Diane’s Thoughts: Saturday 16 May

Diane’s Thoughts: Saturday 16 May

Lockdown reflections from our Session Clerk

This week I expected to be attending the General Assembly for the first time and was looking forward to finding out more about the work of the church, being involved in discussions and hearing about the challenges facing the Church of Scotland, particularly after last year’s decision to implement a Radical Action Plan.  Of course, the General Assembly has been cancelled and church buildings remain closed but the work of the church goes on and the need for change is greater than ever.

We’ve had to find new ways of providing ministry, pastoral care, supporting our community and connecting with each other.  As our time in lockdown continues and there is a growing realisation that social distancing will be with us for a long time, we know that it could be several months before church buildings will be able to open again and that brings many challenges.   How will we worship while maintaining social distancing, collect the offering on a cashless basis, have activities for young people, provide hospitality, socialise without hugs and handshakes ……?   

Like many other charities, the church is under great financial strain both locally and nationally and yet the need for the church is probably greater than ever.  Financial pressures and shrinking resources could bring about radical change much sooner than any of us expected. 

We have been blessed that we have been able to connect with many people through our online ministry, many of whom do not normally attend on a Sunday and I hope and pray that we will be able to continue that connection into the future.   We have also been blessed by the outpouring of love and compassion within our church family and our community as people help each other.  Many of the folks who normally help around church are in vulnerable groups and I am thankful some of our church family who are furloughed or working from home have been able to help in new ways.

When Jesus called the disciples, He asked them to leave everything they had and everything they knew to “come and follow me” and so they left their old ways behind and followed Jesus.  My prayer is that we will all adapt to new ways of being church, that we will keep on following Jesus, wherever He leads us and whatever changes that involves and we will keep on serving our Lord and being His church.

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