Changing Christmas Plans?

Do you have to change your church’s Christmas plans?

Dear Friends,

the announcements yesterday from the various governments in these islands have made many Elderships consider if they need to change the Christmas services on offer this week. 

Many will still continue to offer live in person worship with all the social distancing and “covid secure” precautions, many others  – especially those in areas with higher restrictions – will not want to offer in-person worship.  It’s a big ask to expect ministers, Elders and Lay Preachers to prepare online worship at such short notice so I am sending you all the links to the Daily Devotion audio only services in the hope they may be useful.

If you don’t have any role in preparing worship please just ignore this email!  You will still receive the services as normal this week.  If you are an Elder, Lay Preacher or minister and your church is wondering how to mark Christmas following yesterday’s announcements you may find these resources useful.

Each month we sent out an email containing various links for the next month’s worship.  By following this link

https://mailchi.mp/b08aff47c54f/services-for-advent-and-christmas?e=[UNIQID]

you can see the email we sent out in November with all the December services.  If you scroll down it  you will find links to a Carol Service, Midnight Communion and Christmas Day morning service as well as to a service for 27th December.  If you follow this link

https://mailchi.mp/e81fa75bc937/januarys-service-material?e=[UNIQID]

you will find the January services.

For each service we offer the text in booklet format as well as large print A4, a link to the Soundcloud site which is what we suggest you point your people to in order to listen and, though it’s probably too late now for Christmas services, links to enable you to download the material to burn to CD or put on a telephone service like Twilio.  Twilio allow you to set up, very cheaply, a local phone number which people can dial to hear the recorded service.  If this might be a helpful option for your church I can set this up for you on my Twilio account so when I change the recording every phone number linked to my account will have the new material.  If your church wishes to do this then please ask the minister or lead Elder to contact me.  The cost would be around £10.

As I said earlier, most of you can happily ignore this email!  If your church would like to make use of the DD services – either instead of in person worship or for those who will be staying at home to protect themselves please do feel free.

with every good wish

Andy

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