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(The reports were done before the current restrictions came into force.)

Sunday

17th January 2021

11AM

If you are joining us on-line, you are very welcome.

Link to live streamed


Join us by Zoom on Wednesday 20th January at 7.30pm. 

The topic will be "Sin - What man has done"

Zoom Link will be here on the night.


Foodbank collections continue on Saturday mornings between 10-11am at the church halls.

"Second Saintfield Youth" meet fortnightly on Sunday evenings via Zoom. We meet at 8:00pm for teenagers & students. Our next meeting is on 24th January.

Please contact Rev. Torrens for further details.

Accounts

Would all treasurers of organisations

please forward their accounts for 2020 to our treasurer Roy Copes as soon as possible as the 2020 church accounts need to be completed. (Please do so even if many of the entries are zero.)


Members, if you would like to catch up with your Free Will Offering or would like to donate to the work of our church, details HERE.

Following the recent announcement that "In-person gatherings for worship, along with most other church gatherings, are set to cease from midnight on Thursday 7th Jan until Saturday 6 Feb", services from Second Saintfield will be live streamed during this period. 
Our hope and desire is that we will be able to gather for public worship again, in our church building from 7th February onwards but I trust you will understand this depends on the circumstances at this time. 
For now, the session would like to encourage you to join us at 11am on Sundays to worship via the live streamed services in your home's and to be extra vigilant to stay safe. 
Finally please pray for the musicians, minister and AV team who will continue to gather in the church to bring us the streamed services.
Click the link below to watch a short video that tells you what we are doing to keep safe in church when we're allowed to meet again.


Our services will be streamed live on YouTube. If you, or someone you know, would like the service on DVD please contact us.

We are delighted to announce that the Ordination and Installation of John Torrens as our new minister has taken place on Thursday 18th June.


Due to the current restrictions this could not take place in our church, but was done in Assembly Buildings, Belfast. (Apart from technical support and John Torrens, only five other people were present.)


The service was recorded and can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

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Letter from John

on 24th June here


17 March 2020

Due to coronavirus, congregations across the Presbyterian Church have been informed by the Moderator and Clerk of Assembly that all church activities will cease with immediate effect. All Sunday gatherings for worship will also cease until further notice.


In his letter the Clerk of Assembly states: -


‘At this stage, it is not possible to ascertain a realistic end date for the above restrictions, hence the phrase ‘until further notice’. However, be assured that this formal advice will be withdrawn as soon as government guidance permits’


Consequently, we regret that there will be no services taking place at 2nd Saintfield from this Sunday.


These are unprecedented times and as a Church we are concerned about those among our membership and their families who, by reason of age, medical condition or indeed other family members will be self-isolating. 


To ensure that we know about your circumstances and can plan to provide what pastoral care and practical help we can during your periods of isolation, please contact your elder.


If you are unsure who your elder is, contact any one from the following list.

Milne Barbour

Robert Barr

Colin Black

Gordon Campbell

Roy Copes

James Gilmore

07875 863134

02897 521470

07768 541047

07779 247916

02897 510773

07552 628121

Scott Laidlaw

Garth Leaker

Trevor Leaker

John McAllister

Stanley McFarland

Bryan Rea

07752 897197

07894 596488

07740 880932

07736 372317

07740 873707

02897 510155

Clearly we will be limited in what we can do, but we have a growing list of volunteers who your elder may contact to assist you with, for example....


Prayer support. 

A friendly phone call.

A point of contact. 

Posting mail.

Urgent supplies or picking up shopping. (To be left at your door.)


Remember, we need to take every precaution to ensure that we are spreading only the love of God and His kindness. We must avoid physical contact (2m distance), wash our hands regularly and where appropriate items will be left on your doorstep.


Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging…….. “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.


Every blessing to you all.




Jesus replied,

“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

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