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16 September 2020Coronavirus risk assessment

The Kirk Session has decided to carry out a risk assessment of reopening the church buildings for worship.

This does not mean that we are going to reopen soon. It means that we are making preparations to inform our decision. If we conclude that we can ensure the safety of worshippers, we will need to send our plan to Presbytery for approval. Only when we and they are satisfied that it is safe will we reopen.

We want to resume public worship, but we are well aware that infection rates are rising and many of our congregation are particularly vulnerable. We will let you know when there is any progress to report.

26 August 2020Baby loss remembrance and support service

Saying Goodbye, part of the Mariposa Trust, is coming to Perth in September with a brand new baby loss support remembrance and support service. It is for anyone who has either personally lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in early years, or been affected by a family member's or friend's loss.

Services will be in St Ninian's Cathedral at 3–3:30 and 3:45–4:15 pm on Sunday 6 September. Numbers strictly limited, so please book at https://www.sayinggoodbye.org/sgscot20-booking-page/

More details at www.sayinggoodbye.org

13 August 2020Week of prayer

The Moderator invites us all to join in a week of prayer from Monday 17 to Saturday 22 August. There will be a reflection on Facebook and on the Church of Scotland website each morning and a live gathering on Zoom each evening. If you can't use Zoom on a computer, you can dial in on your phone. See here for more details.

05 July 2020Continuing closure of the premises

The Kirk Session has had a Zoom meeting to discuss the possibility of reopening the church buildings. It decided to wait until we can guarantee everyone's safety. Currently we would not be allowed to have any singing or let people use the Bibles or hymn books. We would also have to deep clean the premises before and after every time they were open, as well as providing hand sanitiser and installing a one-way system.

We look forward to worshipping together again when it is possible. Until then, remember that the church buildings may be closed but the Church is open for business.

16 June 2020Moderator of the General Assembly 2021

The Committee to Nominate the Moderator is now ready to receive recommendations for the person who will be nominated as Moderator of the General Assembly in May 2021. The person elected will serve until the opening day of the 2022 Assembly.

Any member of the Church of Scotland can recommend a minister, elder or deacon (i.e. a member of the diaconate) for consideration by the Committee using the Recommendation Form. Completed Forms should be returned to Susan Taylor at staylor@churchofscotland.org.uk by Friday 7th August 2020. The consent of the person being recommended needs to be obtained before the Form is submitted. The Committee asks that there is only one Form submitted for each recommendee.

As well as chairing the General Assembly the Moderator acts as an ambassador for the Church of Scotland at home and abroad. You can read more about the duties of the Moderator here.

The Moderator of the General Assembly is a full-time role and he or she is provided with a flat in Edinburgh during their time of service. Every effort is made to ensure that they are not out of pocket by giving time to this task.

Please give this request your prayerful consideration. Do you know someone who would have the gifts and experience to fulfil this calling? If you do, download the Form and make a recommendation.

10 May 2020Pentecost worship

Sunday 31 May, 10-10.30am – Pentecost – streamed on the Church of Scotland website and Facebook page

The Moderator will lead a service to mark the birthday of the Christian Church, with contributions from many different places. Like the disciples on that first Pentecost, here is the invitation to step confidently into whatever the future holds. The Kirk invites us to make this the service for our congregation on that Sunday, so that as much of the Church of Scotland as possible will be gathered in fellowship and praise.

09 May 2020Heart and Soul

‘Heart and Soul’ is happening at 2.00pm on 17th May – when the original event would have taken place. The programme will run until about 4.20pm. A recording of the event will be available soon afterwards. You will be able to watch the event live on the Church of Scotland website (www.churchofscotland.org.uk) and live on the Facebook page (fb.me/churchofscotland).

08 May 2020Installation of the Moderator

Saturday 16 May, 11am – live on the Church of Scotland website and Facebook page

The Revd Dr Martin Fair will be installed as Moderator of the General Assembly. The ceremony will take place in the Assembly Hall with only a few people physically present because of the COVID-19 restrictions, but followed by thousands of people across Scotland and around the world. The service will be captioned and there will be the option of BSL interpretation. Join us for an historic occasion and a clear statement that the Church is alive and active in these difficult days.

 

24 April 2020Online worship

Robert Wilkie, our Auxiliary Minister, is planning to start posting video services on Facebook on Sunday 26 April.

It should be possible to watch without a Facebook account, but here's how to get one if need be:

Go to http://www.facebook.com

You will be invited to create a new account.

Provide your mobile or your email address.

If you don't have either of those, you can get a free email address at various sites such as Yahoo and Google.

As well as your first name and surname, you need to tell Facebook your date of birth. That is to make sure you are over 13. You can tell it later not to show when your birthday is (or to show the date but not the year) if you don't want people to know.

Pick a password that other people, and computer programs, are unlikely to guess. There are various sites that give advice about creating strong passwords or will even generate one for you (search for "strong password"). Make sure that either you can remember it or your computer memorises it.

Once you are in Facebook, search for Craigie & Moncreiffe Church. When you find our page, click Like. Then anything that goes on the church's page should appear in your Facebook feed.

If you are having difficulty setting up your Facebook account, phone a friend. Children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews tend to be pretty clued up on this sort of thing. They could with your permission create an account for you, and all you would need to do is login. 

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