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We are very conscious of the need to provide spiritual resources in this time, both nationally and locally. While physical services are cancelled, a number of churches are moving to offer online worship. We will be providing a recorded service every Sunday via the Church of Scotland website and social media platforms, as well as transcripts which can be printed and delivered to those who are not able to access online resources. We will also be aiming to provide guidance and ideas for how congregations can connect with each other and offer spiritual practices for members to follow in their own time. This will, from next week, include webinars to help you learn how to use online tools to connect with your local congregation and community. For this purpose we have created a dedicated page (here) on the Church of Scotland website which will be updated over the days and weeks ahead. Please stay in touch with us to let us know what training and resources would be useful at this time and recommendations of what is working for you locally which we can share with your colleagues, using the mailbox email@example.com
Radio and Television/Social Media
Early conversations with BBC Scotland about a possible Sunday service to be broadcast are taking place; further details will be released as they become available. The Moderator of the General Assembly, the Right Reverend Colin Sinclair, has prepared a brief act of worship, and this will be available on the Church’s website, and on social media, from the morning of Sunday 22nd March 2020. He will also deliver a live daily reflection on Facebook beginning on the morning of Monday 23rd March, at 10 am (here).
We have received the following message from Church of Scotland and it has now been agreed by the Kirk Session that Jackson Church will remained closed until further notice.
There are a number of churches locally who are offering live streaming. You will find the links on the Church of Scotland website.
"In the light of the above, the Church of Scotland Task Group has agreed to ask, in the strongest terms, that all gatherings for worship should cease until further notice, with effect from Wednesday 17th March 2020, or earlier if possible. Other Scottish Churches are taking similar actions. This obviously includes Easter services. Some Presbyteries have already instructed this action."
I read this today and thought it would be worthwhile sharing as a reminder that even though our church building is ‘closed’ we can still worship in other ways. Hope it inspires and lifts your spirits in these bleak and uncertain times and take heart that God Loves You - NO MATTER WHAT :)
We haven't cancelled worship; we've cancelled a religious service
at a specific time, in a specific place, on a specific day, but folks will still
worship God when they are caring for the grandkids and walking their dogs;
worship as they serve beside Jesus at foodbanks and picking up groceries
for a neighbour;
worship when they share the Spirit's peace by singing songs over the phone to a parent;
worship when they work from home; worship when they endure extra shifts
in nursing homes and group homes; worship when they email someone far away
and wave to a stranger across the street; worship when they take toilet paper
to a homeless shelter and volunteer at a polling place.
we haven't cancelled worship, just the "official" part
that may be the smallest part of it all
The Kirk session met today after church and agreed that all organisations in the church are now cancelled until further notice.