Images by Dan Jones.
Summer & Autumn.
Current Zoom service and Evening service continue until end of August
We’ll introduce four ways to meet from September until the end of December:
Sundays (September - December).
"All In" at 11am (Short service, all in the same room, meal or snack)
"All In" at 4pm (Short service, all in the same room, meal or snack)
"The Evening Service" 7.30pm (Longer worship, teaching, ministry)
Thursdays (September - December).
"Word and Song" 8pm (Worship, teaching (the same sermon as the previous Sunday evening))
Continuing as now.
Our current pattern of meeting online on Sunday mornings and in-person will continue until the end of August.
Why are we not resuming meeting as we used to at the earliest opportunity?
We know this plan may be disappointing for some who have longed for us to "return to normal". We recognise that there are a range of feelings about how we should be meeting, with some advocating a rush back to the building and others preferring a far more cautious approach.
We think that beginning in September will give people time to find their feet, decide how they will feel about volunteering and meeting in larger crowds. We have had some prophetic confirmation, including this from Elizabeth "The phrase that kept coming to me was "holding back", don't be afraid to hold back on some things that ultimately seem good, they can be more effective, for a longer time if their release into their intended environment is controlled."
Please do remember, even when we begin in September, some will find it hard. For those who want to meet in person before September the current Sunday evening service will increasingly benefit from restrictions easing and we may be able to change the limitation on numbers.
Sundays: "All In" at 11am and "All In" at 4pm
The two "All In" services will have limited spaces (numbers to be confirmed) so you will need to book in for them. People will sit at tables and the service will contain a short session of sung worship, space to use our gifts, Bible reading, a short and engaging talk, an interview, and communion. This will flow straight into a meal or snack (bring your own). After a year of isolation we want to give some valuable time to rebuilding relationships with one another.
This emphasis, too, has recently been prophetically confirmed, for example Nick encouraged us by writing "revitalising authentic church life will necessitate an emphasis on relationship and time together; fellowship both with one another and even more essentially with our glorious Triune God."
Timings will be as follows:
11.15am/4.15pm Service starts
12noon/5pm Meal or snack
1pm/6pm Clear up (all together)
September to December.
Four meeting options.
We will run four meeting options between September and December and review them as we go along. Will we do this forever? We don’t know! At this point we are simply planning to run until December.
Sundays: "The Evening Service" 7.30pm
This service will be similar to what we used to do on a Sunday morning (but without children’s work or youth work). There will be more time for worship (perhaps even a band!), teaching, communion and ministry.
Thursdays: "Word and Song" 8pm
Doors will open at 7.45pm for an 8pm start. This will be a simple time of teaching (a repeat of the sermon from the previous Sunday Evening Service) and sung worship.
There are some frequently asked questions here. (These were compiled during our period of consultations).
This week's episode of InConvo is also dedicated to talking about these plans: Daniel (Team Leader), Mandy (Children’s Worker) and Luke (Youth Worker) spend some time discussing the autumn, you can hear that podcast here.
Let us know.
If you expect to be genuinely unable to go to any of the in-person meetings and would need an online option, please get in touch and tell us about your circumstances to help our planning.