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* Breaking News *
I hope and pray that I find you well. I write to share the heartening news that we will reopen the Edzell Parish Church for Sunday worship this Sunday at 11am (23 August). Kirk Session and Presbytery have given their approval. Risk assessments and protocols are in place.
That said, we are unable at present to return to pre-lockdown patterns of gathering, fellowship, and worship. Seating capacity has been substantially reduced to comply with the 2-metre social distancing rule and procedures are in place for entering, seating, and leaving the church building.
Elders will be on duty to supervise a one-way-system of entering and leaving the building. Facemasks and the use of hand-sanitisers are compulsory. Your free-will offering should be placed on the collection plate on entering the church. No collection will be taken during the service. And congregants that do not already do so are being encouraged to give by bankers standing order to reduce any risk of transmitting the coronavirus via the handling of money.
No Bibles, hymnals or order of service/intimation sheets will be used. No singing is permitted for now. And the Lord’s Prayer is not to be said aloud by the congregation.
Some of you may wish to wait a little longer before returning to church. Possibly phase 4 or something approximating pre-lockdown ‘normality’. Indeed, the Scottish Government and Church of Scotland advise those in special risk categories to avoid public gatherings.
With you in mind we will continue to provide a virtual Sunday Service which can be accessed via our Facebook Page and Web Site. A printed copy is also available from Douglas.
Look forward to seeing you.
While our regular Sunday Service will resume from 23 August with necessary restrictions in place, we will nevertheless continue to offer the online virtual service. Our Minister, Rev Dr Wayne Pearce will continue to record and deliver his sermon each week on Facebook, with a link provided on the Church website. Prayers, readings and hymns will be included. (see link above)
For those who do not have the access or technical capabilities to use online resources, there are still ways to keep engaged with the Church of Scotland at this time.
Please see the list below :-
Church of Scotland Monthly Magazine - Life and Work
As the situation changes, we will provide updates on the Church Facebook Page and this website. We will stay in touch using as many forms of safe communication as possible.
If anyone would like assistance accessing any of the online information, please contact Douglas Gow in the first instance. If anyone knows of an individual or family in need of pastoral care, please advise any one of us on the contact list provided.
For a wider statement, please see the Church of Scotland website. Please note that this advice and guidance will be updated regularly, throughout the period of emergency.
Edzell Church contact information can be found here Contacts
We pray that everyone remains safe and well through this period of uncertainty.
Quote of the week
“Don’t count the days; make the days count.”