These are difficult days. However, be assured that we are here as the Church of Jesus Christ to continue to support you in this time of crisis.
Notices for week beginning Sunday 29th March
The Church of Scotland is 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.
These notices provide information about what is currently happening in Wigtown Parish Church and the National Church of Scotland. The Church of Scotland website is providing regularly updated information at www.churchofscotland.org.uk.
Wigtown Parish Church
Wigtown Parish Church buildings will remain closed to the public until further notice.
However, we will be using other means to remain in touch and support one another as a community, e.g. telephone, e-mail, letter, social media etc. Please refer to Wigtown Parish Church website and Facebook page for information as things develop.
Please contact the Session Clerk or the Minister for any pastoral matters.
Local Worship – Sunday 29th, March
Here’s how you can join in digitally and physically this week:
- Message from the Manse- 10.30 am Wigtown Parish Church Facebook Page.
Rev. Eric Boyle and Renita Boyle will lead us in a reading, prayer, songs, reflection and blessing. You can join live or look later. Please do leave comments on the post as an encouragement and feel free to share with others on your social media platforms. If you have friends who are not online, phone them and share.
- Flicker and Flame: Spread the Light, Share the Story – 7 pm, www.facebook.com/wigtownparishchurch.
Gather your family and join Renita for a candlelight story.
Please involve those who are not online. Phone a family member or friend at 7 pm and light your candles together.
Food bank requirements – Sunday 29th, March
The food bank and its volunteers are able to continue to provide our service as normal whilst adhering to the guidelines on social distancing.
Our food bank is currently in a good position to be able to carry on supporting the vulnerable people in our area. Food stocks are at a good level due to the financial backing we have received. Food donations have slowed down significantly. However cash donations have increased and we thank everyone who has supported us in this way.
Many of our referral agencies are now working from home with the result that people are finding it harder to request a referral. Posters have been distributed advising people in need to make contact by telephone 07884 370419 or through the facebook page, Machars Churches Basics Food Bank.
The food bank is operating as normal and will continue to do so. We are confident that we will be able to continue operation throughout this current crisis. Please keep us in your prayers and keep yourselves safe and well.
National Church of Scotland
The National Church of Scotland 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.
Some churches live stream or post their services online. You can find a list of these on our Kirk services online page.
The Right Reverend Colin Sinclair is offering a live daily reflection on Facebook at 10 am. It is expected that there will be a reflective service broadcast on BBC1 Scotland at 12.15 pm on Sunday 29th March 20202; arrangements to facilitate this are ongoing.
Last Sunday, thousands of Christians across Scotland answered the call to light a candle and pray at the same time in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following positive feedback from last week’s prayer initiative, a further letter has been signed by 14 Christian organisations across the country, including the Church of Scotland.
The letter states: “We pray in solidarity with those across Britain and Ireland and in solidarity with those across the world who face the challenge that the Covid-19 pandemic brings.”
Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said: “When so much is not normal how lovely it can be to come together at 7pm each Sunday and have a few moments in which we can pray together.
“Let me encourage you to keep hope alive and join with us in prayer.”
Joint prayer from Christians in Scotland:
We turn to you, our Father, for we need your help.
Lord Jesus, as you have promised, be with us, whatever lies ahead,
Strengthen us, Holy Spirit, as we face this together.
We pray for our world and our country,
as coronavirus threatens our lives and our livelihood, leaving many in lockdown,
while key workers continue, despite the risk.
We pray for government leaders at Westminster and Holyrood,
responding to medical and scientific advice,
making tough decisions for the wellbeing of all.
We pray for all who serve on the frontline in the NHS and in social care;
facing increasing numbers, overstretched resources
and distressing human need.
Bless those who are ill, those who are alone and afraid,
those exhausted looking after their family, those worried for the vulnerable,
those fearful for their finances, those shut in to their fears.
Thank you for those who have returned from retirement to help,
or joined the volunteer army.
Thank you for those working:
to manufacture needed resources,
to find a vaccine,
to keep in contact with the isolated,
to encourage others at this time.
Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Give us faith, hope and love and hear our prayers,
in Jesus’ name. Amen.