Mon 6th April 2020

It’s now four weeks since we last met as a church in a building together and things have changed so much. We’re getting a bit of a weekly routine together and gathering new ideas as we go – and still really appreciating being able to see each other at least once a week.
Our talk series on Seven Signs is coming to a close with the last talk on Easter Sunday. If you missed any of the talks or would like to revisit them, you can find them all on our website here.

Here’s what’s coming up this week:

Monday
Weekly Enews (click here to subscribe to our regular Enews)
12:30-1pm pray together click here
Tuesday
Devotional from Glen (via email)
Wednesday
12:30-1pm pray together click here
Thursday
Devotional  from Glen (via email)
8pm ALPHA starts (more info below)
Friday
Email with info about Sunday
12:30-1pm pray together with a special focus on Good Friday click here
4pm Kings Kids Easter craft and songs on Zoom (more info below)

Sunday – info below

Alpha
Weekly sessions beginning on Thursday 9th April

We’ll be running an online series of Alpha beginning this Thursday. Please pray about who you could invite to join and for the team hosting the sessions.
We’ll also be posting up info on social media so please like, comment, tag friends and share them with others as this really helps us get the word out and makes our posts more likely to appear in people’s newsfeeds.
To Join the Alpha session on Thursday click here.
The password for the meeting is 704188

Kings Kids – Easter craft and songs
4pm Friday 10th April

Sarah will be hosting a little online hangout on Thursday afternoon for any families who’d like to join. We’ll have some songs (with actions and dancing of course!) and an Easter craft you can watch or even join in with at home. Look out for an email with more info!

Global Prayer 9.30 – EASTER DAY
Sunday 12th 

This Sunday, 9.30am – 10.15 we’ll be getting together for a time of prayer focussed on Global Mission. We’re hoping to be joined on Zoom by our missionary friends:  Hugh & Heather, Matt & Gail, Russell & Roberta & Clare & Paul & Lesley.  We’re looking forward to hearing updates from each of them and having the opportunity to pray together for our missionaries and God’s world.
To join the Global Prayer Meeting click here 
The password for the meeting is 080817

Kings Kids get-together – EASTER DAY
Sunday 12th from 9.45am

Our kids session for those in P6 and below is a fun and interactive time for all ages. Those in P4, P5 and P6 will also have a small group option as part of the session again this week. Since it’s Easter Sunday we’ll be having some fun Easter games, songs and sharing the Easter message. Please share with any other families who might be interested to join!
To join the Kings Kids Easter Sunday session click here (from 9.40am on Sunday)
The password for the session is 040358

Church get-together – EASTER DAY
Sunday 12th from 10.30am

(We’ll send more info about Sunday with our Friday email).
The link for our Sunday morning is the same each week, just go to: kingschurchbangor.org/sunday
You’ll be able to log on from 10.20am each Sunday.
The password for the Sunday meeting is 225295

Invite a friend!
Here’s a little image you can email, text or share on social media to invite friends to church on Sunday – don’t forget to include the link to the meeting PLUS the password.

Pastoral Care
We are connecting with people from our own church community and beyond, to support pastoral and practical support, especially for those at greater risk because of underlying health issues. If you or someone you know, are self- isolating and needing support then please contact us and we can coordinate practical help. Email glen@kingschurchbangor.org.

Helping Others
You can still donate to Storehouse and they need all our help more than ever right now as they work hard to support the most vulnerable people in our community. If you would like to help then the items most needed are: tinned meat, rice, rice sauces, cleaning products, deodorant, soap and toilet rolls. If you’re able to spare even a couple of tins and a loo roll or two then everything makes a difference.
Please wash your hands and ideally wipe down any items with antibac wipes or cloth and pop in a carrier bag. Drop off items to the Renew Building: 12 Balloo Avenue, Bangor. Drop off times are 9am – 5pm Mondays to Fridays – just leave bags in the trolley inside the front door.

Love your neighbours
If you haven’t already made contact with your neighbours then we’d love to encourage you to do so – we’ve created a little card for you that you can print off and drop through neighbours’ doors to help connect with them and offer support (you may prefer to write it out in your own handwriting to make it more personal).
There are two options with the card – one that offers help and another for people who would like to be able to collect items for Storehouse from their neighbours and then drop them to Balloo on behalf of a few people.
Here’s the links to download the cards:
Self Isolating – I can help! Download Card
I can help! plus I can take donations. Download Card

Giving
Following on from our finance update last week, if you’d like to give regularly or as a one-off donation, all the info is on this page of the website. 

Communication info
If there’s any important or urgent updates you need to know about (like changes to our meeting logins and passwords) then updates will be sent out by email and and whatsapp via House Church / Community groups. If you’re not already connected to a group then please contact glen@kingschurchbangor.org

Please make sure to follow us and connect with our instagram and facebook accounts for all the latest news. Plus lots more info on our website.

Glen will be posting a bit more regularly on his instagram account and twitter – find him @gpmitchell

Kings Church on Youtube
We’ve just recently set up a Youtube Channel here – you can already find playlists of all the songs we use in our Sunday morning worship times for both the main meeting and also the children’s groups. We’ll be posting up Bedtime Bible Stories for younger children –  (the first video is already up with another coming this week) and thre’ll be some other content coming soon too so subscribe or check back soon!

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Mon 30th March

It was lovely to see and connect with so many of you on Sunday for our online get-together.
In addition to Sundays there are other ways to connect and get involved in helping others this week – here’s the latest info:

Giving
A couple of people were asking about how to give one-off gifts at the moment so we wanted to share that you can use this link and just choose ‘one off donation’. You can use the same link to set up regular payments to Kings as well, if you’d like to do that.

Keeping in touch
We’re going to be in touch a bit more regularly while we’re all physically distant from each other and hopefully come up with a few ideas for us all to feel more connected. In addition to our Sunday meetings we’ll be keeping in touch via email and connecting on zoom for prayer meetings and other get-togethers.
Here’s what you can look forward to:

Monday
Weekly Enews (this email!)
12:30-1pm pray together click here
Tuesday
Devotional from Glen (via email)
10.30am Mums & tots chat on zoom – contact Sarah for info.
Wednesday
12:30-1pm pray together click here
Thursday
Devotional from Glen (via email)
Friday
Email with info about Sunday
12:30-1pm pray together click here

Updates will be sent out by email and and whatsapp via House Church / Community groups. If you’re not already connected to a group then please contact glen@kingschurchbangor.org
Please make sure to follow us and connect with our instagram and facebook accounts for all the latest news. Plus lots more info here on our website.
Glen will be posting a bit more regularly on his instagram account and twitter – find him @gpmitchell
We’ve also just set up a Youtube Channel here – you can already find playlists of all the songs we use in our Sunday morning worship times for both the main meeting and also the children’s groups. We’ll also be posting up Bedtime Bible Stories for younger children – the first video is already up!

Sundays
The link for our Sunday morning is the same each week, just go to: kingschurchbangor.org/sunday
You’ll be able to log on from 10.20am each Sunday.
For the children’s get-together go to: kingschurchbangor.org/zoomkids and join us from 9.30am for a 9.45am start.
Both get-togethers are open to visitors so please do share the info – for the kids group we’ll send out a password on Friday to keep the session more secure, but you can pass this on to any friends that are interested. We’ll share an electronic invitation for each meeting that you can email or post online for friends a bit later in the week.

Pastoral Care
We are connecting with people from our own church community and beyond, to support pastoral and practical support, especially for those at greater risk because of underlying health issues. If you or someone you know, are self- isolating and needing support then please contact us and we can coordinate practical help. Email glen@kingschurchbangor.org.

Helping Others
Last week we were able to give gifts to Ballyholme Chemist and Ashleigh medical practice, and to Kingsland, Cranleigh and Bramblewood Care Centres. If you have any suggestions of local healthcare and care centres we can reach out to then please email David Whiteside
You can still donate to Storehouse and they need all our help more than ever right now as they work hard to support the most vulnerable people in our community. If you would like to help then the items most needed are: tinned meat, rice, rice sauces, cleaning products, deodorant, soap and toilet rolls. If you’re able to spare even a couple of tins and a loo roll or two then everything makes a difference.
Please wash your hands and ideally wipe down any items with antibac wipes or cloth and pop in a carrier bag. Drop off items to the Renew Building: 12 Balloo Avenue, Bangor. Drop off times are 9am – 5pm Mondays to Fridays – just leave bags in the trolley inside the front door.

Love your neighbours
If you haven’t already made contact with your neighbours then we’d love to encourage you to do so – we’ve created a little card for you that you can print off and drop through neighbours’ doors to help connect with them and offer support (you may prefer to write it out in your own handwriting to make it more personal).
There are two options with the card – one that offers help and another for people who would like to be able to collect items for Storehouse from their neighbours and then drop them to Balloo on behalf of a few people.
Here’s the links to download the cards:
Self Isolating – I can help! Download Card
I can help! plus I can take donations. Download Card
Questionnaire
If you haven’t yet filled in our online questionnaire then please take a moment to do this – As we enter into this very different season as a church and a family, we’d love your help in identifying what we can do together that would be the most help for you, your family and our community – we will read every one of these!
Take me to the questionnaire!

Mon 23rd March

Yesterday was our first go at an entirely online Sunday get-together, and it went pretty well! It was brilliant to be able to connect and see each other – these are sad and unprecedented times but if we can continue to be church and find ways to meet, to worship, to open the Bible and even share communion together then that is a great thing indeed.
You can listen to the audio from the meeting online here.
And just as Sundays in our building are not a private event, please do invite friends and family to join our Sunday get-togethers – the  link is below.

Keeping in touch
We’re going to be in touch a bit more regularly while we’re all physically distant from each other and hopefully come up with a few ideas for us all to feel more connected. In addition to our Sunday meetings (see below) we’ll be setting up the following things each day this week, (we’ll email you each day with all the info). Here’s what you can look forward to:

(Monday: 12.30am – 1pm prayer meeting on Zoom. This will be a regular event).
Tuesday: Devotional video from Glen
Wednesday: Finance Update
Thursday: Devotional video from Glen
Friday: Info about Sunday

Updates will be sent out by email and and whatsapp via House Church / Community groups. If you’re not already connected to a group then please contact Andrew@kingschurchbangor.org.
Please make sure to follow us and connect with our instagram and facebook accounts for all the latest news. Plus lots more info on our website.
Glen will be posting a bit more regularly on his instagram account and twitter – find him @gpmitchell

Sundays
The link for our Sunday morning get together will be a bit more simple from now on. Just go to: kingschurchbangor.org/sunday
This link will be updated for each week so use the same link and you’ll be able to log on from 10.20am each Sunday.
For the children’s get-together go to: kingschurchbangor.org/zoomkids and join us from 9.30am for a 9.45am start.

Pastoral Care
We are connecting with people from our own church community and beyond, to support pastoral and practical support, especially for those at greater risk because of underlying health issues. If you or someone you know, are self- isolating and needing support then please contact us and we can coordinate practical help. Email glen@kingschurchbangor.org.

Helping Others
We know that some essential items of food and hygiene are in short demand at the moment but despite this time of scarcity, we want to continue give to those who need it more than us.
Our friends at Storehouse are working hard to support the most vulnerable people in our community. If you would like to help then the items most needed are: tinned meat, rice, rice sauces, cleaning products, deodorant, soap and toilet rolls. If you’re able to spare even a couple of tins and a loo roll or two then everything makes a difference.
Please wash your hands and ideally wipe down any items with antibac wipes or cloth and pop in a carrier bag. Drop off items to the Renew Building: 12 Balloo Avenue, Bangor. Drop off times are 9am – 5pm Mondays to Fridays – just leave bags on the front porch.

Love your neighbours
We’ve created a little card for you (inspired by Becky Wass) that you can print off and drop through neighbours’ doors to help connect with them and offer support (you may prefer to write it out in your own handwriting to make it more personal). Please be good neighbours and make every effort to connect with those around you. There are two options with the card – one that offers help and another for people who would like to be able to collect items for Storehouse from their neighbours and then drop them to Balloo on behalf of a few people.
Here’s the links to download the cards:
Self Isolating – I can help! Download Card
I can help! plus I can take donations. Download Card

Glen spoke on Sunday about how we want to pray for this virus to be stopped in it’s tracks, for all our social distancing efforts to be successful, that the government will know what to do… but that above all else, in the middle of all this we want to invite people to come to Jesus for comfort.
Psalm 34: He is near to the brokenhearted and crushed in spirit.
Please reach out to those around you and show them what it means to love and follow Jesus.

Tues 17th March

Click here to watch a video update from Glen. Below is all the info included in Glen’s video plus extra details, contact emails and links:

In response to the latest Government HealthCare Advice, all activities, groups and upcoming events are now cancelled. All groups that have been meeting in the building on Seacliff Road have now been postponed.

Sundays
We had a great time meeting together in House Churches on Sunday but this is no longer going to be possible. We ARE going to be meeting on Sunday in a different way and we’ll be using some online tools to help us do that. We’re working on ways that we can gather together in an online space so that we can continue as church together. We’ll be using a tool called Zooma so look out for an email with separate info about that but for now you might find it helpful to watch this video that explains a little about how it works.
We know some people might struggle with technology so we’ll also try and support you with that too.
Updates will be sent out by email and and whatsapp via House Church groups. If you’re not already connected to a House Church then please contact Andrew@kingschurchbangor.org.

Pastoral care
We know that there are a number of people who are already staying at home and at a greater risk because of underlying health issues. The Leadership Team have a list of these people and will be in touch with those people who need extra help. If you or someone you know is in this category then please let us know and we will coordinate practical help. Email glen@kingschurchbangor.org.

Helping others
We will be collecting items for Storehouse to help those in need. If you would like to help then the items most needed are: tinned meat, rice, rice sauces, cleaning products, deodorant, soap and toilet rolls. These are going to the most vulnerable people in our community so if you’re able to spare even a couple of tins and a loo roll or two then everything makes a difference. Please wash your hands and ideally wipe down any items with antibac wipes or cloth and pop in a carrier bag. Drop off items to the Renew Building: 12 Balloo Avenue, Bangor. Drop off times are 10am – 12pm Mondays and Thursdays – just leave bags on the front porch. Why not let a few friends know that you’re collecting and get them to drop items off to you? We’ve created a card below that you can use to let your neighbours know if you’re collecting items.

Helping your direct neighbours
We’ve created a little card for you that you can print off and drop through neighbours’ doors to help connect with them and offer support (you may prefer to write it out in your own handwriting to make it more personal). Please be good neighbours and make every effort to connect with those around you.
There are two options with the card – one that offers help and another for people who would like to be able to collect items for Storehouse from their neighbours and then drop them to Balloo on behalf of a few people.
Download Card – I Can Help
Download Card – I Can Help / I Am Taking Donations

The Government advice is to be socially distant from one another, which we will of course adhere to – however we would urge you to be as connected if not more so than ever at this time. Text people, ring them, Skype, pop notes through your neighbours doors and keep an eye out for those around you who may be in need.

Monday 16th March

Sundays
Sunday 15th March was our first Sunday meeting as House Churches rather than in the building on Seacliff Road.
It was noisy, messy, beautiful and sacred.
We listened to Glen teaching from John 5 (you can watch the video here). We chatted together, shared communion and then we prayed for healing for ourselves, our country and our world.
We’ll be meeting as house churches for the foreseeable future, in this sort of format.
The passage for this Sunday is the feeding of the five thousand – John 6 1:15
If you’d like to join one of our groups next week then we’d love to see you. Just email Andrew Frame and he’ll help connect you up with a group.
We are currently exploring ways to expand our connections on a Sunday to include those who are not able to attend or who have been advised to self-isolate. More updates to follow!

However, following Government Health Guidelines, please stay at home and do not attend other people’s homes if you have either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough.

Other ministries
The Gather trip to the cinema planned for the 20th March is no longer happening. We’re also postponing our Global Mission Table Quiz that was arranged for the 27th March.

Pastoral Care Response
There are a number of people who are currently self isolating who we are aware of and in touch with but if you find yourself in a position where you need to stay at home then please let us know so we can help. Email Glen@kingschurchbangor.org

Wider Community Response
We are in touch with the YMCA and Storehouse about what we can do formally for our wider community as we know that there will be many people struggling in all sorts of ways as the weeks go on.
We don’t have specifics yet but we’ll let you know.

Please look out for your neighbours – here’s a simple card you can use to connect with your neighbours (this fantastic idea comes from Becky Wass)
Or you might feel it’s more personal to write your own version out by hand.