Announcements

25th October 2020

 

Following the easing of restrictions related to Covid-19 generally and especially the removal of the prohibition of holding church services, the Kirk Session, welcomes our congregation to corporate worship

on  SUNDAYS AT 11.30 am

 

Everyone is reminded that the wearing of face coverings is strongly recommended in Church unless you are exempt. Also, face coverings are now mandatory when entering and leaving after the Service

 

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland joins with Christian church leaders all over this island in formally recommending and encouraging the use of face coverings at all services of worship, along with the ongoing maintenance of 2 metre physical distancing. Children under the age of 13 are not required to wear face coverings, nor are people who have a reasonable excuse, i.e. due to ill health etc. Those leading at the front can remove their face coverings, but still maintain appropriate distancing. Everyone is asked to bring their own face coverings.

 

The Kirk Session and Committee have agreed to install a Live Link to the Church Hall to give more capacity, especially for special services. We are also hoping to be able to Live-Stream our Sunday Services – Live link to the Church Hall today.

 

Harvest Offering towards the work of Stephen Cowan in Kenya. In recent years, our Harvest Offering has gone towards Stephens work in North Kenya. This year our Kirk Session has agreed that we should provide at least £2,500.00 financial support for this work. We encourage everyone to support this appeal using the envelopes which are available at church (or by marking your own envelope: Harvest Appeal 2020 and adding your name and address and sign for Gift Aid purposes).

 

Thanks to everyone who brought groceries for the Roe Valley Foodbank, based at LCDI, Limavady

 

ALPHA PROGRAMME - One of the phenomenal successes during lockdown has been the thousands of people who have shared in the online Alpha course which explores the relevance of faith for life today. We plan to run the online course jointly with St Canice’s Church starting on Wednesday 4th November. Please come and invite your friends to join you. You can register your interest by emailing eglintonalpha@gmail.com

Join us – It’ll be great for you – and us!

 

Additional Suggestion - If you have a mobile phone and can follow our weekly service on it, would you consider sharing the service on your phone with a senior member who is not able to attend church and to whom you have access? This could be a very helpful ministry to those who do not have computer/internet access and who would appreciate being able to avail of our weekly service.

 

All members of our congregations are encouraged, where appropriate, to download and use the relevant free health service app for their mobile phones (StopCOVID NI app in Northern Ireland). Using this app, along with the existing public health measures, will help us all stay safe when we meet up, socialise, work or travel.

 

Youth and Children’s Activities: We currently do not plan to resume face to face activities such as Sunday School etc. just yet. Our Youth Worker, Claire Hinchliff, will be back with us again in mid-October, when we hopefully will be able to proceed with some virtual Youth and Children’s Ministry programmes.

 

If any families would like Creche Provision or if you have any suggestions or queries, please speak to one of the elders.

 

STATEMENT FROM EGLINTON CHURCHES TOGETHER AND EGLINTON COMMUNITY CENTRE (ECT/ECC)

“We’re Here to Help”

 

When the Covid-19 lockdown kicked in, in March of this year, the 3 churches in Eglinton in partnership with the Community Centre, were proactive in providing vital services to those who were shielding or vulnerable. As more restrictions have been imposed recently, and some people are at risk of losing jobs as furlough comes to an end, ECT/ECC is preparing to offer services again, if support is needed.

 

Last time, we promoted our services to everyone in the parish. On this occasion, our help will be offered on a more targeted basis, as many of those who needed deliveries from the local shops and pharmacy have now made alternative arrangements. The focus this time will be on offering support, advice, and a signposting service.

 

Anyone seeking assistance with any of these matters, or who knows someone in need, is encouraged to call 07730064879.

 

Eglinton Community Hall is struggling to open up again and is exploring many avenues to build resilience and make services sustainable again. They have applied to the Aviva Community Fund with a crowdfunding idea. They would so appreciate the support of the community in Eglinton to reach the target of £20,000 to allow Eglinton Community Hall to remain open. Eglinton Community Hall Crowdfunding page went live at Midnight on Wednesday 26th August. https://avivacommunityfund.co.uk/eglinton-community

Your support for this project through a donation would be most welcome. 

For alternative ways to donate please contact Ivan Morrison, Treasurer, 07743726306

Everyone is asked to observe the following specific measures to facilitate services:

 

· Please do not attend church if you have any symptoms of Covid – 19 or if you have been advised to self-isolate.

 

· Maintain social distancing at all times.

 

· Use hand sanitizer when entering the church.

 

· Only share a pew with members of your own household.

 

· Fill in registration slips in the pews and leave them in the pew for collection.

 

· At the close of the service, do not leave your pew until there is a gap of at least 2 metres in the aisle.  Those sitting towards the front of the left side of the church and the centre left, should leave by the rear door.  Those sitting in the gallery should wait until the ground floor has been vacated.  Please then move as quickly as possible to your car.

 

·  Please place your offering in the plates in the vestibule as you leave.

 

 We would ask that, if possible, everyone wears a face covering when attending services except those who are exempt and children etc.

 

· There will be no congregational singing. There will be no Sunday School or Creche. However alternative forms of praise will be used and the service will follow an All-age/Family format.

 

For those who still prefer to remain at home please see Video Clip encouraging you to continue to Worship / Pray at home, which we plan to continue to update each week. Please also see Faughanvale Presbyterian Web page and Facebook page for further updates plus Prayer Points below.

 

Our Moderator Right Rev David Bruce, will be continuing a PCI Online Service for the coming weeks - see the Presbyterian Church in Ireland website– News page or on the PCI Facebook page

Only very limited Pastoral Visitation continues to be possible at this time. If you have any particular needs, please contact your District Elder or Mr Blair at lblair@presbyterianireland.org or Tel 028 71810255.

Instead of the Church being open on Monday evenings, anyone who wishes to leave in FWO or other donations can do so on Sundays at the end of the service 11.45-12noon

 

Church Flowers: The flower rota will not operate in the coming weeks. Instead an artificial arrangement will be organised. With thanks to those who organise this.

 

Children and Youth Resources

Presbyterian Youth & Children’s - https://www.facebook.com/PCIChildrensMinistry

 

Scripture Union https://www.facebook.com/ScriptureUnionNI           - See Primary Sessions Who us Jesus etc. & Post Primary Sessions – Living Free Plus family devotions etc.

 

CEF https://www.cefonline.com/covid19/

https://www.cefonline.com/blog/

 

https://hopeforyouthministries.org – Lots of Christian Youtube videos for children and young people

 

Illustrated Ministry – Colouring in etc.     https://www.illustratedministry.com/blog/

 

 

PCI - Let’s Pray 18th – 24th October

Sunday 18 October  Moderator

Please pray for the Moderator as he takes the service on Sunday morning at Cloughwater

PC, as he continues to minister to the Presbyterian church family through the weekly online service and as he meets with the Church Leaders’ group this week.

Young people in worship

Give thanks for young people attending church today. Their world is not one which encourages thought of God or the discipline of weekly routine. Ask God to equip them to live well for him and witness to their peers.

Monday 19 October  Leaders in Training

Rev Elias Agola from the Presbyterian Church of East Africa has been supported by a PCI grant to complete a Masters in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s University. Pray for Rev Agola as he returns to Kenya today and applies his knowledge to the Kenyan context.

Peace building

Pray for PCI’s partners who are working on peace building, particularly the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan. PCOSS work in very challenging circumstances, seeking to bring peace and reconciliation in a country whose short history has been plagued by civil war.

Tuesday 20 October  Deaconess in healthcare

Heather McCracken is a deaconess in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. She asks us to pray for healthcare workers in hospitals and hospices, that God would give them strength for each day and foresight as they make decisions.

Deaconess in healthcare

Pray for peace in the healthcare system in the midst of the unknown and that Heather and others working in healthcare would be able to share the hope of Christ with staff and patients.

Wednesday 21 October  Global mission workers: Kenya

The Cowans are based in Tuum, Kenya. Give thanks for the ongoing support of their ministry in the area and pray that many more people will experience God’s love and power.

Global mission workers: Kenya

The Reids are based in Olkinyei, Kenya. Pray for the Maasai they work among, that God would strengthen them and allow them to stand firm despite the schemes of the enemy.

 

Thursday 22 October  Community outreach worker: Lisnabreen

Christine Wilson asks us to give thanks for the creative ways they have been able to reach the most vulnerable during the pandemic. Pray for deeper relationships and more opportunities to witness. Pray for wisdom in dealing with increasing mental health issues.

Community outreach worker: Balbriggan

Josh McCance asks us to pray for the congregation in Balbriggan, that God would protect them in the midst of changing restrictions and that they would grow in their faith through the online Christianity Explored course and Home Group.

 

Friday 23 October  Social Witness

Pray for all residents and staff in our Social Witness homes and units as they cope with the stress of regular Covid-19 testing. Pray for the Senior Staff Team as they deal with the additional workload generated by new procedures and guidelines.

Public Affairs

Pray for those involved in the Council as they continue to contribute to important, ethical, public square issues that are ongoing – such as the Dying with Dignity Bill in the Oireachtas – now going to Committee stage.

 

Saturday 24 October  General Council

Please pray for the work of the General Council Business Committee as they are faced with difficult decisions as to how to progress the life and work of PCI in challenging circumstances.

Dean of Ministerial Studies and Development

Give thanks for the service that David Allen has given over 5½ years as Dean. Pray for him as he prepares to take up the position of Deputy Clerk on 1 November.