Looking back...looking ahead
As we look back we give thanks to God for the summer months. It was a time to meet again as a church family, albeit under COVID-19 restrictions. Even so, being able to worship together in person has been encouraging and edifying. Normally during the warmer months we have many outdoor events, picnics and opportunities to invite our non Christian friends. This year has been different and our main focus has been directed towards our young people. Being a smaller group of just 10-15 people they have been able to meet together every week with the main purpose of deepening friendships. We are thankful for our interns, Leopoldo and Lidiane, who headed up this work, including a week of activities at the end of August before school starts back.
As we look ahead we are excited to officially receive around 30 new members in CPV, during a special service on 6th September. This service was to be held in March but had to be postponed because of the lockdown. It will not be the big celebration we had planned with food afterwards but we are thankful to finally be able to publicly receive these new members.
We continue to meet for our weekly prayer meeting via Zoom. We had hoped to move this to the church but there is a lot of uncertainty about new measures that the government will implement from mid September as we enter a “state of contingency”. It may mean that groups larger than 10 people cannot meet together (excluding Sunday service). From October we are planning to restart our small groups in the homes of some of our members. As these groups are by definition “small” we are hopeful these will go ahead and be a great encouragement to our people.
• Give thanks for the adolescents, praying that their relationship with God and each other will continue to grow.
• Give thanks for the new members of CPV.
• Pray for patience and wisdom for us as we
lead CPV, that we will be able to navigate the COVID-19 restrictions while continuing to be a church involved with God in His mission.
• Pray for Lucy who has started back into school for her final year to study for her A levels.
• Pray for Alana who will return to NI on 19th September to begin the final year of her degree at University of Ulster.
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am with them” Matt 18:20