To the congregation of Portaferry Methodist Church and friends
We know that the Covid-19 Coronavirus presents a challenge to all church members. There is worry about the impact of the virus, particularly for those with health issues; concerns about just how we continue to live our everyday lives at a time of social distancing and self-isolation and worries about how we can support each other in our church family.
Sunday Services Online
Each Sunday morning at 11am we host a live online service via ZOOM. Everyone interested can join us together with our friends of Glastry Methodist Church for workship. You do not have to have a computer, an ipad and Internet in order to do this, there is also a way to participate in this via telephone.
Please send Rev. Jordan Litchfield (see contact) an email before Sunday and he will send you further instructions to connect.
Those isolating at home
We recognise the importance of keeping contact with those people who are self-isloating. We habe agreed a rota and allocated each to someone who will maintain regular contact both for spiritual support as well as for practical issues as shopping or collecting prescriptions, where there are any difficulties.
It is vital during the uncertain times thats we work together with the other Churches in Portaferry. This is both to be able to offer practical support but also to ensure that should there be significant illness the Churches work together to support the community.
We are also concerned that we do not give in to fear but remember that we are in God's hands. To support this, we will be sending every church member a text at least once per week with an appropriate bible verse. There will also be acticles written by members and can be found in the "latest news"section of this webpage.
- Our Minister and his family as they face this unprecedented challenge
- Those self-isolating
- Those who are ill and anxious
- Our Government that it may make wise decisions
- All in the NHS as they struggle to deal with the virus and key workers we know
- Those researching a vaccine
In 1973 researchers at Stanford University carried out the marshmallow experiment on young children. Each was taken into a room and shown a plate with two marshmallows. They were told they could have one now or both when the researcher returned after 15 minutes. They were then left alone. The children were tracked through their school years, and it was found that those who were able to delay gratification had better outcomes educationally as well as in health indices. This […]
And did it? The Second World War, Korea, Vietnam, Wars in the Balkans, the Gulf Wars, and multiple guerrilla wars. Of course not. So, what chance has our ‘new normal?’ Other than a soundbite, what is our ‘new normal’ anyway? Ssssh, I had a late breakfast today. Worse, I eschewed ‘Nolan’ and listened to Radio 4. The experts explained how Economic recessions stimulated change in the way we work, more automation, more artificial intelligence, fewer people. And how new business […]
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I am minuscule, so tiny I cannot be seen by the naked eye. Almost invisible. My beauty is as bewitching as my heart is malevolent. Flaunting my crown, I strut back and forth across this world, subverting order, destroying commerce, and upturning civilisation. No place is too remote. No one is safe. I feed on weaknesses. My proper title is Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2. Don’t you ever forget my name, for I am a remorseless killer. And me? […]
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We’ve all got the message now, social distancing is important and we need to stay 2 metres apart. But what is 2 m? Well it’s about 6 feet, 72 inchs, 0.009 furlongs or even 1 fathom. So how do we know when we’re at the right distance. This is much harder than you might think and it is why we use comparisons. How often do you hear on the news that something is the length of 2 football pitches, or […]
Everyone loves spring, leaves unfolding, seeds sprouting, birds singing and busily building nests. Spring always arrives, we appreciate and enjoy it or it passes us by, because we are so busy, travelling here and there, with little time to notice anything or stop to look. This year it’s different. We garden, dig, plant and sow and, like children, watch for new growth, for a mist of green. Every day we take a walk along the Comber Greenway, an old railway […]
Many years ago Don and I were members of a dramatic society. Every year we produced two 3-act plays, an operetta and a pantomime. The panto which stands out in our memories was “Cinderella” in which Don was a superb Ugly Sister and I was the Fairy Godmother. During our period of lockdown, we have been enjoying the sunshine in our garden, listening to the birds and being thankful for the lovely area in which we live. Many times, the […]
In 1978 Boney M released By the Rivers of Babylon based on psalms 19 and 137; it became one of only 7 songs that have sold more than 2 million copies. One line especially has resonated with me in the weeks since lockdown. How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? It feels very much as if we’re all living in a strange land at present, a land where the rules have changed. Where is God in […]
Sunday Morning Service
We believe in working with other Christian groups.If there is a 5th Sunday in the month, then we join our friends of the Church of Ireland for a 'Joint Service'. We alternate speakers and location [just for a change you understand]. Next Dates for Joint Services: - tba
Missed a sunday and you would like to listen to the sermon as a recording?
That's easy! You can listen to the sermon of last sunday... or the sunday before... the last 3 sermons
Or do you like to listen to a sunday many months ago? You can do that in our Archive of Sermons or even full services in our Archive of Full Services!
Please let us know, if you want to recieve a reminder email if a new sermon is online!
Reverend Jordan Litchfield
The new minister of the Glastry and Portaferry circuit started in July 2017.
Jordan is originally from Indiana, USA. He married Naomi, originally from County Armagh in July 2010.
They have been blessed with two children, Nathanael and Anna-Joy. They are looking forward to serving and ministering among the people in Glastry and Portaferry.
Jordan - welcome to Portaferry and Glastry.