We are pleased to advise that our church is now open for Sunday worship. Based on government guidelines the Church of Scotland has devised extensive guidance which we, as a church, will be following. To facilitate safe attendance we are asking anyone wishing to attend to book in advance. This can be done by telephoning the church booking line on 07787368549. Alternatively email email@example.com
Worship initially - and possibly for a considerable time - will not be like our usual worship, because of our need to follow the guidelines which are there to keep us all safe. However, we must remember that we will be continuing to worship God as members of his church. Details of what to expect can be found here.
For those of you who use Facebook please visit the church page regularly for additional information.
For those without access to online communications we can share worship by telephone now. If you call 01355681661 you can hear John Lloyd's sermon. Callers are charged a local call rate for this.
The Church of Scotland have a list on their website of churches that regularly livestream services or offer them as downloadable recordings. This is not a definitive list. Please bear in mind that, given the current situation, some of these services may not go ahead.
DNA SMALL GROUPS
Our small groups, called “DNA” or “Discipleship, Nurture and Action”, have been meeting for several years now. Meeting different people in a more informal way has helped to build friendships as well as our faith.
This autumn, we hope that groups can continue online. It’s not ideal, but it can be a good way to keep up the contact which we miss so much at this time.
For more information about joining or starting up a group, please contact Gillian Norval.
Lodging House Mission Harvest Appeal. Please find attached the latest update from Claire, the LHM Chaplain.
Our September Newsletter is available to view here.
If anyone is finding social isolation difficult we have people who are ready and eager to help either practically, emotionally or with prayer. Please contact your elder or Sheila Lamont , Session Clerk, if you would like to access this support.
With the current crisis we recognise that the work of the foodbank will be increasingly important. To help with this we now have received agreement from ERC Environmental Health department to open the Carswell Centre for donations to the foodbank. The Carswell Centre will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11.00 until 12.00 to receive donations. In line with guidance and to protect all concerned, the doors of the Carswell Centre will be open so that donations can be placed inside without touching any surfaces. The donations will be taken the following week (i.e. Leaving a minimum of 72 hours untouched) to the distribution centre. We are glad to be able to support this essential work during this period of crisis.Prayer
Please remember to pray for our church, our community, our country and the world during this difficult time. Especially for those working to find solutions and those working hard to support us through this time. If you feel that you or a loved one would benefit from prayer support feel free to complete the form on our Prayer Request page
The Covid-19 pandemic has not helped the church finances. Despite the fact of furloughing employees the vast majority of our outgoings remain the same without the benefit of income from hall lets and other fund-raising activities.
If you could consider a donation to the church this would be greatly appreciated. This can easily be done through Just Giving.