*Church Services Suspended Until Further Notice*

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 12
th
July
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
On Wednesdays 2-3 pm, the sanctuary of Wigtown Parish Church will be open for Personal Prayer.
Volunteers will be on hand to guide you. A video of the altered layout of the building is available to
view on our facebook page.
From the 15
th
July Churches will be able to resume in person worship in Church Buildings. The
procedures and practicalities are still being finalised. Notices will be sent out once we are ready to
re-open our Church Building for worship. We continue to provide our Message from the Manse on
Sundays at 10:30 on our facebook page.
We continue to use 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 12
th
July
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.
Food bank requirements – Sunday 12
th
July
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
Support your local church with our new online
donations system
The impact of the global coronavirus pandemic has forced us to close our church buildings
and stop many of our usual activities, but the vital work of the Church goes on and is needed
now, more than ever.
How you can donate
The Church of Scotland has launched an online donation system to support the work of our
churches nationally and locally.
Your giving to Wigtown Parish Church or Kirkcowan Parish Church will help us to continue our on-
line and in-person ministry and ensure that we are sustained, equipped and resourced to face the
future.
Follow the link below to the Church of Scotland donations page.
1. Choose a congregation you wish to give to and ensure that you click the donate to a congregation
button
2. Opt in to gift aid (applicable to UK taxpayers only)
3 Complete your donation which will bring you via PayPal but also allows you to donate with a card
https://cos.churchofscotland.org.uk/donate/
Worship
The National Church of Scotland provides recorded services 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.
Sunday broadcasts of services take place on Television and Radio and, of course, BBC1 offers,
‘Songs of Praise.’
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