*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 24
th
May
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
Please Note:
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 24
th
May
Here’s how you can join in digitally and physically this week:
1.
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 24
th
May
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
Worship
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.
Sunday broadcasts of services take place on Television and Radio and, of course, BBC1 offers, ‘Songs of Praise.’
Prayer
Across the country people have answered the call to pray at the same time each week in response to the
COVID-19 pandemic.
Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair said: “I’m delighted to have read that in the last couple of months google searches for
‘prayer’ have increased dramatically.
“But reading about what prayer is and how to do it is the only the start of it. After that it’s time to actually pray!
“And what better than to join with brothers and sisters from across the nation at 7pm on Sunday to pray our
way through this ongoing crisis. I commend it to you and look forward to being with you, in Spirit, on Sunday
evening.”
This week’s letter
accompanying the prayer, which is
also available in Gaelic
, states:
“In the Gospel of John (17: 1-11), Jesus prays for his disciples in anticipation of the time when he will no longer
be with them. What is it that he prays for? Jesus asks the Father to ‘protect’ his friends. Whilst he was with
them, Jesus protected and shielded the disciples and later in his prayer he prays for each one of us. The
ascended Lord Jesus continues to pray for us and assures us that his presence will be renewed through the gift
of the Holy Spirit.”
We pray:
Living God and gracious Father,
Protect and shield us.
Living God, protect and shield
All whom we love,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Living God, your Son now sits in your presence
And shares in your glory and honour.
We thank you for the promise
That his presence shall be renewed for us,
Through the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Living God, we thank you that Jesus prayed for us
And that he continues to intercede for us.
We thank you that he continues to pray
For us and for our protection,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Living God, we pray for the life of the world
We thank you for all those who, in these days,
Strive to protect and shield us.
Renew them in heart and soul, and mind and strength, Through the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Living God, renew us we pray and renew the life of the world.
For you so loved the world that you gave your Son
That we might share in the life of the world to come.
Hear our prayer, now and always,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Signed by:
Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly, Church of Scotland.
Most Rev Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Roman Catholic Church.
Most Rev Mark Strange, Primus, on behalf of the College of Bishops, Scottish Episcopal Church.
Rev John Fulton, Moderator, United Free Church of Scotland.
Rev Dr David Pickering, Moderator, United Reformed Church (Scotland)
Rev Martin Hodson, General Director, Baptist Union of Scotland.
Rev Mark Slaney, District Chair, Methodist Church (Scotland)
Rev May-Kane Logan, Chair, Congregational Federation in Scotland.
Lt Col Carol Bailey, Secretary for Scotland, Salvation Army.
Adwoa Bittle, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Rev Jim Ritchie, District Superintendent, British Isles North District, Church of the Nazarene.
Pastor Chris Gbenle, Provincial Pastor, Province of Scotland, Redeemed Christian Church of God.
Bishop Francis Alao, Church of God (Scotland)/Minority Ethnic Churches Together in Scotland (MECTIS)
Fred Drummond, Director, Evangelical Alliance (Scotland)
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2 Responses to *Church Services Suspended Until Further Notice*

  1. Rhona says:

    How incredibly difficult to, simply, find the Time of the Sunday service. Is that really a “welcome ?” to visitors ?

    • Ian Robinson says:

      Thank you for the comment, which I hope I have addressed. Problem is we don’t have anyone particularly good with computer technology! Please note: Time changes to 11.30 in July. Ian R

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