With lockdown measures easing we are now in the position to consider how we may return to services of public worship. Following the most recent Government announcements we have decided to resume services on Sunday 19th July. However, we are conscious that church will be different from how it was prior to lockdown. As the situation presently stands we anticipate the following differences:
- Lower seating capacity for services due to social distancing.
- No singing during services to prevent spread of virus.
- No children’s facilities (children would be welcome to sit with family, but due to staffing and cleansing issues we could not provide Creche, Sunday School etc. at this time).
- No allowance for social gathering after services.
- Rigid adherence to all anti-virus procedures regarding cleansing and masks etc.
- Services will be completed within an hour.
Our current proposal is that we would resume Sunday services at 10.30am and 6.30pm with both services being identical in content. This will allow for two smaller groups of people to gather for the message and for prayer, as numbers will need to be regulated. We also intend to reserve some seating for any potential visitors.
For anyone with underlying health conditions or with any of the identifiable symptoms of Covid-19, we recognise that it is inadvisable to attempt to attend services.
Services will continue to be recorded and put on the Church website and Facebook page. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact any of the Elders group.
We are conscious that these proposals are subject to change dependant on the advice and guidance of the Government regarding public gatherings.
Lessons from Lockdown
The sermons preached by John Macleod during lockdown have been both recorded separately and summaries of them included in a small booklet entitled Lessons from Lockdown highlighting the thrust of the messages and the belief that they form a very definite word from the Lord to us as a church to which we need to respond.
They can be accessed under the Resources menu here.
They are also available as an A4 document or in pdf formatted for printing as an A5 booklet by printing on both sides in landscape orientation. Alternatively, hard copies may be obtained by request by contacting the church.
At the present time when self isolation and social distancing is the order of the day, we are publishing a new Fellowship Newsletter which we trust will be informative of events outside of our homes and also encouraging to continue to trust in a God who has everything within His control. The weekly newsletters for the previous weeks can be downloaded here:
The second part of the Getting to Know Your Bible series will start on Thursday 3rd September at 7:30pm by Zoom and will continue, DV, on each Thursday until further notice. Having looked at the Old Testament in Part 1 we now go on to overview the New Testament. Access details are the same as at present by clicking here: Meeting ID: 899 8445 3732; Passcode: 005502; telephone contact: 0131 460 1196
A summary of the whole of the Old Testament and its constituent books summarised from the Thursday evening Zoom Bible Studies during the Lockdown period can be found here.
The Prayer Time is now conducted by Zoom each Tuesday at 8 pm using Zoom technology. It can be accessed, using computer, tablet, iPad or by clicking on the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81920229424?pwd=ZjIwcWJpMzhKYS8rY01tU29sd0tkUT09 (ID: 819 2022 9424; Password: 047533). Or, alternatively, the meeting can be accessed by telephone on 0131 460 1196.
In addition to the regular Zoom Prayer meeting at 8 pm on Tuesday evenings two supplementary zoom prayer times will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 am for half an hour, starting on Wednesday 2nd September and will continue, DV, until further notice. Access is by the same ID and password as the Tuesday Zoom Prayer meeting.
As the Church is still liable for all outgoings throughout this difficult period we would encourage members to continue their financial giving of tithes and offerings to the Lord. For those who regularly give by monthly Standing Order no action is needed. However for those who give by envelope or through the offering bags the following suggestions may be helpful:
- Monthly Standing Order – This is the preferred method which requires a simple form from your own bank to be completed. It only needs to be arranged once. For those who are self-isolating, a friend or neighbour may be willing to obtain and return the form from your bank.
- BACS – For those who have internet access to their personal bank account, a BACS transfer could be made to the Church at any time. To assist the Treasurer to identify transfers for Gift Aid and Non Gift Aid purposes, transfers should be identified by the initial of the forename followed by the surname (eg D Jack).
- Cash and cheques– For those who give weekly or monthly by cash or cheque it is recommended that this is now given only by a cheque which should be mailed to the Treasurer.
For the bank details, please contact our treasurer David Jack.