Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Responding to the challenges relating to the Coronavirus
19th May 2020
While this has been, and continues to be, a challenging time for us as individuals and as a church family, and while we continue to grieve with those who grieve, it is good to see a little change in the wind. Ever so slowly the situation is improving, with that comes an opportunity to begin, in line with governmental and denominational guidelines, to tentatively and gradually reopen our church building.
Initially the Kirk Session announced that services would cease for ‘up to twelve weeks’, unfortunately the situation has not developed to the point of placing any date for the return of services or meetings in the manner that we are accustom to. However if this trend of improvement continues we can be confident that we are moving towards seeing our church life restored to us. In the meantime, two small initiatives will begin this week as we take our first steps towards re-emergence together.
Open Church: The Church building will now be open on a Monday and Friday morning from 10am-12noon, to be used as a space for private prayer. In order to accommodate this there will be a one-way system in operation alongside social distancing and hygiene practices. This will also allow us to reintroduce the facility of dropping off church envelopes should anyone desire to do so.
Pastoral Care: ‘Garden Chat’- I hope to begin from next week to offer the opportunity of a social distanced chat in the side garden of the church building. These will take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, for individuals or groups of up to five people. Everyone is welcome, should you wish to avail of this, contact me to book in for a slot. Please don’t arrive without booking as I wouldn’t want to turn anyone away or place anyone at unnecessary risk
‘Garden Visit’- Over the coming days I will be asking Elders and Committee Reps to send me names of those in their district who would value, and where it would be practically possible, a garden visit. I would prearrange to call on a Wednesday afternoon to conduct a socially distanced visit in the front garden. If you would like to contact me directly to arrange such a visit please do so.
With both of these measures there will be a limited number of slots and the weather might not always play ball, but hopefully they will serve as a beginning to slowly moving towards seeing more of each other once again.
I hope these two initiatives are the beginning of many that will see us once again worshipping together as a church family. I pray that you continue to know the Lord’s help during these days, remembering that through our faith in Christ we are not forsaken and that his love for us is new every morning,
“Sun of our life, Your living ray
sheds on our path the glow of day;
star of our hope, Your gentle light
shall ever cheer the longest night.”
Your friend and minister,
Rev. Edward McKenzie
Cregagh Presbyterian Church is an active and family friendly congregation in Belfast at the heart of the Community on the Cregagh Road, midway between a busy shopping area and a residential neighbourhood. We aim to ‘Love God and Love our Neighbour’ by being willing to hear God speak and serve Him obediently in our homes, in our work, in our leisure and in our community.
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