DAY 88: Sunday 14 June
Good morning everyone - today is day 88 of our daily emails and the 13th of our Virtual Sunday services.
Given recent announcements and speculation about further relaxation of lockdown restrictions, I have been asked if we can say when Chapel services and groups may restart. The answer at this time is that we still don’t know and until clear direction is forthcoming, we cannot give a specific date. With the current 2m distancing rules, were we to hold a normal Chapel service, the seating limitations would mean we would need to run the service 3 times in order to accommodate all of you.
Even when social distancing is reduced to 1 metre, we would still be limited in accommodation. More importantly, we will not do anything to risk anyone’s safety, especially those of you who for the past 3 months have been shielding and not even left your homes. Rest assured as soon as the Trustees, Elders and Deacons are confident about reopening the Chapel, we will obviously let everyone know.
For today’s virtual service we have put together a video service comprising 2 video talks plus 4 songs which I trust you will enjoy, be challenged and be blessed. The service features the second episode of the Discipleship Explored course which we followed in our Sunday services during the Spring of 2018. This episode is entitled ‘Living in Christ’ and is based on Philippians 1:12-26 and focussing on verse 21 with Paul’s words ‘for me to live is Christ and to die is gain’.
The second half of the service features Rico Tice from All Soul’s Church, Langham Place, speaking about the recent events and suffering caused by the pandemic, especially amongst some of his congregation. He speaks from three verses in James chapter 4 challenging the way we make plans for our lives.
James 4:13-15 - Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
Here's the link to today’s service which lasts 36 minutes >>> https://falconlodgechapel.sermon.net/21607638
Like everyone else, we are looking forward to when we will be able once again to meet together on Sundays and at other times throughout the week. In the meantime, we will endeavour to keep sending the emails and preparing virtual services.
Yesterday we heard encouraging news that Vera had been taken off the morphine drip, had eaten something for the first time in days and was speaking a few words. Please keep praying.
Following last Sunday’s service, the Chapel made an additional donation to Kids Club Kampala over and above our regular monthly gift. Olivia from Kids Club also watched the virtual service we had put together for last week and as well as thanking us for the Chapel gift also thanks each one of you who have made individual personal donations. She is looking forward to when she will be able to come and join with us again in person, hopefully not too far in the future.
Remember that from tomorrow you will need a face mask to travel on buses and with some taxi operators.