Join Us This Sunday
We are gathering together again each Sunday at 9.30AM and 11.30AM for services in our church building as a community with Jesus Christ at the centre. Whether you’ve been with us for a while or you have never been to Church before we would love for you to come along and join us either on site or online.
On Site Services
In October, we will have two Sunday morning services at 9.30AM and 11.30AM to create an opportunity for children and young people to join us in larger numbers with their parents, and also to provide more places generally for on-site worship.
The gathering at 9.30AM will be shaped for all ages, everyone is welcome to join us. The service will be about 45 minutes in length and include a talk on the particular part of John’s Gospel being studied that week in Life Groups, as well as worship songs to listen to, prayers, puppets, quizzes, prizes (sanitised), and memory verses.
The 11.30AM service will be similar to the 11AM services we have been having in the months of August and September. There will be worship, prayers and a longer talk on John’s Gospel that will be on the same theme as the first service.
Sign-up for each service will be released on Mondays at 9.00am. If you are unable to sign up for a service, due to it having reached capacity, then please try the other one.
During October, online children’s ministries will continue on Monday and Thursday evenings and in-person youth ministry on Sunday evenings. You can find out more about these by going to our Families page.
We want to say a big thank you to those of you who have been able to attend our on-site services during August and September. It has been, and continues to be such a blessing to be able to meet together with a portion of our Church family each week. As our on site services have been running nearly two months now, we wanted to update you on safety measures so that we can continue to ensure that our worship environment is both welcoming and safe.
Both services on a Sunday morning will have the same safety measures. The time between the two services allows for safe exit/entry as well as the cleaning of surfaces. Alternate rows will also be used for each service, so that seats are only used once on a Sunday morning. For those attending Sunday services please continue to:
Maintain Social Distancing – Thank you for keeping two metres apart in our Church building and refraining from physical contact. A hello and a friendly wave will continue to be our greeting of choice.
Wear Face Masks – Thank you for bringing your face coverings to Church these past few weeks. As is formally recommended by the Church of Ireland, face masks should continue to be worn each week (unless medically exempt or under 13 years of age).
Stay at Your Seat – Once seated please stay at your seat for the duration of the service until you are directed to the exit by a steward. Please sanitise your hands at one of the stations, then sign in at the registration table in the welcome area before going to be seated. A big thank you to our wonderful team of stewards who have been doing an excellent job at helping Sunday morning on-site services run smoothly and safely.
Exit the Building Safely – We know that the weather in our beautiful country could be described as unpredictable! So, with that in mind it is best to come prepared for possible wet weather. We would encourage you to bring a coat and an umbrella with you each Sunday so that the Church building, and in particular the porch area, does not become congested upon exit. You will be informed at the end of the service if it is raining so you can get prepared before the stewards guide you to the exit.
Once you have exited the building please do not re-enter the building as we are operating a one way entry and exit system.
Contact tracing procedures will also continue to be an important part of how Church operates over the coming months. As we seek to care for one another we would ask that if you or anyone in your household is unwell or you have been displaying symptoms of Covid-19 please stay at home with those in your household and watch the livestream instead.
Click the button below to watch the guidance for ‘Returning to Church’ video. Please note this was recorded before the introduction of face coverings.
On Sundays, things will look a bit different and each of us will need to think carefully about what is right for us. You may be cautious about coming to our on site services, which is understandable. If you are in an ‘at risk’ category, then certainly we would urge caution and would encourage you to follow government guidelines, in order to safeguard your health. We will continue to provide online worship services through livestreaming and the telephone dial-in service, so ‘Church at Home’ will remain an important way for many of us to stay connected as part of our church family.
Church at Home
Each Sunday our services will be live streamed at 9.30AM and 11.30AM on our YouTube channel. Live streaming means that you can watch the services LIVE, as they happen, each Sunday.
Practically speaking there are a few things to note about live streaming. You can watch the live stream by going directly to our YouTube channel on Sundays or if you are on our mailing list you will receive an email ahead of time with the links to view the livestreamed videos. However, an important point to note is the video stream will not start until shortly before the beginning of each service. If you are a few minutes late to start the live streamed video, it will not start from the beginning but will commence at whatever point we are at in the live service. If this happens and you would like to watch the service from the beginning you will need to rewind the video to view it from the start.
Each Sunday the live streamed video will also be made available on our YouTube channel shortly after the service has finished.
As a Church family we can worship God anywhere, any day of the week, through thanks and praise sung aloud or spoken in our hearts. In every moment of our lives we can praise God for who He is! So, as we look forward to gathering together physically as a family on Sunday mornings, we remember that God is not bound by space or time. If you are staying at home on Sunday, know that we miss you but most importantly, know that The Lord is with you.
“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20