Sunday 19th September 2021

Our service at 11am in the church was broadcast live on Zoom so that those unable to attend in person were still able to worship with us as one church family. The service was led by our minister, Rev Dr Amos Chewachong and if you were unable to join us, an audio recording is available to listen to on our Archive page.

If you are not on our mailing list and would like to receive details on how to attend our services (both Church-based and Zoom) please get in touch through the Contact Us page.

 

Today (19th September) there was the following programme.

1:15pm - On BBC 1 - Songs of Praise - The Rev Kate Bottley joins Christians in Hackney as churches plan for the harvest festival.


 

Sunday 12th September 2021

Our 11am service in the church was broadcast live on Zoom and it was lovely to have so many of you join us, both in church and online. The service this week was led by Rev Dr Amos Chewachong. If you were unable to join us this week, an audio recording of the service is available to listen to on our Archive page. Unfortunately due to technical issues the recording starts at the Children's Address.

If you are not on our mailing list and would like to receive details on how to attend/book a space at one of our services please get in touch through the Contact Us page.

 

Today (12th September) there was the following programme which you should still be able to view on BBC iPlayer.

1:45pm - On BBC 1 - Songs of Praise - Sean Fletcher climbs Pendle Hill in Lancashire to learn how the area inspired radical Christians in the past. James Lusted meets a local pastor continuing the tradition.


 

Sunday 26th September 2021

Our service was led by our minister, Rev Dr Amos Chewachong, and was broadcast live onto Zoom. If you were unable to join us, an audio recording of the service is  now available to listen to on our Archive page.

If you are not on our mailing list and would like to receive details on how to attend one of our services (whether in Church or on Zoom) please get in touch through the Contact Us page.

 

Today (26th September) there was the following programme which you should still be able to view on BBC iPlayer.

1:15pm - On BBC 1 - Songs of Praise - Aled Jones is in Cardiff, where the first episode of Songs of Praise was recorded, to introduce some of the most memorable moments from the programme’s 60-year history.


 

Update on Services

Updated 28th November 2020

Following our Kirk Session meeting mid-November, we have decided to continue to only hold services at 11am on Sundays and alternating these between a physical service in the Church building and an online "Zoom" service for the time being. 

 

The forthcoming 11am services will be as follows :-

29th November - Zoom Service

6th December - Service (in Church building)

13th December - Zoom Service

20th December - Service (in Church building)

 

There will be NO EVENING SERVICES.

 

Please note that the current restrictions from the Scottish Government mean that we are limited to 50 people attending a service in the Church and therefore pre-booking is essential. If you do not normally receive an email with details on how to book for in-Church services/log in details for Zoom services please get in touch through the Contact Us page.

Update on Services

Updated 17th October 2020

We were delighted to reopen our Church building for services in September. Following the conclusion of the initial 4-week trial and having received feedback from some worshippers, the Kirk Session met earlier this week and decided that over the next 4 weeks there will be a further trial, but only holding services at 11am on Sundays and alternating these between a physical service in the Church building and an online "Zoom" service. 

 

The forthcoming 11am services will be as follows :-

18th October - Zoom Service

25th October - Communion Service (in Church building)

1st November - Zoom Service

8th November - Remembrance Sunday Service (in Church building)

15th November - Zoom Service

22nd November - Service (in Church building).

 

There will be NO EVENING SERVICES during this trial.

 

Please note that the current restrictions from the Scottish Government mean that we are limited to 50 people attending a service in the Church and therefore pre-booking is essential. If you do not normally receive an email with details on how to book for in-Church services/log in details for Zoom services please get in touch through the Contact Us page.

Our Church building is reopening!

Updated 17th September 2020

As you are no doubt aware, we are delighted to be reopening our Church building for 11am services from this Sunday, 20th September. Details regarding restrictions etc. are given below.

 

We will continue to hold weekly Zoom services and these will run at 6:30pm on Sundays from this Sunday, 20th September. If you have not joined us before, and would like details on how to join, please drop us a message through the Contact Us page.  

We are trialling these arrangements for an initial 4-week period and would welcome feedback on any aspect of these services.

 

Due to Government restrictions, for the time being, the Church service will not be quite what we were used to. Please note that :-

a) face masks/coverings must be worn while within the Church building.

b) those attending are required to exercise suitable distancing at all times and, to accommodate this, specific areas of the Church are allocated for families or couples or individuals. A steward will show you to an appropriate pew when you enter the Church.

c) while there will be music played by Hannah on our organ, we are not allowed to sing.

d) all pew cushions have been moved out of the pews - so for your comfort you may well wish to bring your own cushion (and take it home again at the end of the service).

e) no hymn books or bibles will be available, but the words will be projected as usual to allow us to reflect on them.

f) no tea/coffee will be available in the hall following the service.

Please check the September edition of our "Journal" for fuller details by clicking HERE.

 

As the number of people allowed to attend is limited to 50, we have instigated a "booking system" to ensure that potential worshippers know in advance whether or not they will gain admission to the building. There are two options -

i) A link to an online booking system (Doodle) is available from 10am each Friday. The link for the service will change each week and we will send the appropriate information in advance. For details on how to use this method, and to be added to our mailing list for future services, please drop us a message through the Contact Us page. 

ii) Telephone (01382) 543034. This will only be available on Fridays from 10am to 5pm. We will take your details and add them manually to the online system on your behalf.

 

 

If you have any questions about any of this please do not hesitate to get in touch through the Contact Us page.

Statement on re-opening the church buildings

26th July 2020

Whilst the Scottish Government has now given permission for places of worship to reopen, our church leadership has concluded that it is not currently practical to do so whilst so many other restrictions remain in place.

  • We could only accommodate a much-reduced number within the church building
  • We would not be allowed to sing, which is an important part of our worship services.
  • Face coverings would be required at all times within the building.
  • We would require to implement strict hand-washing and sanitisation measures for everyone as they enter and leave the church building.
  • All areas of the building that are used (pews, doors, etc.) would need to be cleaned before and after each service.
  • We would have to record contact details for everyone attending which could cause GDPR problems.

The restriction on numbers would leave us in the difficult position of having to turn people away or ask them not to attend, which seems inappropriate at this stage.

The logistics of getting people in and out of the buildings safely whilst maintaining social distancing are also challenging. Above all our concern for your safety has led us to conclude that it is not currently practical for us to reopen.

Whilst the current arrangements are not ideal, they do mean that everyone has access to online services in their own homes each Sunday. We hold a service via Zoom each Sunday morning at 11am; if you are not on our mailing list to receive details of how to access these services please send us a message through the Contact Us page.

With the relaxing of lockdown regulations, you are now able to invite others into your homes and we would encourage you to consider resuming fellowship by inviting others to watch the services with you.

Our Kirk House Complex remains closed meantime and we anticipate that this will re-open soon after the church building itself has opened.

Plans are well underway for manna to re-open in early August. Please check their Facebook page and notices in manna’s windows for up to date announcements.

The Kirk Session are keeping the situation under review and will issue updates when appropriate.

Until we are able to meet again, if there is anything the church can do to help please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

For updates on the services etc we are offering please click HERE

 

Further updates will be posted here and on the Church Facebook Page

The latest updates from the Church of Scotland can be viewed here.

 

"Trust in Him at all times." Psalm 62 verse 8

Community Leaflet Support

Here is a copy of the leaflet that has been delivered to houses in Newport and Wormit. It contains information and phone numbers which may be of help during the coming weeks.

** Please note the phone number for the shopping service has changed to 07398969470. **

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