Dear church family,
Firstly, may I thank you for all those who completed the survey, this has given us some valuable information as we ease out of lockdown. It was clear that many of you are keen to return to in-person services but also understand the complexities involved. As I said last week, when it comes to resuming services a number of factors are important in our preparation:
- Prayer – we want to seek the Lord’s guidance in this complex and changing situation.
- Technology– we want to take forward the advances we’ve made through online content.
- Together– we want to make this transition as one body, making every effort not to exclude anyone.
I am delighted to say that we are now able to trial the evening service this Sunday at 6pm in the church building. The service will also be live streamed, via the Zoom link below, recorded and uploaded to YouTube for those who wish to watch later. Of course, this will not feel like the “normal” evening service but it is the first step towards us joining together as one body. Here are a number of things to think about when attending:
- if you feel unwell, please do not attend
- if you are worried about attending, please feel under no obligation to attend
- In accordance with the recent changes on wearing face masks, please bring your own to be worn throughout the service
- There will be no pew Bibles, please bring your own
- There will be no refreshments, but you are welcome to bring your own water bottle and take it away with you
- On arrival you will be greeted by the welcome stewards and asked to use the hand sanitiser
- You will then be asked to register attendance for “track and trace” either manually or by using the QR code
- Then you will be directed to your seat va the one-way system
- Once seated, please limit any movement around the building
- Toilet facilities are available
- Sadly, we are not yet permitted to sing during the service but there will be live music for prayer and reflection
I fully appreciate that these restrictions are difficult and it will take time to get used to the changes, but I am equally glad that we can now begin to meet one another in fellowship. If you have any questions or concerns, please do contact us via the church office.
I hope to update you soon about the morning services and children and youth work, please bear with us as we move forward. I am pleased to inform you that our children’s worker Hannah Mugenyi will be returning to work, after maternity leave, later in August, and Sophie Annesley will be continuing part-time during September to ease the transition. I am hugely grateful for the contribution she has made throughout this period – and keeping us all thoroughly engaged from down-under!
I am also delighted to say that the Holiday Club will be happening online from the 10-12 August, so please do book a place if you haven’t already done so by Monday. We also have the Holiday at Home for seniors, again please speak to Sue Redford about booking your place by Monday.
The online morning service will continue to be available on the St John’s YouTube channel at 10am, which will be followed by refreshments via the Zoom link below. Please also note that all the Children’s teaching is made available there and can be accessed at any time.
Colossians 3.12-14 ‘As God chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.’
Whether you are attending the service in the building or joining online, it’s good that we can worship God together.
Don’t forget to join us straight after church for our weekly virtual
refreshments. We’d love to see you, catch up & chat.
Meeting ID: 875 8169 6484
Join us at 6 pm on Sunday for our Live Evening Service
Meeting ID: 871 3762 3729