Announcements Sunday 28 February 2021
‘FOR NOW’ Bible Study Booklet: Being the Church in unusual times – PCI have produced this booklet for everyone, free of charge, and is aimed at connecting with every church family and establishing a rhythm of church life while Covid-19 restrictions continue. The booklet contains:
- a message from the Moderator;
- a devotional piece and prayer;
- suggested readings from the Psalms;
- practical suggestions and encouragement to every family to maintain connection with their congregation while regular worship and rhythms of church life continue to experience disruption.
Booklets cannot be distributed until after the current restrictions are lifted, however, you can access it online via the PCI website.
PRESBYTERIAN HERALD – ” The winter 2021 edition of the Presbyterian Herald is now with the agents of every congregation. However the Herald office has advised that the magazines are not to be delivered until after the end of the current lockdown period. In the meantime the Herald can be accessed at presbyterianireland.org. “
SPACE ACADEMY – If you are in P1 – P7, come and join us in the Space Academy on the CYF You Tube channel every Friday night at 6 pm beginning on Friday 26 February right through to Friday 2 April. We will be looking at the Prophets in the Old Testament and learning God’s plan for them, and God’s plan for us. We will have songs, quizzes, craft and plenty of prizes to be won! Sign up now and receive your very own Space pack and Space Badge. Don’t miss it, it will be out of this world!
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER – FRIDAY 5 MARCH 2021 – This was formerly known as the Women’s World Day of Prayer. Each year a service is prepared by women of a participating country and this year it was ladies from Vanuatu. In previous years, this service would have been repeated in almost 150 countries, in just under 100,000 services, with over 1.5 million Christians, speaking 79 different languages, uniting to pray for issues affecting women and children. Unfortunately, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, these services cannot be held this year, so we are encouraging you to take some time out on Friday 5 March to pray alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world. You can support this work financially by donating online at wwdp.org.uk or by leaving an envelope into the church marked WDP (If you would like to gift aid your donation, please include your name, address and signature) from Monday 8 March.
VOLUNTEERS – We are appealing for volunteers to help with the Easy Worship/Live Streaming on Sunday mornings. No experience required as training will be given and you will only be required to operate on a rota system. It is very urgent because if we can’t get some additional help it may result in these essentials to Worship being unavailable.
CHURCH ATTENDANCE – Church is closed due to the current COVID 19 restrictions. The current restrictions have been extended to Thursday 1 April. Following the next NI Executive review on Thursday 18 March, PCI will then assess the situation and make a decision on whether congregations in Northern Ireland could begin to meet again for worship from Friday 2 April with all the necessary precautions and mitigations in place.
FOOD BANK – Thank you to all who have donated a variety of food stuffs for our local food bank. The next collection will be on Tuesday 9 March from 11 a.m. – 12 noon in the Church car park. We are looking for tinned potatoes and uht milk, if possible.
NEWTOWNARDS & DISTRICT CHRISTIAN AID VIRTUAL QUIZ, FRIDAY 12 MARCH 2021 at 7.30 pm – In place of the annual Table Quiz, this year’s event is a Fun Quiz on Zoom. Everyone who has Zoom on their phone, iPad, tablet or other device can enter. Please register with the church office by sending them the family or other name that will appear on your device, as well as your email address so we can send you the Zoom invitation and link, no later than Monday 8 March. They can provide any details needed. We are aiming for the event to last around one hour. How many people can enter from your house? As many people as want to. We won’t be keeping scores, so don’t be afraid – you will know most of the answers anyway! Don’t forget to organise your coffee and treats to add to the enjoyment. As this is a Christian Aid event, we ask you to make a voluntary donation of whatever you can afford (we would suggest £5.00 per adult) by donating on our JustGiving page before the end of March, adding on Gift Aid if the person making the gift is a taxpayer. Go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/newtownards-christian-aid
THE SCOUT GROUP – The Scout Group are looking for new leaders/helpers for all sections. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Terry Troughton on 07885217652.
SAFEGUARDING TRAINING is now being offered ONLINE for leaders. Foundation training sessions for new leaders and Refresher training sessions for existing leaders will be available in February and March. If you were unable to attend our last training session in Regent Street in 2019 or have not had training in the past 3 years please contact Gillian in the office for further details. (Via email if possible)
The Church Office is closed again due to the new lockdown restrictions:
However, you can still contact us by phone or email. Please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Telephone: 028 91 822416