**Covid 19 update** Gilford Free Presbyterian Church is reopening Please see letter below Thursday 26th June 2020
Your safety - our concern.
Dear Congregation Christian greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ King and Head of the Church. I am writing to you at this time on behalf of the Rev. McCammon, Session and Committee. In light of the Stormont guidelines allowing Churches to reopen from Monday 29th June 2020 our Presbytery has issued a Statement and guidelines for the safe reopening of our places of worship. We as a Session and Committee set down on Tuesday 23rd June 2020 and have now with all due diligence set in place what we trust will be a very safe environment for you attend public worship. The most important part of our presbytery’s statement is “Please do not attend Church if you or a member of your household is experiencing, or recovering from, symptoms of COVID-19”. As of Wednesday 24th June, there are 600 reported cases of people still effected by COVID 19. In light of the fact that the COVID -19 is still active in the community it was the mind of the men gathered to consider safety first and are adhering to the two metre distance even though it has been recommended that 1 metre is enough. It was also decided to act responsibly and commence our public worship with caution holding only two services during the month of July each week commencing with our Bible study and prayer meeting on Wednesday 1st July at 8.00PM, our first public worship on Sunday 5th July at 11.30 AM. This situation will be revisited by those concerned and a decision reached for the month of August taken in light of the COVID-19. In light of the presbytery guidelines we have also put in place a number of safeguards for the safe return of our congregation to public worship, namely:
The congregation will be asked to sit in allocated seats to maintain two metre social distancing.
(Please note! this measure is only to last during the COVID-19 emergency)
Hand sanitizers are to hand and should be used on entry and upon leaving
Please use toilets only in an emergency
A retiring offering plate will be left at the door for tithes and offerings
There will be no singing, just the Rev. McCammon’s Church prayers, sermon, and announcements
There can be no hand shaking
The two parts of the kitchen and vestry will be used for the creche
The congregation will leave the building commencing with the back seats first and working our way to the front
Please observe two metre social distancing
You are free to wear any PPE you wish for your own protection
Please follow all safety signs they are there for your safety
Your safety - our concern. In conclusion, can we encourage you to make a very special effort to return to public worship and to enjoy once again the faithful preaching of the word of God, and the fellowship of those of like precious faith. If you have any concerns regarding any of the above, please get in contact with the minister or any member of session or committee and we will seek to clarify any question you may have.
Please be sure and enrich your souls with the preaching of the word of God. ................................................................................................................................ **Covid 19 update** Sunday School and Children's meeting FPC KIDS' CORNER Please have a look through our new website especially our Sunday School and children meeting page. We have set up a link to FPC KIDS' where you can enjoy bible stories from Christina Logan and Robert McConnell, well worth visiting. ENJOY!
SOME PHOTOS TO ENJOY
The below view of the Church as it is today after renovation in 2003
Below, view of the Church after the 1987 renovation
Rear view of Church car-park
The symbol of Presbyterianism
This beautiful stained glass window of John Bunyan pointing the way to heaven is situated on the first floor landing, in memory of the Rev.David Sinton.