Here are the announcements from this week’s Sunday service.
Special Livestream Evening Service
Tonight we are running one of our special monthly evening services and it will be live online at 8pm. We’re continuing the series that we started in November which focuses on big questions that are asked of the Christian faith. Tonight we’re thinking about the question: how will the world end? We’ll have live music from the Praise Group and the service will include an interview with Claire Robinson. As you will know she is serving the Lord with SIM in Zambia and we’re going to hear how her work has been progressing.
We’d love you to join us tonight as we worship God again together. Many of us miss our evening service and miss the opportunity to open and study the Bible for a second time on a Sunday. Today we have that opportunity so let me encourage you to watch the service this evening.
Zoom Prayer Time
We are praying together on Zoom this Wednesday night at 8.30pm. This Wednesday we’re going to be joined by Clare Arian who is serving the Lord through Hamsayeh International. Clare will be giving us an update about her work and it would be great if you could join us on Wednesday evening. I’ll post the Zoom details into the church family WhatsApp group closer to the time.
As well as our Zoom prayer time, there will also be a short midweek meditation available on Wednesday. You’ll be able to access it through the church website and our Vimeo page. We’re going to finish a short series that we started back in the Autumn based on a book called Name Above All Names.
Ongoing Eldership Election
The third announcement relates to our ongoing eldership election. The next stage of the process is to hold a congregational meeting to formally elect the elders. Unfortunately, due to the fact that we are in lockdown, we are unable to hold a congregational meeting in person. Churches have been authorised to hold a congregational meeting via post, however. The method is very similar to the method of voting that we used in the autumn.
This week voting members within the congregation will receive a letter containing very important information about the congregational meeting. Enclosed with the letter, there will be a ballot paper as well as a stamped addressed envelope. The number of ballot papers enclosed with the letter will reflect the number of voting members in a household. Each voting member should complete a voting paper.
To cast your vote, please tick either yes or no beside each individual elder elect. Once you have ticked the relevant boxes, please sign your ballot paper and return to Mr. John Robinson, Clerk of Session, using the stamped addressed envelope provided.
Please note that under the Code of our church, each individual elder elect must receive two-thirds of the number of votes cast to be declared elected (Code 179.4). In light of the current restrictions we would ask that you do not return voting papers in person.
The closing date for returning voting papers is Monday 15th February 2021. Any voting papers received after this date will not be valid.
Many of us share deep frustrations at the circumstances we find ourselves. Kirk Session are, however, keen to keep the process of electing and ordaining and installing new elders moving. Therefore, we would appreciate your cooperation with this postal congregational meeting.
Service Next Sunday
Next Sunday our livestream service will be taken by Rev. John Brogan who is the minister in Glenarm and Carnalbanagh. We had initially organised this swap for the end of December but had to change things around. I’m heading up to Carnalbanagh to take their drive-in service and John will be here to lead and preach in our online service.