I want to take the opportunity to remind you all of our meeting this Sunday by zoom for Holy Communion and to update you on very recent plans to reopen our church buildings for some specific activities from November onwards. Alongside the recent launch of Soul Restore, the Alpha course and the upcoming CAP restart sessions, we are continuing to see the Lord open up wonderful opportunities for ministry.
Holy Communion (25th October, 11.50am via zoom)
We will stream our service of worship at 11am over YouTube much the same as normal (standrewsleckie.co.uk/sunday) with the option to phone in if you don’t have an internet connection. This service will finish at approximately 11:50am. Immediately following this, everyone is invited to join together for Communion on https://zoom.us (a link will appear on the website during the first part of the service). You will probably find it easier to follow by switching to “Speaker view” instead of “Gallery view”. It will be nice to see as many as possible but we will mute everyone’s microphone for the majority of this part of the service so Malcolm can be heard without distractions. Obviously you will need to provide your own bread and wine/grape juice. Although it will be different we hope you still hear the invitation to come to the Lord’s table.
Reopening of Church Buildings for children and youth activities and for midweek prayer service
Good news! The Kirk session met at the beginning of October and agreed to reopen the church buildings for children and youth activities and for a midweek gathering for a prayer service. There is obviously no pressure upon anyone to attend as we recognise that many will quite rightly feel anxious about gathering together with others at this time. However, for those who feel able, this is a great opportunity to come together. There are many practical steps that need to be completed before we are ready to reopen (including receiving Presbytery approval once our risk assessments are in place) but I can share initial plans at this point and update you with confirmation and further details at as soon as possible.
We will continue to provide the weekly online service of worship on Sunday mornings and we continue to thank those who are working so hard behind the scenes to make that possible.
Children and youth activities
Children: The plan is to begin biweekly sessions in the Bakehall on a Sunday morning, with online sessions on the Sundays in between. We hope to have three sessions before the end of the year on the 15thNovember, 29th November and 13th December, followed by an online nativity service on the 20th December. The sessions will begin at 11am (with an earlier drop off) and the children will then watch the first part of the service together before having Sunday Club for a slightly longer session, enabling parents to engage with the online service from their homes.
Sunday Club have also planned to have a ‘Light Walk’ through Peebles on the 31st October (Halloweeen) in advance of meeting again in the church building.
Contact for further info: Laura Cassidy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Youth: Our new Youth Leader, Sarah Brown has organised a gathering at Broomlee Activity Centre (near West Linton) on the 1st November. As well as having fun together she will involve the young people in the planning of future meetings to begin later in the month. The youth meetings will take place in the church hall and they will consider options of meeting on a Sunday morning and/or on a midweek evening.
Contact for further info: Sarah Brown (email@example.com)
Midweek prayer service
The plan is to have weekly prayer services in the church on Thursday evenings from the 12th November. These meetings will follow a similar pattern to the monthly prayer and praise services we had before lockdown. Although we won’t be able to sing, we will have the opportunity to hear from God’s word and join together in times of open prayer in smaller (socially distanced groups), enabling us to seek God and minister to one another. Places will be limited due to social distancing measures, so we will have a booking system in place that we will communicate in due course.
Contact for further info: Malcolm Jefferson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
All of these activities will require a cleaning team to sanitise the spaces in advance of the meetings and a team of marshals for the Thursday evening gathering will also be necessary. I am very grateful to those who have already offered to serve in these ways but if this is something you would be willing to be involved in, please contact Laura Cassidy, Sarah Brown or myself.
More information will follow in the coming days but in the meantime, please pray for all these initiatives and the necessary preparations.
I hope to see you on screen on Sunday!
God Bless you,