This business that is open, is the business of God. If you happen to look at the news these days, you will soon see the difference, people being interviewed are being filmed from within their own homes. That is much the same for all of us, and the word Zoom is as much part of the coronavirus buzzword collection, than any of the other new words we have become accustomed to.
Every Wednesday, the Scottish Mission pastors meet for an hour to discuss what has happened, and where we go. On 18 March the pastors held their first Zoom meeting, and this meeting was overshadowed by the then fresh idea of closing up for a few weeks. Lockdown came a week later. As we all know, much change happened in a very short time, and the Scottish Mission strategy became clear: where pastors can, present a service to your churches on a Sabbath, but we are not against the idea that our members log into churches elsewhere on a Sabbath morning. Along with Sabbath services, lesson study Zoom meetings, Wednesday prayer meetings, and the new Scottish Mission Initiative, a Friday evening prayer meeting for the whole Mission, hosted by the pastors in turn.
Suddenly the pastors of the Scottish Mission learnt how to stream media onto the internet. These services, airing from the homes of our pastors will continue for as long as it takes. Initiatives by some of the pastors and their spouses, also include a special children’s programme, whereby the kids can do activities whilst locked in, and the results of these activities means that when we go back to normality, and the Scottish Mission holds its annual Day of Fellowship, the kids will win prizes for their efforts, and these art projects will then be displayed.
We don’t believe our story is much different in Scotland as anywhere else. We know that people everywhere will face the same challenges. Our members communicate regularly with the pastors, and we are aware of some of the difficulties they face. This is a time to pray. This is a time to ask God to use this situation to bring His church back to Him, to allow members and staff to look forward with eager anticipation, to be together again. May this yearning to be together, be a practice for the big yearning we have, to finally be together with our Lord, when He arrives from heaven.
Some of the Youtube Media can be watched when going to the Scottish Mission Youtube Page HERE.