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Starting on the 12th of July we will again allow people to attend church in person. BUT there are strict rules about what people attending must do and not do and there are restrictions about who may attend. If you would like to attend in person, please read all of the details on this page and fill out this short survey.

We will be continuing to offer worship services, Bible Studies, and other ways to connect online. We will be keeping this page updated with the latest schedule for what we’re offering.


Schedule

Here’s what is coming up next on the schedule. We will be adding more. Check this page for updates.

  • SUNDAY, 9 AUGUST 2020
    • [9:30am] Online Family Worship Service
      This service will be streamed on Facebook. Go to https://www.facebook.com/newchurchwestville/live where there will be a live video from about 30 minutes before the service is scheduled to start. See more about Online Worship Services below.

      • Song Lyrics
        About 10 minutes before the service starts (9:20) we will have some songs that you can sing along with at home. You can download the lyrics to the songs here.
      • Readings
        The readings for the service can be found here.
      • Text Sermon
        A PDF of the text version of the sermon can be found here.
    • [10:15pm-11:30pm] After Church Chat
      This will be an informal chance for anyone who wants to come online and chat about how about the service or just how things are going with other New Church people. It will be hosted by Pastor Malcolm Smith this time. It will start once the worship service is over. You don’t have to have attended the worship service to come and have a chat. Click to connect on Zoom. Meeting ID: 950 3108 7358 It won’t work until shortly before the meeting is scheduled to start. (See instructions below about using Zoom.)

  • THURSDAY, 13 AUGUST 2020
    • [6:45am] Men & Women’s Bible Study
      This Bible Study is for men and women together. We will be reading Revelation chapter 8, the 1st 4 Trumpets (read it here). We will meet for about an hour and be done by 8am at the latest. Click to connect on Zoom. Meeting ID: 845 4850 4802 It won’t work until shortly before the meeting is scheduled to start. (See instructions below about using Zoom.)
    • [3:00pm] Men & Women’s Bible Study
      This Bible Study is for men and women together. We will be reading Revelation chapter 8, the 1st 4 Trumpets (read it here). We will meet for about an hour and be done by 4:30pm at the latest. Click to connect on Zoom. Meeting ID: 845 4850 4802 It won’t work until shortly before the meeting is scheduled to start. (See instructions below about using Zoom.)

  • SUNDAY, 16 AUGUST 2020
    • [9:30am] Online Family Worship Service
      This service will be streamed on Facebook. Go to https://www.facebook.com/newchurchwestville/live where there will be a live video from about 30 minutes before the service is scheduled to start. See more about Online Worship Services below.

      • Song Lyrics
        About 10 minutes before the service starts (9:20) we will have some songs that you can sing along with at home. You can download the lyrics to the songs here on Sunday morning.
      • Readings
        The readings for the service can be found here on Sunday morning.
      • Text Sermon
        A PDF of the text version of the sermon can be found here on Sunday morning.
    • [10:15pm-11:30pm] After Church Chat
      This will be an informal chance for anyone who wants to come online and chat about how about the service or just how things are going with other New Church people. It will be hosted by Pastor Joel Glenn this time. It will start once the worship service is over. You don’t have to have attended the worship service to come and have a chat.Click to connect on Zoom. Meeting ID: 889 3576 6578 It won’t work until shortly before the meeting is scheduled to start. (See instructions below about using Zoom.)


How to Connect with Zoom

For all online meetings other than worship services we will be using free software called Zoom. To participate you’ll need to install the free software on your computer or phone. Click here to download Zoom onto your computer. Or search in your phone App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android) for “ZOOM Cloud Meetings” and install the app on your phone.

You will then need to either click an invitation link for a specific meeting or click “Join” on your Zoom app and then type in the relevant meeting ID. You can find the relevant invitation links and meeting IDs in the schedule above.


Online Worship Services

We are fortunate to have the technology in place to broadcast video of our services to you via the internet. You can watch them as they are happening or you can watch an archive of all the services that we broadcasted in the past. Go to https://www.facebook.com/NewChurchWestville/live or search for New Church Westville on the Facebook app on your phone. You do not have to have a Facebook account to watch the videos of our services.

We will be experimenting with how best to do these services. Our current thinking is to do a simpler version of the service. We will still open the Word at the beginning, say the Lord’s Prayer together, have a children’s talk, have an adult sermon, and close the Word at the end.

During the countrywide lockdown from 26 March to 16 April we will be streaming the worship services from the pastor’s homes instead of from the church to abide by the mandate to stay home.

We will have music playing on the livestream from about 30 minutes before the service starts. The last couple of songs will be ones that you can sing along with if you’d like. You’ll be able to find the link to view or download the lyrics to the songs for a specific service in the schedule above.

If possible, I would encourage you to try to “attend” the Sunday services as they’re happening. We still need to be keeping the Sabbath during this difficult time. And I think you’ll find that the experience of watching the service on your computer or phone is better when it’s happening live (instead of just watching the recording afterward) because of the feeling of immediacy and also because it can give you a feeling of connection to the other people also worshipping together with you at the same time in their homes.


Other Online Resources

There is a wealth of New Church resources online these days.

  • Find other New Church live-streamed worship services from around the world.
  • OfftheLeftEye YouTube Channel – Check out this great YouTube channel from the Swedenborg Foundation. (Just click that link on your computer or phone and see what happens.) They have hours and hours of high quality videos about topics from a New Church perspective. A good alternative to just watching more depressing TV news.
  • New Church Vineyard This is a great collection of New Church resources for children, families, and adults—colouring pages, songs, projects, articles, etc.


Is There Anything Else We Can Do to Support You?

Obviously there are limitations to what we can do but please let us know if there’s something that the church staff or the church community at large could do to support you, your loved ones, or other people negatively affected by this difficult situation facing the world. If you’ve got an idea, send me an email (malcolm@newchurch.co.za).

“Trust in the Lord, and do good” (Psalm 37:3).

– Malcolm, Pastor