We continue to find ourselves amidst uncertain and draining circumstances, with UK society still in “lockdown” and our normal lives a fleeting memory at times. In the midst of this, much effort has been undertaken by various folks within our incredibly caring church family to coordinate practical, emotional and spiritual support. We will be emailing you once a month with an update on matters and may include some resources we think could be of benefit.
Firstly, let me reiterate that our pastoral care system is still in place, so anyone needing help and unable to gain it from existing networks/family should phone the church office on 01324 713855. Any messages left will be picked up within 24 hours, if not sooner, and a response will be coordinated by Ian Baillie, our Pastoral Assistant. If you would also be willing to support others, maybe by giving someone a phone call, or with other tasks if you are able, then please let us know by calling the office number above.
Our Sunday morning services also continue to be available on the internet, but we are now putting a system in place to supply those not online with a posted CD or DVD copy instead. These will be sent every two weeks and contain two services. Additionally, anyone can listen to a recording of the latest Sunday service using only their house phone – no internet required. Simply call 01324 468803 then wait 30 seconds – the recording will then play! Furthermore, it is also possible now to listen to a copy of the Tuesday Evening Sermon by calling 01324 468811 or a copy of the Good Friday Service by calling 01324 468817. These recordings are updated within 24 hours of the event.
We continue to encourage you to pray amidst the coronavirus pandemic, particularly by setting aside 7pm on a Sunday for prayer, no matter how long you give. Ideas for prayer topics are updated every two weeks and are available on the website amongst a new ‘Covid-19’ section: https://www.brightonschurch.org.uk/covid-19/
On there you can find copies of instructions, useful articles, recent letters and printed resources, as well as how to support the congregation and wider community at this time.
Attached to this email we also include a financial update from our Finance Team and Treasurer, as the inability to gather for worship will greatly affect our financial resources at this time and we are seeking ways to counteract this.
Finally, we have had some recent bereavements: Mr and Mrs Buchanan of Randolph Crescent passed away within days of each other the week after Easter. Additionally, Joy Napier of Polwarth Avenue passed away in the early hours of 22nd April. Our thoughts and prayers are with both families at this sad and difficult time, especially with the limitations upon funeral attendance to only close family members.
In these unprecedented times, I pray for ‘our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you…’ (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17) We recently celebrated Easter and remembered the great hope we have because of Jesus’ death and resurrection – a hope that is living (1 Peter 1:3) for He lives. Amidst these hard times, when we feel weary and worried, may we be strengthened and encouraged by our risen Lord, who is ever present with us, never leaving nor forsaking us, and by His Word and Spirit may we know afresh the hope we have due to His self-sacrificing love and grace.
With love to you all,
your brother in Christ,
Thursday 23rd April 2020