Colin Johnston writes (18th March):
I am afraid that I am writing with sad, if not totally unexpected, news. I have received word from Edinburgh that, with immediate effect, church services will be suspended on account of the Coronavirus. This has come far sooner than I expected, but we are aware that every day is bringing in new regulations (such as the closure of schools from Friday!), and obviously the health of our members is paramount. We do not have any idea when our services will resume, but I suspect that we are in for the long haul.
We are living in difficult times, and loneliness/ isolation is going to be a real issue over the next months, so please do encourage all our members to keep in touch by phone and, if they have WiFi, by email and also by accessing our website. If anyone has any concern or needs any practical help, they should contact me at the manse.
With love and prayers
Please note that not only services are now cancelled, but also the upcoming Coffee Morning, Guild meetings and the dementia awareness training which was scheduled for the end of this month. Posters will shortly be put on the Church doors to say the buildings will remain open in daylight hours and asking that people use hand sanitiser (which we are in the process of sourcing) or wash their hands when in building.
Colin plans to be in the churches on a Sunday morning at the usual service times for anyone who wishes to attend for prayer and quiet reflection.
We will be using Mailchimp to keep everyone on our mailing list informed of any further developments in this fluid situation and, in the absence of regular communal worship, as a source of reflection and prayer. If you would like to be included on our mailing list please send your mame and email address via the Contact page.