September already! We seem to have spent a lot of
the year waiting for something different… better … more… to happen and we are really still doing the
same. Much has improved since last September but there is still a great deal of uncertainty. Yes, we are mostly
double-jabbed and hoping to be able to go out and about as normal, but it’s not as easy as that! Some normality
has happened… and some has been re-restricted. We’ll have to wait and see whether schools’ returning
to classes brings about a massive rise in cases of covid…
One bit of old normality was our church meeting this
week. At our first members meeting held in the hall since February 2020 (OK, not as previously in the quiet room, we
made concessions to safer distancing and ventilation), it was good to be able to see each other round the table rather than
at quite a distance in church after service and have more time to discuss things. Hearing what was said was still a
problem… masks don’t make life easy. We’ll have to find ways of getting around that, but we were
able to complete a rather long meeting and make some important decisions concerning marriages and funerals in our church,
the revamping of the church website and the revoking of the deacons’ temporary authority to make decisions during the
covid restrictions. We also finalised the plans for a Harvest Tea to be held on Saturday September 25th at 3pm and decided
to resume morning and evening bible studies in the church building as from September. There was interest in continuing
the zoom bible studies and it was decided to investigate a different day/time of the week for these.
It was agreed that as
a church we seem to have coped well with the covid restrictions over the last eighteen months. The pandemic is by no
means over and there will be continuing disruption and possibly restrictions reimposed as we go into the winter months, but
the worries that as a church we may not survive, that by not being able to meet in person in church, a lot of us would give
up or get out of the habit of regular worship has been proved wrong. Our electronic meetings and contacts have kept
the vast majority of us together and talking, discussing, supporting each other. If restrictions on our meeting together
are re-imposed we should be able to revert to our zoom services and studies and keep going. We may find that as we get
back to in-person meetings we wish to keep up with the electronic ones as additional activities … so we end up with
more fellowship and meeting together. That’s brilliant!! We come out with more than we went in with .. which
may come as a surprise to some… but let’s embrace technology and let it continue to help us grow!
As we move into Autumn
let us hope and pray “normal” continues to be more of an option. Please take care and stay safe…
it’s not time to ditch your mask and meet up in huge groups. We will get there but caution is still needed.
Keep washing your hands and looking out for your neighbours.
Welcome back to regular Bible studies in the church hall, as from the 1st
Bible studies will recommence on the first and third Wednesdays and Thursdays as from 1st September:
Wednesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at 10.30am.
Please check the Newsletter for future dates and times.
Bible studies, as the studies are restarting in the hall on Wednesdays, the day and the time of the Zoom studies will need
to change to allow those who may wish to go on Wednesday evenings. I am happy to continue these after my summer holiday,
I am away the first full week of September.