“And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all.” (Luke 6:19)
Following the recommendations of both the Irish government and Seventh-day Adventist governing body in the area, that is British Union Conference and Irish Mission, the church will not function as usual – no public services in the building, no gatherings in groups in homes.
While we are encouraged to keep social distancing and avoid unnecessary travel or interaction, as a church we know that God is in control of all things. He holds the keys to both life and death (see Revelation 1:18).
How to best anchor yourself
- Prayer. Nothing in this world can stop you from praying. It helps you and those around you to anchor to God.
- Study. It is a very opportune time to spend in studying the Bible, good books and articles. Get wiser!
- Encourage. Talk to others over the phone, online, on a briefly visit if needed. Share good stuff, uplifting messages.
- Serve. Be aware of the underserved these days. That is where Jesus is. A word of precaution: you may be the one in need.
As the situation will stay with us for several weeks probably (God only knows), we should keep in close (and yet distant) contact.
Three channels of communication:
1. Facebook page
It serves as an open space to interact. All the news regarding our church will be published there, along with news from Irish Mission or other higher governing bodies. Our page is: https://www.facebook.com/DublinWestSDA/ Hit the like button and then our posts will appear easily in your feed.
2. Phone calls and WhatsApp groups
We do have our phones. Use them for calls, messages, videocalls.
We also have different groups: Mens, Sisters, Youth, Prayer warriors, Filipino, Parents of Pathfinders etc. Use these means of communication. Make sure before you post anything there your say is (Philippians 4:8): true, honourable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, of excellence, worthy of praise. “Think about these things.”
3. Zoom meetings
We have started using Zoom platform.
- On Tuesday night at 8:30pm we organised a Bible study and prayer meeting.
- Then on Thursday night at 8pm we organised a Youth Bible Study with young people from both Dublin West and Romanian church.
- For the coming Sabbath we will meet again at 10am this time.
The pastor and other church leaders will be online for such meetings. Get yourself accustomed with this app – available and easy to use on computer, tablet, smartphone. Free.
Connect to our meeting with this link:
Meeting ID: 457 705 2884
What our members are doing these days?
Regarding our meetings: “I was so close to no joining the [online] meeting today but I PRAISE GOD FOR LEADING ME TO DO SO. Everyone sharing their verses not only inspired me but has made me realise that God does truly love me even though I may run away from Him or be distant.”
Regarding new opportunities to witness: “I have been working for the same company for 14 years now. It is for the first time now that my colleagues are inquiring me being interested in what the Bible says about the end-time.”
Regarding new ways to serve: “My manager called me and offered me a role as a spiritual counsellor to pray for the sick and dying because we don’t have a priest [in our private hospital]. I was delighted to be given that opportunity.”
Regarding our service as ACS: “We will not be weary in doing good. ‘For the people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits.’ [Daniel 11:32] God be with us all.”
Our latest updates on www.facebook.com/acsdublin:
Info from Irish Mission
100 Days of Prayer: https://adventist.ie/news/article/go/2020-03-27/irish-mission-prayer-focus/
Returning your tithes: https://adventist.ie/news/article/go/2020-03-23/faithful-in-tithes-and-offerings/
What a crisis does to your character: https://adventist.ie/news/article/go/2020-03-21/crisis-does-not-so-much-develop-as-reveal-character/
Ministry for your kids: https://adventist.ie/news/article/go/2020-03-20/letter-from-god-to-your-child/