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May I encourage you to gather around your computer, tablet, phone, etc on Sunday mornings at 10.00am as usual and we will do virtual Church together (in order to do this people must "like" the West Church Ballymena facebook page on their own facebook account).

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 to give your details or e-mail westchurch.ballymena@btinternet.com.

Remember past and current sermons are uploaded weekly onto our website for you and any of your friends to listen to when you choose. There is no shortage of sermons to go back on and catch up on - Happy Listening!

Pastoral Care.

Since all hospital and other regular pastoral visits have been suspended for the time being the best way to keep in touch is by phone, WhatsApp and other electronic means. 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 days. This will be a hugely important way of keeping in touch. In the sad event of there being a funeral by necessity it will have to be strictly private with no Church service.

e-mail Addresses Update - what to Do!

In order to keep contact flowing as smoothly as possible within the congregation and to give each other as much access as possible to news, information, worship and prayer - we need your assistance in collating e-mail addresses. We need to hear from every member of the West Church congregation who has a current live e-mail address. This will give us the opportunity to update our church database and change any addresses that have become obselete, over time, and add new ones to the system. Members Only please send your current e-mail addresses to westchurch.ballymena@btinternet.com over this next week.

Help4you

Linda Keys will co-ordinate 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. Please contact Linda directly with regard to this on 07799100444.

Hamper Ministry - Bags for Life

Once again A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed so generously to our Hamper Ministry during this last month and hopefully that will continue this month too! Many of our church members and our neighbours, townsfolk and our friends are going through extraordinary tough financial times in this Lockdown period and are in desparate need of food to sustain their families. If you know of someone or a family either belonging to the church or not, who needs a bit of help durng 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 basket that is placed outside the church at the Court House side door. During Office hours (9.15am -2.15pm Tuesday to Friday). Thank You.

IGNITE on ZOOM

We have Re-Ignited IGNITE on Zoom every second Tuesday of each month. If you want to be part of these meetings to continue from where we left off, please contact the office for the details of the link - during Office hours (9.15am to 2.15pm) (028 2564 8327). The reading porgramme is listed below for May through to June 2020. If you need a copy of the New Testament Bible for this series they are still available at a cost of £5.00 from the Office.

IGNITE PROGRAMME FOR MAY TO JUNE 2020 at 7.45pm

TUESDAY 2ND JUNE - JOHN - 1,2,3 JOHN - read week 15.

TUESDAY 16TH JUNE - REVELATION - read week 16.

TUESDAY 30TH JUNE - CELEBRATE!!!

ZOOM Prayer Groups - in the weeks in between Ignite

To compliment and encourage all of us, in the weeks between IGNITE sessions, we have set up IGNITE prayer groups, 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), with your e-mail details and you will be advised on the details that will permit you to join the Zoom meetings when they take place.

Prayer Ministry

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 westprayer@hotmail.co.uk.

On-line Support

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.

And don't forget - "Together we are West."

All notices for the bulletin and website must be with the office by Wednesday at 6.00 pm.