Week beginning: Sunday 2nd August 2020
Hello again friends,
As we continue into the summer there may be some wondering why the Church is not
opening yet and why there is no date yet for Sunday morning worship to resume.
It is a very valid question and one that certainly springs up for many, particularly when the First Minister had reported in mid July that places of worship could reopen.
However, as we read the small print, there is a lot of preparation work to be done and so, we would ask you to remain prayerfully patient as the procedures are worked through by the ministry team and Kirk Session.
Last week Douglas, Kirsteen and Naomi navigated their way through a huge document issued by The Church of Scotland with all the guidelines and regulations and answered the 50 points raised in the Health and Safety survey.
This coming Tuesday the Kirk Session will meet again via Zoom and discussions will take place about the new format for worship.
As you would expect, masks have to be worn (these will be made available for anyone wishing to worship who does not have a mask), there will be hand sanitising gel to be used entering and exiting the building and those attending will have to supply contact details for the purpose of track and trace, should that be required.
It is anticipated that services will be held in the Sanctuary and not in the Community Hall as previously suggested but social distancing measures must be observed and there could be a restriction on numbers.
All of this may make for rather depressing reading as the months go on and on and we seem to still be facing a huge block when it comes to participating in Church life but please rest assured, these measures must be adhered to so that everyone is safe and the ministry team and Session are very keen for things to move along timeously but, integrity is essential and corners cannot be cut.
In the meantime Douglas and Kirsteen continue to offer prayers, readings and sermons via our website, Facebook and YouTube and we do hope these have been helpful.
The Church of Scotland website encourages us to join with other Christians in praying together a set prayer at 7pm on Sunday evening (or indeed whenever is convenient for you). The prayer is available on the Church of Scotland Website https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/scottish-churches-join-call-to-pray-on-sunday
... and is accompanied by a letter that states:
“The present times continue to be ones in which uncertainty casts a shadow over the future. Our onward journey appears to be one that will not be straightforward or necessarily clear. Indeed, we might find ourselves having to take a step back before we go forward again.
“There are occasions in the Gospel when we see that Jesus has to take a step back and go ‘to a deserted place by himself’. On such occasions, we know that Jesus prayed and sought the renewed presence of God. He does so in order that he might continue the ministry that God has given to him.
“In the Gospel of Matthew and following such an occasion, we see the compassion of God made known to us through Jesus. In response to the need of those who come to him, Jesus feeds them with good gifts. (14: 13-21) At this present time, may we know the compassionate presence of God revealed to us as we make our onward journey.”
We continue to give God thanks for the internet and all the resources that have been made available to us in this time to bring us teaching, encouragement and words of comfort but of course we pray for wisdom and discernment when choosing what preachers to turn to.
Douglas will be hosting the Monthly Healing Service on Zoom tomorrow evening, Monday 3rd August, at the usual time of 7.45pm. The theme of the service is:
“God’s Justice: Restoration and Restitution.”
If you would like to connect with us in this way, whether you have been to a Healing Service before or not, please email Katherine at Kmnicol19@gmail.com by 7.00pm on Monday and she will email you back with an invitation ... which will contain a link and a password. This meeting will not be in the usual service format but will be a time to let us feel connected as we worship God through readings of His Word, a word of encouragement and prayer. All are most welcome!
As ever, please do not hesitate to contact one of the team in confidence for a chat and/or prayer if you have any concerns, fears or anxiety about returning to public worship or indeed any issue that is troubling you.
Again we take the time to acknowledge times of celebration in the lives of our church members.
Congratulations to Doreen and Brian Kier who celebrated their 48th Wedding Anniversary on Wednesday, 22nd July.
Many happy returns to Rebecca Luke who celebrates her 13th birthday today, Sunday, 2nd August.
MINISTER: Rev Douglas Nicol, 36 Springkell Drive, GLASGOW G41 4EZ
0141 427 7877 Email: DNicol@churchofscotland.org.uk
PART-TIME PARISH ASSISTANT: Kirsteen Marshall
07720 625 789 Email: KMarshall@churchofscotland.org.uk
PART-TIME children and Families Worker: Naomi Sutton 07486 563 779 Email: NSutton@churchofscotland.org.uk