Newsletter from our minister

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Dear Friends,

Greetings to you as we prepare on Sunday to return to ‘live’ church!

I am pleased to say that the reservation system last week seems to have worked well. The good news is that when booking closed last night at 10 pm we had almost exactly the right amount of people and so we have not had to turn anyone away this week. Just to emphasise… if in future weeks we need to turn people away we will let them know as soon as possible, hopefully on Friday night.

So the service will take place at 10.30 am this Sunday and it will be live-streamed so you can also watch it at home. Later in the day a recording will be put up on our website. For those who are coming, I would just repeat instructions:

  • You will be required to wear a mask on entering and leaving the church but not during the service. If you do take your mask off, please put it in your pocket or bag and not on the seat beside you.
  • You will not be able to socialise in the church and at the end of the service you will be asked to leave the Begijnhof as quickly as possible.
  • Please try to keep toilet use to a minimum. Go before you leave home!
  • And, of course, if you should show any symptoms of the virus, please don’t come.
  • The services will also be live-streamed (you can access the stream via this link), so, it will be possible to watch them online on Sunday mornings at 10.30 am. The services will also be recorded and put up on the website so that they can be accessed from Sunday afternoon.

    We will be reviewing the services after a month and assessing the situation and how the services have been going. If, before then, there are serious concerns then we might have to stop the services but let’s hope that will not happen.
    I’m so pleased that we have got to this point. Let us continue to pray for safety, for our city and for an end to this pandemic.

    Below is the program for this WEEK:

    Sunday 10.30, live- streamed service
    The service will be led this week by Pastor Lance. Our passage is Matthew 18:21-35. The topic is forgiveness.

    Sunday, 21.00
    Short evening prayers, Compline: join at Join at
    ZOOM

    Monday, 14.00-16.00
    Knitting Christmas angels. Contact Gillian Walker at: gillian.walker.ams@icloud.com

    Tuesday, 08.45
    Psalm Reciting (this week – Psalms 92-101), at the church. You are welcome, of course, to recite these psalms anywhere and any time.

    Wednesday, 19.30
    Bible Study. Join at ZOOM. We will continue our series on Jesus’ parables.

    Thursday, 21.00
    Short evening prayers, Compline: You can join us on ZOOM

    Sunday, 10.30
    Service of Worship. Reservation of seats begins at 9 am on Monday morning and finishes at 10 pm on Thursday night. Book seats here or phone Lance (020) 6722288), or contact you elder.

    Prayer:
    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 margaretanne_richards@hotmail.com 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.

    God bless you all and keep us united as a church family – and safe and well.

    Rev. Dr. Lance Stone