I think we are now approaching the end of 'Week Two' but I've lost count to be honest! I hope you are all persevering out there - I have a motto of WWGTT - We Will Get Through This ! It comes to me whenever I am praying about the crisis we are in.
Praise God we are not without encouragement at this time! Thanks to the wonders of technology we have, in effect, 'planted' a 'new church' in the form of Live@11! Over the two weeks we have been running each broadcast has been watched by a good many more than normally come on a Sunday to SVBC! Some 145+ individual viewers (+ spouses and families) have been watching! So Praise God - and Praise God that Dave has assembled, in very limiting circumstances, a Heath Robinson approach to live broadcast that actually works!
Remember that Sunday's edition will include communion - so do have some bread or biscuits and some drink of some description to hand - nothing fancy will do - so that you can also join in.
The Leadership had a 'zoom' meeting on Thursday and we felt that the live@11 broadcasts were being pitched just right. So we will be continuing in that vein. However, I am conscious that they are limited in the teaching we can do. So I am going to be recording a new series from the E100 - taking us forward in Genesis. These will be in video form and loaded onto our website with study questions for you to view and maybe use in 'zoom' / WhatsApp small groups study groups as our 'Lockdown' continues.
Our new prayer meeting on a Wednesday evening started last week using Microsoft Teams. We were about 8 in number logged on and I sensed God leading our prayers over the internet! Praise God! We even got to hear Trish's cuckoo clock!! I know a few more of you struggled to join. Since then a number of us have experimented with 'Zoom' meetings and have found the quality was perhaps better. So this week's prayer meeting will be on Zoom. It is all about experimenting and finding out what works best! I know it means a lot of us learning how to use what can look like intimidating technology - every day is a school day! But I think we are all being forced/called out of our comfort zones to do Church in new ways. So be brave! and give it a go!
Here is the link - you can enter the meeting before me - but I will be logged on and live from 7.15pm! To Join Wednesday's Zoom Prayer Meeting click on this...
You may need to enter the following
Meeting ID: 189 822 381
You can also join just by dialling your phone and then you can listen to us and speak as on the phone normally..
Here are two numbers you can phone on Wednesday to join in ( but be warned!, we don't know the call charges)
0330 088 5830 United Kingdom
0131 460 1196 United Kingdom
you will probably also be asked for the Meeting ID and Password to be able to join
Meeting ID: 189 822 381
Like me you may be very new to Zooming! ( I thought my zooming days were long gone...) So if you want a bit more help here is a link to their help page with a video to help get you zooming!
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