Weekly Update 03/08/20

Updates from Pastor Craig 03.08.2020

Hello everyone,

A huge thank you to those who took part in our team only live service for online church yesterday. We so appreciate the time, effort, and talents given by everyone to set up and deliver this service. Our recorded online services will continue during August with our next team only live service will take place on 6th September. An announcement will be made regarding the next steps for online services and for cluster gatherings at the end of August after our survey.

Survey

We have asked you to complete a survey to help us as we prayerfully consider the next steps for church gatherings. The survey will be open until 22nd August after which the elders will prayerfully make a decision on the way forward.

To complete the survey please follow the link below:

Reach group gatherings

We continue to see new Reach groups starting and people joining existing groups. Thank you for the excellent response as we aim to gather each of us together in a Reach group.

Here is a short video from Theresa who is starting a new group.

To inquire about starting or joining a reach group or to book your in church Reach group gathering follow the link Below:

Send us your videos

We would love to see & hear from you as you begin to gather in your Reach groups. Please send us some photos or even consider recording a short video greeting and a word on what God is saying to your group.

Live Streaming

Having developed our online service to serve our church family we have seen God moving the church beyond our walls. We believe God is preparing us for the next season. We have heard reports of people joining us who are unable to come to church due to health issues. We have also seen many friends and family members who are not yet Christians connecting to our online content.

With this in mind the Elders have decided to invest in some live streaming equipment. This will allow us to maintain the quality of our online services by broadcasting our morning services live online after we have returned to church gatherings. We believe this will serve those who are unable to attend services such as some of our elderly members and those with health conditions. We also see this as an amazing evangelistic opportunity where people can give church a try online before they have to come to the building or even connect remotely form other parts of the UK and the world.

The cost of the equipment to stream well will be £3000 and we would like to give you the opportunity to give into this as we look to reach out further online. If you would like to give then please mark your online giving with the reference “stream”. For physical offerings place them in an envelope marked “Stream”

Hardship & Giving

If you are being impacted financially by the current situation and you would like to have some assistance from our hardship fund please contact one of the pastors or email office@sthelensclc.com

Online banking issues

There have been a number of people who have had problems setting up bank standing orders or trying to do a bank transfer to the church bank account.

We are aware that banks are being more stringent in matching bank payments with the actual account name. So if you want to set up a standing order, or use online banking for your church offerings, we suggest using “EFGA Re St Helens” instead of Christian Life Centre as the name of the church account.

The account number and sort code are unchanged.

To transfer your regular giving online or to continue to give into our hardship fund. Here are the bank details:

Name: EFGA Re St Helens Sort Code: 60-05-16   Account Number: 18536778

We are looking forward to gradually seeing more of you and to meeting you. You are all in our prayers.

Pray for wisdom

Please continue to pray for our Elders at this time. Pray for Godly wisdom and prophetic insight as we look to navigate the current climate following God’s leading and with the safety and benefit of our church family at the forefront of our thinking and planning.

Love & Blessings Craig                                                             #Separated but not Isolated

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