the church WhatsApp group once the post goes live.
Let me encourage you to take some time this week to watch this service. I trust that it will be an encouragement to you. Our Praise Group feature in the service as well. One of the hymns that they pre-recorded in October is included.
Continuation of Lockdown
Many of you will have seen the short video update that I posted on the church website during the week. It related to the ongoing restrictions and the possibility of PCI congregations meeting for worship in early April. It does appear that things are moving in a positive direction in terms of the pandemic. Let me encourage you to continue to pray for our leaders and also the ongoing vaccination programme.
Although we are not able to meet together in person, let me tell you about something exciting that we’re planning as a church family. On both Sunday 14th and 21st March we are planning to hold a drive-in service at Hamill’s Yard on the Hazelbank Road. We’re going to meet there at 4pm and Rev. Andrew Mullan is going to be preaching at both services.
Kirk Session decided to run these drive-in services because we realise that almost a year has passed without us having proper fellowship together. Even though a drive-in service doesn’t allow us to have the fellowship that we’d like, it does still give us the chance to see each other and to worship together in person. There’ll be more details about the drive-in in the coming weeks.
Result of Postal Congregational Meeting
Following our recent postal congregational meeting, let me thank all voting members who returned ballot papers to us. I’m delighted to be able to tell you this morning that:
- David Bradley was deemed elected having receive more than the required two-thirds quota.
- Ian Craig was deemed elected having receive more than the required two-thirds quota.
- David Hanna was deemed elected having receive more than the required two-thirds quota.
- David Woodburn was deemed elected having receive more than the required two-thirds quota.
The process now moves onto the next stage which is overseen by our Presbytery. It’s likely that a service of ordination and installation will be held in early autumn. That of course depends on the lifting of Covid restrictions in the coming weeks and months. Please continue to pray for our elders-elect and their families at this time.