Sunday 24th January 2021 - will be Live Streaming on You Tube at 11.00am
May I encourage you to continue to gather around your computer, tablet, phone, etc on Sunday mornings at 11.00am and we will do virtual Church together until February 6th 2021, when a further update will be posted on the website and on Facebook. (in order to do this people must "like" the West Church Ballymena facebook page on their own facebook account). A link for this (which is the same for every Sunday) has been posted on the West Church Facebook Page and here below on the website. Live Service Link
New books for Wild West for January to May 2021
Hi boys & girls,
As you know we still can't meet together and so I have been looking at some ways to help keep you all connected with learning the Bible and all the stories we would be teaching you in Wild West.
Bibletime is written, designed, edited, and published by BES UK (Bible Educational Services). Bibletime is a monthly course of fun-filled activity sheets designed to help learners engage with the Bible. The aim is to complete one A4 booklet per month and I will hopefully remember to upload to the website every 4 weeks
The wild west team really are missing you all. We really look forward to all meeting again.
Please give the booklets a go and see how you get on.
(q) There will be no facilities for Wild West, Switch or Crèche for the foreseeable future.
(r) There will be no meetings of organisations either from church or the community for the foreseeable future. When the time comes all start-up plans will have to be submitted to, and, authorised by Kirk Session.
Either Linda or myself will lead a short act of worship which we can all join with from the comfort of our own homes. We are also aware that not everyone is on Social Media so we want to make DVD/CD's as widely available as possible so please contact the
Church Office 028 2564 8327 - Opening Hours 8.30am to 13.30pm Tuesday to Friday - Closed Mondays.to give your details or e-mail address. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communion Services and Baptisms 2021
Pre-packaged units containing the bread and wine will be distributed to the congregation at the service, only.
Parents seeking infant baptism should contact either Linda or Daniel directly to make the appropriate arrangements within the PCI guidelines.
Hospital visits are once again cancelled until at least the 6th of February 2021. Rregular pastoral visits have also been suspended for the time being, so the best way to keep in touch is by phone, e-mail, WhatsApp,text messaging and other electronic means. So it is important to make sure that, Patricia at the office or your elder, has your correct details on file, particularly mobile numbers and e-mail addreses.
The first point of contact in this regard should be the elder to whose district you have been assigned and they will be in touch with you in the next few weeks and months.
This will be a hugely important way of keeping in touch. In the sad event of there being a funeral by necessity it will stll have to be strictly private but a small Church service is available in the meantime with a limit of 25 attendees. We will update you on that whenever things change.
Help4you - Community Service
Linda Keys co-ordinates a group of volunteers who are willing to assist anyone who is self-isolating and requires shopping, DVD's or CD's of the Sunday Services, medication and other messages to be dropped at your doorstep. This service has prooved to be invaluable to those who are unable to leave their homes at this time. If you are or know someone who needs this assistance please let Linda or the Church Office know.
A very MASSIVE thank you to all the volunteer helpers who have been delivering shopping, DVD's and CD's and prescriptions to those in need. Please use this service, where ever possible. We are only too happy to help you or a neighbouror friend in any way we can - contact Linda directly on 07799100444.
Once again A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed so generously to our Hamper Ministry this year and throughout all of 2020, when it has been vital to all of those in receipt of this ministry. We are in great need of tuna fish, tea bags, crisps and beans for January 21. We do not need any more UHT milk or coffee for this month - Thank you.
Many of our own church members and our neighbours, townsfolk and our friends are going through extraordinary tough financial times in this New Covid19 restricted period and are in desparate need of food to sustain their families. We know the number of people who will be affected by the uncertain economic changes in our world will only be on the increase in the coming weeks and well into 2021.
If you know of someone, a neighbour or a young family either belonging to the church or not, or simply someone who needs a bit of help or support during this time, please let us know so we can reach out to them in a small way with this ministry.
In order to deliver this food safely and hygenically to everyone, we are asking for anyone who has a spare Bag(s) for Life - to please drop it (them) off to the church - leaving them in the shopping trolley that is placed inside the church porch area at the Albert Place glass door 〈 Rear of the church building 〉. During Office hours
(8.30am -13.30pm Tuesday to Friday).
Please press the buzzer to gain access to the shopping trolley. Thank You.
Tuesday 26th January IGNITE on ZOOM
We are back again on Zoom with IGNITE in on Tuesday 26th January 2021 at 7.45pm and every other Tuesday of every month. Contact Daniel or Linda or the church office for the log on details. The Covenant History Bibles are still available at a cost of £5.00 along with a copy of the weekly readings as a bookmark.
Tuesday 26th January 2021 – Week 10 - Judges and Ruth(Pages 353 – 396) Download your copy here.
ZOOM Prayer Groups are held in the weeks in between Ignite
To compliment and encourage everyone, in the weeks between IGNITE sessions, IGNITE prayer groups have been set up, under the management of Linda Keys.
If you are not currently involved in a Prayer Triplet but would like to meet through Zoom with like minded prayer warriors throughout this Covid19 pandemic, please contact Linda Keys (07799100444), or Daniel Kane (028 2565 3111) or Patricia at the Office (028 2564 8327).
We will require your e-mail address and you will be advised on the details that will permit you to join the Zoom meetings when they take place.
Please check with your group when the next Prayer Zoom meeting is being held - each group may differ throughout the Autumn and Winter.
Our Youth Programme for 2020/2021 Online
Our youth programme for 2020/2021 looks a little different this year. Unfortunately, we are not able to meet in person for the foreseeable future, however we are continuing online!
Our youth programme is for all young people Year 8+ and we meet via Zoom @ 7.00pm on the second and fourth Sunday evenings of each month. We have been explorng the Big Picture of the Bible and wil continue to do so for the remainder of the 2020/2021 year. Here is a reminder of the programme:
In preparation for each session we would encourage our young people to do the following things:
10/01/21 - Prophets: Isaiah
24/01/21 - Jesus Birth and Early Life
14/02/21 - Jesus Baptism and Temptation in the Wilderness
28/02/21 - Jesus Ministry: Miracles
14/03/21 - Jesus Ministry: Teaching
28/03/21 - Jesus Death
11/04/21 - Jesus Ressurection
25/04/21 - Pentecost
09/05/21 - Jesus Return
23/05/21 - New Creation
•Read the appropriate material and Bible passaes before each session as having read this will be useful for breakout rooms. Details of each session we are on and Bible passages will be posted into the youth What'sApp group and also to the church Facebook page in the days leading up to out meetings.
•Have your Bibles, pens and worksheets ready with you either as a hard copyor o a laptop/ipad. All material that the young people will need for our sessions between January and May was sent out the week leading up to Christmas, to the e-mail addresses provided on the consent forms. If you haven't received the material please let, me, Laura Kelly know on 07803289722.
Although we will be meeting online, consent forms do still need to be filled out and these can be accessed on our church website RESOURCES page, the form is called Zoom consent. Please fill them in electronically(including parental signature) and then send them to Laura Kelly, whose email address can be found on the consent form.
The love we have for one another in Christ is expressed through prayer which is our best weapon to fight against this coronavirus and our individual anxieties and concerns going forward. Please use the prayer email at email@example.com.
Emergency Prayer Line 07544833501
There are lots of really good websites and youtube videos which you can use to encourage your spirit and nourish your walk with the Lord. Desi Maxwell's material is available to everyone free of charge at http://xploretheyoke.com/membership-acco.../membership-levels/ Don't forget the joy of reading a good book!!!
This is a time for us as followers of the risen Lord to speak faith into the fear and reassurance into the uncertainty.
All notices for the bulletin and website must be with the office by Wednesday at 6.00 pm.