TAKE NOTE: REGENT STREET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CAR PARK – As a result of the refurbishment of the church roof, the church car park will not be available for use from the 20th April 2022. The work is estimated to take around 6 months. Vehicle access to the site from both the front and rear entrances will not be permitted during this period. Pedestrian access however will be available. From the front gate, pedestrians can keep left and enter through the doors at the ‘Hub’ during normal opening hours (access to the doors of the church sanctuary will be locked). From the small gate at the Mill St entrance at the rear, of the church, pedestrians can keep right and walk along the rear and side of the Main Hall to enter via the rear doors to the halls. Parents are encouraged to use this entrance to drop off and collect children from any organisations held during the week. This will also be the main entrance for Sunday morning worship. Public car parking (some free) is available in Mill St Car park, directly opposite the rear entrance of the church. Similarly, paid car parking is available opposite the front entrance of the church. It is important to remind everyone that access to the areas where work is taking place is strictly prohibited. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause during this period of essential maintenance.
Relaxations of Covid Restrictions for Sunday services: –
- Face coverings are no longer required (including when singing) with those who prefer to continue to use face coverings clearly being free to do so.
- Social distancing is no longer required, however where possible a one meter distance is still recommended.
- The requirement to be shown to your seat and from your seat at the end of the service is no longer required. The congregation being advised to leave as quickly as possible in order not to block aisles.
- Hand sanitisers will continue to be made available and encouraged to be used. Ventilation will be a priority.
FOOD BANK – Thank you to all who have donated a variety of food stuffs for our local food bank. Your generosity has allowed the food bank to feed 598 adults and 454 children in the period between the start of October 2021 and the end of January 2022. At times the foodbank gets overstocked on items like pasta, cereal and beans, yet have shortages in some particular lines – we would therefore encourage you to follow the Thriving Life Church Compassion Centre Newtownards Facebook page (@TLCCompassionCentre) to see the current needs. Due to the car park being unavailable for the next 6 months, we have had to stop collections, but we would encourage you to take your donations directly to Thriving Life Church Food Bank which is opened every Tuesday and Friday from 11 am to 1 pm.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK: 15 – 21 MAY 2022 – For the first time in a generation, global poverty is rising. Covid-19, conflict and the climate crisis are pushing more of our global neighbours into a struggle for survival. This Christian Aid Week we stand together with our neighbours in Zimbabwe, a country where the impact of the climate crisis is keenly felt and where drought is leading to widespread hunger. Drought starves, It robs women and men of the chance to farm and drives their families into hunger. Women are often most affected. In rural Zimbabwe, seven out of ten women rely on farming to earn a living. With no rain, women can’t grow enough food, and struggle to provide for their children. You should receive an envelope through the door this week and we would encourage you to donate to this appeal by dropping of your filled envelop at either Top Spot, Vivo or the church office. Alternatively, you can donate online. (If you would like to volunteer to distribute the envelopes, please contact Ian Macdonald a.s.a.p.)
Thursday 26: THURSDAY CLUB – Meet this morning at 10.30 am in the Scrabo Room. Our theme this morning is ‘Who do you think you are?’. Everyone is welcome. We would be delighted to welcome new members and in particular members who have not made it back as yet. The Church car park is now closed for work to commence on the roof. We have been given permission to use Regent Street Methodist Church’s car park for the duration (unless it is being used for their own congregational needs). Please note that the Methodist church will not be liable if anything happens to your car while in the car park.
Sunday 29: PRAYER GATHERING – Meets this morning in the Scrabo Room from 10.30 am to 10.50 am. Everyone welcome.
MORNING WORSHIP – will be led by Rev Donald Patton at 11 am. CHURCH AGM – This will take place immediately following this morning service. The sole purpose of this AGM will be to present for adoption the Church’s Financial Statement for the year ended 31 December 2021. Copies of the Financial Report are available from the church office. This morning’s service will also include the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, where we will continue to use the individual small cups and wafers, which you can pick up on your way into church.
SUNDAY SCHOOL – meet this morning.
QUEST (Bible Class) – meet this morning.
Monday 30: PRAYER SPACE – We meet from 12.30 pm to 1 pm in the Scrabo Room. If you are free, we would encourage you to come along to pray for our church, community, country and the wider world.
Friday 3: FIRST FRIENDS (Mums and tots group) – from 10.30 am to 12 noon. This is for all pre-school kids and their carers. Please come along and enjoy the fun and friendship. You will be made very welcome. The Church car park is now closed for work to commence on the roof. We have been given permission to use Regent Street Methodist Church’s car park for the duration (unless it is being used for their own congregational needs). Please note that the Methodist church will not be liable if anything happens to your car while in the car park.
NEWTOWNARDS HEARING AID USER SUPPORT SERVICE – Our next session is in Regent Street Presbyterian Church on Monday 6 June from 10 am to 12 noon. We can provide new batteries, cleaning and re-tubing of ear moulds for NHS hearing aids. This service will continue on the first Monday of every month.
HOLIDAY BIBLE CLUB 2022 – This will take place from Monday 25 to Friday 29 July. Our morning sessions will take place in Victoria Primary School. Our evening venue has yet to be confirmed. If anyone would like to help and haven’t already volunteered, please contact Julie Troughton.
CAP (Christians against poverty) DEBT HELP – Lifting the weight of debt. Free debt advice and personal support in Newtownards, Comber and the Ards Peninsula. Book your free appointment 0800 328 0006, capdebthelp.org This is in partnership with the Link Family Centre/Ards Area Churches.
VOLUNTEERS – We are continuing to appeal 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.Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9 am – 1.00 pm. 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 Email: email@example.com; Website: http://www.regentstreetpc.org