Diane’s Thoughts: Saturday 27 June

Diane’s Thoughts: Saturday 27 June

Lockdown reflections from our Session Clerk

We are now emerging from 3 months of lockdown as things slowly open again and I am reminded of the Bob Dylan song “The Times They Are A- Changing.”   Like many people I was fairly content to stay at home for a few weeks in the expectation that once lockdown was lifted everything would go back to “normal.” Of course, I now realise that we are now living in a very different society and have to adapt to new ways where queuing outside shops, wearing masks and meetings with friends are restricted to outside or through Zoom.  The times are indeed a-changing whether we like it or not and that applies to church life too.

Last week we held our first Social Distance Bake Sale which was a great success and raised £770 for church funds which will go some way towards meeting our commitments.  We sold 120 boxes of yummy cakes and were also able to donate cakes to the staff at Bo’ness Hospital, Tesco and the Fire Station.  Thanks to our superb team of bakers, helpers, delivery drivers and a special thanks to Colin for excellent safety arrangements.    I am very grateful for a willing team of helpers who were prepared to adapt our normal way of doing things and for the great team spirit as we all helped each other (at a safe distance!).

If you came to collect cakes or saw the photos on facebook, the social distancing queuing arrangement, one-way system and hand sanitising procedures etc will be the sort of arrangements that we will have to put in place if the church building is opened.  Deep cleaning will also be required after each use of the building and we will need to complete a very lengthy Risk Assessment and Fire Risk Assessment to be approved by Falkirk Presbytery before our building can be reopened.

There has been coverage in the media about churches opening for private prayer and although we are not planning for this, please remember that the Prayer Labyrinth is available at the West Side of the church and I would encourage you to visit and I pray that you will find the Labyrinth helpful.  Resources are available on the church website.

Our first full Kirk Session meeting by Zoom will be held on Wednesday and reopening the building will be on the agenda.  A Kirk Session meeting on Zoom will be a new experience for us and I know it may be a bit daunting for some so please pray for us as we adapt to this change.  

As we continue our mission outwith the church building and as we look to the future, we pray for vision to serve our communities in new ways and that all our church family will be ready to embrace the challenge of change and embrace the new for the sake of future generations.


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