“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities” (Rom.13.1).
We continue to recognise the God-given role which the ‘governing authorities’ fulfil, and the need prayerfully to uphold them in the exercise of their weighty responsibilities.
The Leadership Team constantly monitor the changing situation, with a view to safeguarding both the physical health of one and all, and the spiritual well-being of our people and our city, always in line with the most up-to-date government guidelines.
Sunday Morning Service
Over the past two or three months (apart from the three Sundays, 9th-23rd August incl., during the ‘local lockdown’) we have been glad to have worshippers again present in the building for our regular morning service each Sunday, albeit in limited numbers and under the limited conditions required by the government.
To accommodate all who are able and willing to gather in the building for this service, seating will continue to be by ‘allocation’ for those who are on our regular distribution list. If you’re not on that regular distribution list but would like to attend our morning worship service, please use the Booking Form on the home page of the website and we’ll try to ensure you get a seat.
Sunday Evening Service
The Leadership Team, having given careful thought to the practicalities involved, are satisfied that it is both appropriate and safe now to be resuming our congregational worship in the building on a Sunday evening as well – under the same restrictions as those which have governed our morning services. Barring further government restrictions, Sunday 1st November, accordingly, will see the resumption of the evening service being held in the building with up to 50 worshippers physically present.
Attendance at this service, as at the morning service, will be restricted by the government limit of 50 people, and (as distinct from the morning service) everyone should use the Booking Form on the website for this.
We aim to ensure that both the morning and evening services will continue to be available ‘live’ on-line for the many who for one reason or another cannot be present in the building.
We continue to monitor the situation, of course, day by day and week by week.
Sharing in our worship on-line
All our services of worship continue to go out ‘live’ on-line from Gilcomston at the regular worship times (Sundays at 11am and 6.30pm and Tuesdays at 12.45pm). The ‘live-streaming’ starts a little while before the actual service time and can be accessed from the home page of our website. The services can still also be accessed subsequently as recordings available under the ‘Resources’ tab on the menu.
These may be small changes but we believe they are a significant step back towards the fuller expression of our fellowship’s life and ministry in the heart of the city for which we long and pray.