Tom’s weekly sermons

While the lockdown continues, our Ministry Director, Tom Brand will post a weekly sermon.  These are primarily to encourage our pastors and church leaders.  However, they will also be of real benefit to any churches who may not have the technology to stream services themselves.

A new sermon will be posted each Friday or Saturday and you’ll find links to previous sermons below.

Previous sermons:

1 Peter 1  Exiles of the dispersion

Malachi 3:6  I the Lord do not change

John 20:28  The atomic bomb question

Ephesians 1  Every blessing in Christ

Isaiah 30 … the LORD longs to be gracious

Micah 7  Repentance and restoration

1 Corinthians 15  Resurrection!

Habakkuk 3  and the Coronavirus

And, as the situation unfolds, we will do our best to keep you updated here.

Coronavirus: EFCC Advice to Churches         20 April 2020

Latest Government advice 01 June 2020

The BMJ holds a huge resource of unsensational material.

Unable to travel?  EFCC Fraternals are now available where-ever you are …. thanks to Skype.

John Benton has written a super article on pastoring people you can’t see.

Ligonier have, for the first time, made all their Teaching Series free of charge for those who wish to study during Covid-19 imposed isolation.

Holding meetings online or by telephone

For many churches, one of the joys of lockdown is that church meetings get cancelled!  However, some churches may well have issues that do need the attention of the whole church.  For such instances, the charity commission offers helpful guidance:

“In the current situation, it is becoming increasingly difficult to hold face-to-face meetings. Some charities have clauses in their governing documents that allow them to meet virtually or to use telephone facilities, so we advise trustees to check their governing document and see if they can make amendments themselves to facilitate changes as to how or when meetings are held.
Where there is no such clause in your governing document and you decide to hold meetings over the phone or using digital solutions, we will understand but you should record this decision and that you have done this to demonstrate good governance of your charity.”

Streaming of Sunday services has become commonplace for many in the last weeks.  Nick Gray, pastor at Staines Congregational Church reflects on their experiences.

However, for those who may still be unsure, EFCC has a resident expert!  Josh Fortune has prepared a short video to help and, if you struggle afterwards, will almost certainly be happy to give a few personal tips.

Many churches have been using ZOOM to stream their services and hold virtual meetings.  However, many do so without fully appreciating the security issues that need to be addressed.  Mark Barnes has produced a very helpful guide which he has kindly allowed us to share with you.

During lockdown, much has been discussed on the topic of celebrating at a virtual Lord’s Table.  Garry Williams has written very helpfully on this topic, which we have permission to share with you.