October Congregational Update
The Kirk Session met on Wednesday 14th October 2020 and having discussed the current situation regarding COVID 19 do acknowledge with humility the Lords continued protection of our islands and our own community.
As we continue to see in the rest of the country in recent days the virus is far from being eradicated and with each passing day the growing threat of another national lockdown looms large.
Some congregations within our own denomination and in other denominations have re-opened their churches applying the present restrictions. In August the Kirk Session had considered very carefully the restrictions on attendance to no more than 50 persons, physical distancing, the mandatory wearing of masks, and no congregational singing along with the potential of making people feel uncomfortable through prolonged use of masks and were of the unanimous view not to open the church for worship.
The Kirk Session again unanimously agreed that since there has been no change to these restrictions that we should continue as at present, and that the situation will be reviewed on Wednesday the 18th day of November 2020, unless government guidance for worship changes before that date.
We are continually thankful that the word of God is not in chains and that we have continued our mission, albeit in different ways. During this period, we have been able to continue with the preaching of the word by using CD’s, email services and the congregational website.
Funeral services are still at the graveside with a maximum in attendance of 20 persons. Family worship in the home has had to be suspended due to recent restrictions by the government.
The Deacons Court would like to thank all those who have continued to contribute with their offerings during this time. Ministry and buildings still need to be maintained. The generosity of your giving’s is much appreciated.
Rev R J Campbell