I am writing this letter on Monday 27th April, a significant day in our lives and in the life of the parish. It was on this date, eight years ago, that I was instituted as rector of the parish and Joan and I began our ministry here. We thank you for your love, care, support and prayers, and we want to assure you of our love, care, support and prayers during those years and especially in these extraordinary times.
The regulations to help restrict the spread of the coronavirus are impacting on all our lives, in so many ways. One of these is that we are unable to meet together to worship the Lord and interact with one another in person.
Sunday Services Online
Although, we are not able to meet in person, we are able to worship together on Sunday mornings at 10.30am for our online service. This service is available on Facebook and on the website. Please do help others find us and follow us, share posts with family and friends. (www.facebook.com/bchurchni | www.bchurch.co.uk).
Sunday Services by Phone
From Sunday 26th April people can listen to our Sunday service at 10.30am by telephone. The phone number is 028 4040 0345. Calls will be charged at the standard network rate but, for many people, calls to this number may be included in their network package. Each Sunday service will be available until the following Sunday.
In addition to the service on Sunday I, or a member of the team, lead Morning Prayer each weekday at 10.00am and I celebrate Holy Communion on Sundays at 9.00am. This helps those who join with us, albeit it a virtual way, to worship and pray together. An Order of Service for Morning Prayer and Holy Communion were included with my letter in March. Please contact the Parish Office if you did not receive that letter or if you have misplaced the Order of Service. Readings for May and June are included in this mailing. Please feel free to use all or some of the readings. Also included are the Bible 2020 readings.
Youth and Children’s Ministry
Ava and the team are continuing to provide an online ministry to children and young people. Please do help and encourage children and young people to connect with these ministries.
Thank you to everyone who contributes financially to support the ministry and mission of the Church. We have heard of scams in other places, where people are calling at homes, saying they are collecting church weekly envelopes. No-one has been authorised to collect weekly envelopes on our behalf.
Some parishioners have asked how they can continue to give at this time. For those who have access to the internet, please consider giving online. There’s information on our website about giving by Standing Order, making a one-off donation, or giving by cheque. Please contact the Office if you would like further information.
Support and Pastoral Care
Although pastoral visiting is suspended I, and members of the team, will endeavour to provide pastoral support by phone. Please contact me or the Parish Office (028 4062 firstname.lastname@example.org) if you, or someone you know, need help or support, (including collecting/delivering essential supplies or prescriptions), or phone me (028 4062 2612 or 07933096720) if you would like to talk or would like someone to pray with you.
May you know the presence, peace and power of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. May He draw you into a deeper and more meaningful relationship with Him. May He encircle and encourage you, guard and guide you, renew and restore you, strengthen and sustain you.
Yours for the sake of Christ