It is with a heavy heart that I report that the decision has been taken not to open the church this Sunday, nor at least for the next two weeks, October 11th and 18th, when we should get further directives from the government. The Consistory has always said that we would review our decision a few weeks ago to open the church, and given the recent increased infection rate here in Amsterdam we feel that we should err on the side of caution.
I know this will meet with disagreement by some – there are differing opinions in the Consistory – but I hope we can show forbearance and understanding in what is a difficult and contentious matter. I assure you we will be back to gathering at the church just soon as we feel we can.
Meanwhile, there will be a live-streamed service from the church this Sunday at 10.30 am, with a small choir to lead singing. There just won’t be a congregation in the church, though I very much hope that there will be a good congregation joining us online through the website. An order of service will be available on the website for you to follow. You can access the live-stream at 10.30 HERE.
Please note that it is a Communion service, so please have a piece of bread or biscuit and some wine or juice handy at home if you wish to participate.
Below, as usual, are the events for the coming WEEK:
Sunday 10.30, live- streamed service
The service will be led this week by Pastor Lance. Our passage is Philippians 3:4b-14. You can access the live-stream at 10.30 HERE.
Short evening prayers, Compline: join at Join at
ZOOM Password, if you need it: 243960
Knitting Christmas angels. Contact Gillian Walker at: email@example.com
Psalm Reciting (this week – Psalms 110-118), at the church. You are welcome, of course, to recite these psalms anywhere and any time.
Short evening prayers, Compline: You can join us on ZOOM Password, if you need it: 243960
In a time like this, there may be people who feel especially in need of prayer either for themselves or for someone else. There is a small group of people in the congregation who take it in turns on Sundays to be available after the service to pray for anyone in need – so, if you would like prayer or have a particular prayer request please contact Margaret Richards on firstname.lastname@example.org and she and the others will pray accordingly.
A word about finance….
Please note that in this period when we are not meeting together there is a way of giving to the church on this website. Please use the PayPal donation button on the right.
Also, you will recall that it is our practice on the first Sunday of the month, Holy Communion Sunday, to have a collection for the Mulanje Mission Hospital in Malawi which our church supports. You may do this via the website.
All best wishes to you – please keep safe and keep praying that this difficult situation will soon be over.
Rev. Dr. Lance Stone