Covid Update – 4th January

Unfortunately we have now temporarily closed our building.

Due to today’s updated restrictions from the Scottish Government we have from tonight now closed our building, but a church is its people. We hope and pray you stay home, stay safe and help save lives across Scotland. If you need to contact us we are still available online and can speak to you over the phone and via email, just head to our Contact Us section of the website.

Our midweek service on Thursday the 7th January has now been cancelled. However funerals and weddings will be able to go ahead with restrictions and limited to 20 and 5 people respectively. However we would love to support you for either occasion the best we can in the current circumstances.

Streaming of services will increase on Sunday back to two services a week and we hope to connect with you there.

Message from the Primus

On behalf of the College of Bishops, the Most Rev Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church writes:

To the Churches and congregations of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Many of us have watched, with growing concern, the rise in the number of those testing positive for Coronavirus. This rise has been seen right across Scotland during the past few weeks and may get higher still as the effects of the recent holidays become clearer.

Many of our churches had already decided to remain closed or to suspend face to face worship as this situation unfolded, limiting the numbers to 20 people had given an added headache to our larger churches while sustaining the weekly opening regime had become exhausting for some of our smaller congregations. The awareness of the speed of transmission in the new variant had made it quite clear that the position of Places of Worship was becoming more and more difficult to sustain, a situation made clear by the First Minister today.

The reclosing of our churches is difficult, especially for those who have had the privilege of meeting together over the past few months, yet it is now what we must do. The provision of Provincial online worship will continue and many of our churches will meet together via a variety of platforms. We must continue to pray for each other, for the communities we serve and for the authorities charged with protecting the nation.

The full implications of today’s announcement and the answers to the questions we all have will become clearer as the government documents are produced this week and meetings between us and the government take place. Information will then come from the Advisory Group.

Please continue to pray for the College of Bishops as we will continue to pray for you until with the help of science and our health service we can once again have the freedom to meet together.