Remember back in the "Good Old Days"....and by that I mean March before the church was closed due to the CoVid-19 Pandemic?
Things were simpler back in those days when it came to preparing for Sunday worship services. The minister would write the sermon and practice it throughout the week in anticipation of delivering the Message on Sunday morning to a room full of happy faces gathered to worship. The Worship leaders would prepare prayers and choose music. The choir would rehease on Wednesday nights and the 9am Worship Team would rehearse on Thursday nights and everyone would arrive early on Sunday morning to run through the music again. There was one take and if mistakes were made, the gracious congregation rolled with it and it often gave us a chuckle!
Enter CoVid-19. No one gathers except a few individuals whose job it now is to write, record, often re-record, search for music videos (with good pictures and hopefully printed words that work with the sermon without being too long or too loud!), download music, edit, produce, upload services and prayers, find all the copyright details, post to the Youtube chanel and finally to the website, all the while praying that technology cooperates and there's nothing in your teeth since the camera is up so close and personal! There's also no congregation, so all this is done with only the endearing screen of an I-phone looking back at you, and so far, with 2020 technology, it doesn't know how to laugh at your jokes!
All kidding aside, it's a strange time, as you know, and we have all had to learn a whole lot of new skills. And while the church is closed and it may seems like "there's nothing to do", I thought you'd just like a sneak peak into the world that is now the church, preparing for Sunday mornings.
We are grateful for the encouragement and positive feedback received from many of you regarding the online services. Dianne and Fiona in particular, are working very hard to bring you something of quality each week that will help us all draw a little closer to God in these trying times. Thank you, Dianne and Fiona and all who are assisting, for your faithful service. To God be the glory!