Re-opening of church buildings for public Worship
It was with a great sense of relief and joy that I announced that, as from 4th April, St Mary Magdalene’s Church building would be open once again for public worship. After over three months of Lockdown, which resulted in all our worship going online, we were be back in church to celebrate Easter. A wonderful sign and proclamation of Resurrection.
As from the 19th July, many of the restrictions that we have lived under have been reviewed. We do, of course, still have to comply with all the guidelines and restrictions that are still currently in place. The maximum number of people allowed at a service of worship is now 150 in our capacious church building. This is the maximum under the Public Based Capacity Guidelines. This limit applies to all services held within the church building including Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms. We are now, though, permitted to take Holy Communion to our sick and housebound members. Pastoral visiting to those who are isolated or at risk is also permitted. This is a great joy to all concerned. These restrictions are being constantly reviewed by the Scottish Government with, hopefully, further relaxation taking place from 9 August.
Those attending worship must continue wear facemasks or face coverings whilst on church premises, unless they have an exemption. Social distancing must be maintained at all times and hand sanitiser used before entering and leaving the buildings. As from the 19th July congregational singing is again permitted, although face masks/coverings must still be worn. Those who wish to receive Holy Communion will only do so in one kind, the bread. The giving of Communion wine is not yet permitted.
Whilst we may find these continuing restrictions somewhat irksome, we have them, and we follow them, out of a sense of love and care for one another. Ultimately, the safety, health, and wellbeing of those who enter our church is of paramount importance. It is a small price to pay to ensure that we are kept safe and, by following the rules set out, we can at least enjoy the privilege of gathering together as God’s people to share in worship, praise and prayer.
The times of our Services are at present:
|Sunday 11 am||Sung Eucharist (limited singing)|
|Wednesday 10 am||Said Eucharist (held in the coffee room)|
If you wish to attend any of our services for the first time it would be greatly assist in the regulation of numbers in church if you could contact the Rector, Rev Canon Kenneth Gibson, either by
telephone: 0782 555 4419 or
For those who are not still not able to attend church in-person, it is now possible to follow our main Sunday Service via Facebook. This is easily done by simply going on to the Church’s Facebook page, and following the live stream at 11 am.
Rev Canon Kenneth Gibson (Rector)
19 July 2021