Dear RiverGrace Family,
I guess this as good as any time to share our policy about having a church service or other activities when a typhoon is expected to, or is already affecting Hong Kong. Of course our #1 concern is for everyone's safety. The other concern is that some of our folks come from the far corners of Hong Kong. Transportation can suddenly stop, meaning some people may not even be able to make it back home. So lets use the following general rule of thumb...
If a typhoon signal #8 is expected to go up within 3 hours before any activity or event, it will be cancelled. We will not hold the service or activity, nor will anyone be there to open doors. We will still send out a notice to confirm the decision. Please check WhatsApp. (If you not on RiverGrace's main WhatsApp group let me know and I can add you.)
If the #8 signal is expected to be lowered by 3 hours before the event, we'll still have it on schedule. On Sundays, if the #8 goes down by 1:00, we'll plan to have the service, but just later. Last Sunday we did have an informal service at around 3:00, and though there were only around 20 who made it, it was still good. We will not plan to hold the service if the time is later than 4:00pm. Again, we'll send out notices via WhatsApp, so everyone will know for certain.
Even if we do hold events, please use wisdom for your own situation. The typhoon may affect different part of Hong Kong in different ways.
I also wanted to let you know that next Sunday, September 10, Yan Yue asked me if RG can take a photo together with them as memory of our time there. They would like to have the photo framed and give it to us on October 1 and they will keep one for themselves. So I want to make a special request for all of you to make every effort to be at the church at 11:50, a few minutes before our service starts. How about it? Think we can do it? I know it's a challenge for some of you, but we want to include everyone we can in the photo.
This Sunday P. Irma will lead us in a Concerts of prayer. Gee will lead the worship songs. At the end of the service, we will spend a few minutes for everyone to fill in the membership forms. This is especially for those that want to change membership to RiverGrace on October 15. All of those that change have to be approved by the Leadership Team and by HKEC as well. That's why it is urgent that we have the forms filled out. We will do it that way so that if there are any questions we'll be there to answer them. Even if you are not yet ready to transfer membership or to become a member, we'd like you to fill out the form, just for our records. Thanks for your patience as we work through all the details.
The AM and PM Connects groups will meet on Wednesday as well as the Spanish Fellowship.
Lineup for this coming Sunday, September 3
- 10:00am - Worship team practice - Gee
- 11:15 - Pre-service Prayer Meeting
- 12:00pm - Worship service - P. Irma - Concerts of Prayer
- 1:45pm - Simple Lunch
- 2:45 - Sunday Connect Groups
- 3:00 - Leadership Team Meeting
Activities next week...
- Wednesday, September 6
11:00am - Wednesday AM Connect Groups
7:00pm - Wednesday PM Connect Group / Spanish Fellowship
- Sunday September 10
11:55am - Photo taking - RiverGrace and Yan Yue
12:00pm - Worship service, Ps. Dave - Nehemiah 8
October 1: Joint worship with Yan Yue Church
October 8: First service to meet in United Chrisitan College
Hope to see you all on Sunday.
Love and blessings,