Musings From The Manse

Musings From The Manse

A reflection for these days of a church in Lockdown.

At last, it seems, there is light beginning to appear at the end of the tunnel, with the news that Lockdown is to be lifted further this coming week as we move into phase 2 and with the news that some holiday accommodation may be allowed to prepare for reopening in the middle of July.

It might seem then as though there might be some returning to normal… except that it won’t really be going back to normal, rather we’ll be taking this next step to our new normal where physical distancing seems here to stay.

On Friday I received the guidelines from the Church of Scotland about when and how we might be allowed to reopen our buildings, and they, as expected made for somber reading.

It will be up to the Kirk Session in due course once we are in to phase 3 to decide whether or not and in what capacity we will consider reopening our buildings. But with limits on numbers allowed to gather inside the building, the advice against singing, the recommended wearing of masks and the requirement to keep everybody 2 metres apart at all times (and that’s at leat 3 pew lengths) it is unlikely that we will be opening our doors until much later in the year.

And so it looks as though online worship and fellowship is here to stay…

If you’d rather not watch online, or if you don’t have access to the internet, then you can now listen to our service by phoning this dedicated phone line 01506 536797 (cost of a local call).

I know that many are now beginning to struggle with the thought of shielding until the end of July, but just because we can’t meet together in person, it doesn’t mean that we’re not all thinking of one another and missing one another, and so I encourage you to keep in touch, there’s our weekly zoom café at 1:30 pm where you can bring your own cuppa of choice and chat online with others. All that’s needed is to download the zoom app onto any smartphone or tablet, and you can join us here.

But even if you don’t have access to the internet you can still join in the conversation on your normal telephone on 0131 460 1196 where you will be asked to key in the meeting ID which is: 320 367 3450

Our zoom cafe is also open on a Sunday immediately following the live showing of our Sunday reflections, usually around 11:15 and the link and the phone number are the same as above.

If you have any other ideas about ways that we can connect with one another over the coming weeks and months then please do let us know.

And we’ll keep you informed as we journey through this time into the new normal…

And so, the challenge is, how can we encourage one another and continue to grow and reach into our community with the good news that the a kingdom of heaven has come near in these days, and what will it mean for us to be the church in the days ahead?

Much to think about….

Blessings, Amanda

Old Kirk