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Rev. Malcolm Patterson
Friday 20th March 2020
Cookstown Independent Methodist Church
Dear Church Family
In light of the recent developments and government recommendations regarding the Coronavirus (COVID – 19) pandemic our Church Board met after prayer last night, Thursday 19th March to discuss the way forward as a church. With heavy hearts we have come to the difficult decision to suspend all church services and ministries for the foreseeable future.
We did not make this decision out of fear but filled with the knowledge that God works everything for the good of His children Romans 8v28.
It is our intention to move online together and welcome others to join us. We are so indebted to Stewart and Timothy for all their willing help behind the scenes to make this possible. Our first service will be available D.V. this Sunday 22nd March at 11.30 a.m. You will be able to access the service via our YouTube channel.
We see this peculiar season of opportunity for us to establish new spiritual practices within our families. Let us use our online gathering as a platform that establishes good habits of family worship in your home.
Please be patient with us as this is a new venture for us all. We will seek to maintain close contact with all in the fellowship and try to provide additional support to those in greatest need.
We want to ensure that the elderly and vulnerable in our fellowship are taken care of during this time of uncertainty. We intend to keep in contact by telephone, email or text and encourage each other to make similar contact during this time of social distancing.
We understand that not everyone has access to the internet. And so in view of this, there will be the option to receive Sunday sermons on CD.
Many have been inquiring as to where their tithes and offerings can be placed. We are grateful to Stewart who plans to have a letterbox in place at the front door of the church for Saturday 28th March. It will just be a means of putting your offerings through the letterbox where they will be picked up regularly. Alternatively, for any that would prefer to use ebanking there will also be the facility to do so from Saturday 28th March – please contact our treasurer Mr Stewart Brown at email@example.com for more details.
We want you to know that we are here to serve you whatever way we can. And so if you need any essential items or prescriptions collected, please get in touch with us.
We will not be carrying out any pastoral visitation however feel free to get in touch by phone, text or email.
Take care, keep close to God and God bless
Rev. Malcolm Patterson