After discussions today with Junior Ministers from the office of the First and Deputy First Minister, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, along with the Church of Ireland, Methodist Church and Catholic Church, has voluntarily agreed to suspend all services and activities within church buildings.
Weddings and funerals can still take place under tight restrictions.
While it is regrettable that this decision has had to be made, it is, I believe, the right decision. The rate of infection has been climbing, hospitals are coming under significant pressure and it is clear the risk to health and life has dramatically increased.
The closure of the church building does not mean the closure of the church. There will be an online service each Sunday at 12 noon on the Moneydig Facebook page and later on this website. I will also try to find ways of keeping us connected through bible study and prayer via different online platforms.
I would like to reiterate the church is not closed, it is only the building that is closed, so please, check in with one another, phone the people you would normally sit beside as well as your neighbours and if anyone should need anything please don’t hesitate to give me a ring.
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. Matthew 16:18