As we are all aware, the new COVID variant, Omicron, is now present in Scotland and the future is rather uncertain in relation to how serious this is going to be for us all. The Church of Scotland, working alongside the Scottish Government, has produced new guidance for churches over the past few days. Our primary purpose is to make sure that we are all keeping ourselves and others who attend church and church events as safe as possible. As a result of this new guidance, EPC would like to advise of the following in relation to attending church or other church events:
Please take a Lateral Flow Test prior to attending church or a meeting at a church building. If your test is positive, book a PCR test and self-isolate until you have the result.
We ask that people from different households stay 1 metre apart.
Face coverings are mandatory unless you have an exemption.
Please use the hand sanitisers when coming in and leaving the building.
In the meantime, with immediate effect, we have decided to pause any hospitality associated with services, church meetings etc. We will advise other organisations using our halls of our decision.
It is important that if you are unwell you should not attend church or a church event, particularly if you have COVID. Please join us on-line on Sundays!
Further updates will be advertised on our Facebook page and via the website - please take time to check in regularly to see what is being advised.
We are delighted that we are again allowed to open the church for worship. Numbers are no longer restricted and there is no requirement to book in advance. We will, however, still require your contact details for Test and Protect and that you wear a face mask.
We have installed new Audio Visual equipment to allow the Live Streaming of our church services. You can see our current and previous livestreams and videos on our YouTube channel.
For those of you who use Facebook please visit the church page regularly for additional information.
We are delighted that our children’s organisations and activities are up and running: The BB, Guildes and Brownies, Messy Church, EPYC and Church Builders. We also have our new children’s corner in church so that young families and children feel comfortable and welcome
Between June 2020 and May 2021 donations to the foodbank were taken to Castlemilk Church. Recently a Community Pantry has been set up in the Community Centre and Castlemilk Church no longer has a foodbank. We have been supporting The Pantry whilst it is becoming established. Some donations have also been taken to Castlemilk Community Church (Baptist Church), particularly children's clothing which folks have generously donated. The Community Church supports those who have sought asylum, as well as their own community.
Since June 2021 East Renfrewshire Foodbank at Barrhead has needed your donations & we are now taking them there regularly as well as supporting the Eaglesham Community Larder when required.
Thank you Eaglesham Parish Church & Community for your loyal, continuing support since 2014 (believe it or not!).
The Carswell Centre is open for donations on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11.00am and 12.00noon. Monthly community collections continue on the second Sunday of each month.
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.’ Proverbs 3:5
Lord, we pray for young people throughout the world, especially those who are suffering at this time. We remember our youth organisations and the young people who attend them; help them to find lasting friendships and skills for life. Would you encourage all who are responsible for young people, as they devote their time and energy for others; and help them to communicate your love and hope for the future. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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