While we are unable to meet for our regular church services, video recordings will be uploaded so that you can join in at home.
1. Overall response to current crisis
Session advises the congregation that in order to fulfil the requirements of the Government and to avoid contributing to the spread of the Coronavirus, Session has cancelled all physical meetings until further notice. All members of the congregation are encouraged to maintain their social connectedness by using technology, i.e. making phone calls to each other, using Skype, FaceTime, Zoom and other technologies to hold meetings such as discipleship group meetings, youth meetings, Flourish, Prayer meetings etc.
Session exhorts all our people to respect the decisions of our governments in light of the Bible’s teaching that Christians are to obey secular authorities as placed over us by God. 1 Timothy 6:13, Titus 3:1, 1 Peter 2:13-17. We need to find creative ways to keep connecting together without flouting the physical distancing requirements that have been established to protect people from illness and death.
2. Sunday Worship
We are setting up a recorded video, condensed worship service, to be uploaded to our website so that you can join in worship each Sunday in your own home to worship God in song, prayer and hearing God’s word. The order of service will generally take the following form:
- Welcome [2-3 minutes]
- Song of Praise [4-5 minutes]
- Children’s memory verse [5-6 minutes]
- Prayers [4-5 minutes]
- Bible Reading [4-5 minutes]
- Message [20-25 minutes]
- Song of Praise [4-5 minutes]
- Close with Notices [4-5 minutes]
The total length of the video is planned to be less than 1 hour.
3. Devotional Life
Session encourages all members of the congregation to maintain or to develop strong daily Bible reading and prayer times at home and to hold times of family/household worship especially on Sundays using the recorded video service which will be available on our website.
The teaching of our Lord Jesus in Matthew 6:1-18 is helpful in responding to the current crisis. God is giving us time to draw near to Him by shutting down many other activities that often take His place in our lives. We are encouraged to embrace the teaching of our Lord in Matthew 6 which contains a wonderful promise: “…..your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
We will seek to provide more material to assist with daily devotions and family worship through our website in the coming weeks.
4. Prayer and Fasting
Session has changed the date of the call to Prayer and Fasting to Saturday 4th April which was the original date called for by the PCV Moderator – Colin Morrow. All members of the congregation are encouraged to give themselves to prayer and fasting on this day embracing the words of 2 Chronicles 7:14 “…if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” and Joel 2:15-17 Blow the trumpet in Zion; consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people [in the current circumstances this gathering will have to be in our homes]. Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber. Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, “Spare your people, O Lord, and make not your heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’
5. Session extends its prayer for God to richly bless each member of our congregation and through these difficult times teach us to love God and one another in deeper and richer ways.