4 Feb. : ‘Welcoming’, Trinity Hall 25 Feb. : ‘Gathering’, Trinity Hall 11th Mar. : ‘Caring’, Trinity Hall 25th Mar. : ‘Serving’, Bailieborough Hall 8th Apr. : ‘Witnessing’, Trinity Hall 22nd Apr. : ‘Sending’, Trinity Hall 6th May : – BBQing!, The Rectory, Bailieborough
Following a meeting of the Sunday School superintendents and the representative elders from Corglass, Trinity and Corraneary the required risk assessments have been completed and we are delighted to be ready to resume Sunday School and Bible Class!
Elders will be getting in touch with families in their district to inform them of the resumption of Sunday School and Bible Class from Sunday 6th February (in Corglass).
We ask parents to ensure that their children bring along their catechism, Bible for the older children, and the last workbook if possible. Children should also bring a pencil or pen, and a mask for those aged 9 and upwards.
Very young children for crèche may bring a small toy of their own to play with, but under current guidelines, sharing toys should be avoided.
Parents are also asked to remind their children to practise safe social distancing (1 metre under the current guidelines). We will have measures in place to make Sunday School and Bible Class safer, but if your child is feeling unwell, please do not send them to Sunday School or Bible Class.
This is such an important ministry, and we hope and pray that it will be an enriching and fun experience for our children.
Corglass session have agreed to proceed with the communion service scheduled for 2 January 2022 with caution. The service will be for Corglass members only and those intending to attend the service should only do so if they are happy to attend and symptom free. For safety reasons this will be a shortened service.
Due to the current record number of COVID-19 cases in Ireland and the highly infectious situation the elders of Ervey have decided to temporarily suspend in-person services in Ervey. We hope that services will be back soon when it is safer for those who will attend.
We had been looking forward to the 22nd of October and the lifting of most restrictions that affect us as we gather for worship. However, as you know, the number of COVID infections and the number of related hospitalisations increased greatly in recent weeks. As a result the only change in restrictions for church services has been the removal of the limit on the number of people in attendance. Other protective measures remain, which means that we must continue to maintain two meters distance between households and continue to wear face coverings.
This is of course very disappointing and frustrating. We were especially looking forward to resuming Sunday school and are very sad that we will have to wait a while longer until the two meters distance is no longer required.
Please do remember to pray for the sick and the vulnerable and to be very careful to fight against the spread of this disease. Cases of COVID continue to be dangerously high and we must remember that young children are still not vaccinated. Pray for our health service and all those working hard to help people.
The Presbyterian Church in Ireland is in regular contact with the Taoiseach’s office, seeking clarity on these restrictions and trying to communicate our needs. I will do my best to keep you updated when the situation changes.
I am delighted to inform you that Rev John is returning to duties tomorrow, Saturday 3rd July and will conduct the in person services again from Sunday 4th. The online services on Sundays 4th and 11th July will be conducted by Rev Richard Houston, and Mr Brian Parker respectively. From Sunday 18th July the online services will follow recordings of Rev John’s sermon series.
Join with me in praying for Rev John as he resumes his duties and for your congregations, for God’s guidance and blessing in the days ahead. Rev Daryl