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6th December 2021

Just a wee reminder that June continues to collect used stamps for charity. If you could collect any used stamps from your Christmas card envelopes and pass them onto June, it would be much appreciated.

June also gathers unwanted ladies handbags as she can put them to good use in her charitable work. If you have any handbags cluttering up your cupboards and would like to create more space, June would be pleased to take them out of your way!

4th December 2021

An announcement this afternoon from Woody:

Hi, 
 
Just to let you know that at this moment in time, Alison has tested positive for Covid, the result of her PCR test has still to be confirmed. With or without a positive test result, Alison would not be available to lead worship tomorrow as she is unwell.
 
Rev Ronald Matandakufa will lead us in worship and we will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion during a shortened service tomorrow morning at 10.30am after which he will return to KHR to lead their morning worship. 
We are grateful to Ronald for offering his services and we wish Alison a speedy recovery. 
 
In addition to these arrangements, the planned Memorial Service which was due to take place at 2.00pm tomorrow afternoon has been cancelled. Please inform anyone you know who intended coming to this service of the cancellation. As yet, no alternative arrangements have been concluded for this service but you may wish to inform others that on Sunday 12th December Abbotsgrange are hosting a Memorial Service at 2.00pm and KHR are hosting a Memorial Service at 7.00pm.
 
Thanks to Helen, Julia and Gillian for volunteering for door duty tomorrow afternoon, however, due to the cancellation, your services are no longer required. 
 
I will be at the church between 1.30pm and 2.00pm to meet any attendees who are unaware of these circumstances,  
 
Regards,
 
Woody:)

2nd December 2021

Grateful thanks to Elspeth, Janette, Carol, Fraser, Charles, Alex, Andrew and Woody for decorating the Church and putting up the Christmas tree.

Please come along to Sunday Service and see what a great job they have done.

 

30th November 2021

Choir Christmas Cantata

Our Annual Choir Concert will be held on Sunday 12th December at 3pm in the Church Sanctuary.

Please come along and listen to the Christmas story in music and song.

Everyone is welcome.

Covid policies and Track & Trace will be in operation.

 

30th November 2021

Annual Memorial Service

Postponed.

 

 

 

30th November 2021

Diary Dates for December:

December Dates;

1st; Grangemouth Churches of Scotland meet at 7pm in Abbotsgrange Church. Everyone is welcome to attend

5th; Advent 2; Holy Communion at 10.30am; Memorial service at 2pm

6th; Kirk Session and Congregational Board meets on zoom at 7pm.

7th; Presbytery of Falkirk meets at 7pm.

8th; Bible Study and Quiz at 7pm on zoom.

12th; Advent 3; Worship at 10.30am.  Choir Concert at 3pm

19th; Advent 4; Worship at 10.30am led by the Sunday School.

          Night Church at 7pm.

24th; Watchnight service- Time to be confirmed.

26th; Lessons and Carols at 10.30am

 

23rd November 2021

Annual Memorial Service: We are holding our Annual Memorial Service on Sunday 5th December at 2pm in Zetland Church. This is open to anyone who wishes to come along, to remember someone you have lost, whether recently or many years ago. Refreshments will be available thereafter. We hope to welcome you as you remember your loved ones.

 

Night Church: Our monthly Night Church resumes on Sunday 19th December from 7-8pm. Please come along to the church, to listen, pray and quietly reflect on photos and music in the candle-light, during the hour, for as little or as long as you wish. There will be a meditation at 7.50pm. Look forward to being with you.

 

Kirk Session/Congregational Board Meeting: The next Kirk Session/Congregational Board meeting will be held on Monday 6th December 2021 at 7pm on Zoom.

Log in details will be sent out nearer the time.

 

22nd November

We have received an update today from Ruth in Nepal. Ruth is now settling back in to Nepal and has now obtained her work visa and has started work again in her office. You can read the full story by clicking on the ‘Ruth in Nepal’ tab at the top of the page.

Our thanks to Elspeth for sharing this update with us.

 

21st November 2021 

Worship next Sunday will be held on Sunday 28th November at 10.30am and will be led by Alison & Susan.

At our Kirk Session & Congregational Board meeting held on Zoom on Monday 8th November 2021 it was agreed to adopt The Unitary Form of Constitution and to put this Constitution change to the congregation. A meeting of the congregation will be held after worship on Sunday 28th November 2021 in the Church Sanctuary and members are encouraged to come along to discuss this proposition and also vote on the proposal to change.

Information on The Unitary Form of Constitution is published below:

 

14th November 2021

Next Sunday Worship will be held on Sunday 21st November at 10.30am and will be led by Susan.

 

10th November 2021

We have received an update today from Ruth in Nepal and you can read Ruth’s message by clicking on the Ruth in Nepal tab at the top of the page.

 

9th November 2021

The Unitary Form of Constitution

At our Kirk Session & Congregational Board meeting held on Zoom on Monday 8th November 2021 it was agreed to adopt The Unitary Form of Constitution and to put this Constitution change to the congregation. A meeting of the congregation will be held after worship on Sunday 28th November 2021 in the Church Sanctuary and members are encouraged to come along to discuss this proposition and also vote on the proposal to change.

Information on The Unitary Form of Constitution is published below:

 

ZETLAND PARISH CHURCH;

 

Proposal to Improve our Church Structures:

For discussion.

Over the past few months, we have mentioned the Unitary Constitution in our meetings as a necessary way forward, as we prepare for union, but also as this is how we have been operating during Covid. This document is an aid to discussion regarding our future organisational structure in Zetland Church.

This document will give some food for thought- only pointers! But there are legal processes to go through to alter the way we, as a congregation work, and it is entirely appropriate that we consider these issues. Please read this document, think through the implications, so that we can have a discussion at our next meeting.

For many years, the constitution used in Zetland Church has been the Model constitution of Kirk Session and Board.   Elders and non-elders can be members of any group which reports back to the Session or Board. This won’t change and includes members in the work of the congregation. It is widely recognised that there are many people within the congregation who have skills and gifts to offer in specific areas of the church’s life, and it would be good if we could widen this. It’s in these smaller groups that ideas form and are developed, where proposals can be teased out, to bring proposals to the Kirk Session and Cong Board. This would free the Congregational Board and Kirk Session to make the bigger decisions and give guidance on the overall direction of our mission within this parish/town.

Charity Trustees:

With the passing of The Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 and the subsequent formation of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) by the Scottish Government many changes have been felt within congregations throughout Scotland.

As a charity, Zetland Church has charity trustees. Our trustees are made up of every member of the Kirk session and congregational board. Zetland is a designated religious charity, (DRC from now) and its trustees are accountable- for the Court now has powers to freeze the bank account of a DRC, if misconduct is established.  It should also be noted that OSCR still has “teeth” if misconduct in a DRC is established as it can then remove DRC status, opening up the religious body concerned to the full range of regulatory controls which apply to secular charities.  There are many duties and responsibilities placed upon a charity trustee, laid out in law in the charities act. They must act in the interests of the Charity. They must seek in good faith, to ensure the Charity operates in a manner, consistent with its purposes.  They must act with the care and diligence that it is reasonable to expect of a person who is managing the affairs of another person. They have to ensure that the charity complies with directions, requirements, notices or duties imposed on it by virtue of the Act.

Part of the trustees’ responsibility is to ensure prudence and diligence within the congregation. It is the expectation that trustees will discharge their duties with the same prudence and diligence as they would use if they were entrusted with the management of the affairs of another person. This expectation includes regular attendance at meetings, careful attention to written reports and minutes and the ascertaining, whether by the questioning of other office?bearers attending meetings or otherwise, of all information necessary for the making of decisions.  At times, office bearers may be called upon to take decisions concerning matters about which they are not competent to make judgements.  It is important to “know what you do not know!” In such cases, the safe course is to postpone taking any decision until further advice has been obtained from a suitably qualified person.

 

Model Deed of Constitution:

Without going into too much detail, the Model Deed differentiates between the sacred and temporal matters, between the spiritual and material. The Kirk Session, while having overall responsibility for the dealings of the church, is primarily concerned with the spiritual well-being of the church members and for the missionary outreach to the parish. The Moderator of Session meetings is the Minister.

The decision making on the temporal matters of finance and fabric is ‘devolved’ to the Congregational Board, made up of elders and elected church members. The Board can be chaired by any of its members.

 

The Unitary Form of Constitution:

In 2003 the General Assembly introduced a new form of constitution, the Unitary Form, which appears remarkably similar to the old quoad omnia constitution that congregations were encouraged to move away from! Instead of a separation between spiritual and temporal, and between Kirk Session and Congregational Board, there is only one main court: the Kirk Session, which has oversight of both matters. The Unitary constitution allows a far more flexible approach to church structures; a clearer, better informed and faster decision-making structure; greater responsibility and independence given to committees and groups; little risk of duplication of decisions; fewer meetings for many members of the groups; the ability to promote a clearer sense of direction for the overall strategy of Zetland at this time; the provision of more time in Kirk Session meetings to devote to spiritual matters, group discussion! The ability to retire or take a sabbatical from duties, which would hopefully bring a new enthusiasm and vision, after having taken a break in which time there would be time for prayer, reflection and/or training and the involvement of the congregation, in ways which they enjoy, making them feel involved  and appreciated.

Possible Problems to be Aware Of;

Balance the agenda so finance and fabric do not overshadow other important matters, eg. worship, mission, pastoral care.

The loss of the Congregational Board. However, it is important we do not lose the commitment and skill of the faithful members. Over the years Kirk session meetings have become a lot more open and anyone can attend and be part of it, and should be encouraged as it gives greater accountability of the Kirk session to the congregation.

 

A Possible Proposed Shape at Zetland Parish Church under The Unitary Form of Constitution:

In order to best appreciate the Unitary Form of Constitution, it is easiest to describe how it could be implemented for our situation in Zetland.

Kirk Session

Co-Ordinating Group– including convenors of Groups of the following

                                    Resource Group           Mission group           Pastoral Group          Worship Group

Members of the congregation who are not elders will still have the opportunity to serve on the Groups at the annual meeting of the congregation or be co-opted afterwards, allowing members of the congregation to serve all aspects of church life, not simply finance and property and still feel able to attend Kirk Session meetings. Whilst it is technically the case that only elders will have a vote at Kirk Session meetings the opinions of those serving on Groups will be listened to. Any major decisions affecting our church (for example the constitution of our church) will be taken to a congregational meeting so everyone can have their say.

The Kirk Session:

The Kirk Session would continue to have oversight of the whole life and service of Zetland; with responsibility for the spiritual and temporal oversight of the affairs of the congregation. In accordance with church law, Kirk Session meetings would be open to all members of the congregation. There would be an opportunity for any member of the congregation to speak, however final decisions would remain in the hands of the elders.

The Kirk Session would continue to be moderated by the Minister.

The Session Clerk would still be responsible for the orderly keeping of records of the Kirk Session, including keeping the minutes in proper form, for issuing extract minutes, and for dealing with all correspondence.

 

Elders’ Districts

The need for an elder to cover each district should not be the sole criterion in deciding the number of elders required. Modern practice favours more attention being given to an individual’s special gifts and it shouldn’t be assumed that these include pastoral visiting. As Kirk Session has the duty of making arrangements for pastoral districts, it could be that one or more people are appointed for oversight of a district, who need not be elders- one suggestion is that districts may be larger or grouped according to need or similarities, perhaps, but served by a team who have gifts suitable to pastoral visiting, rather than by one person. Elders who have particular pastoral gifts could form a team to give extra care to the housebound and hospitalised. Creative thinking will need to be used to meet the real needs of the Grangemouth parish. If we’re honest we can identify and use the gifts of the elders, therefore a change in the district organisation would reduce the pressure to find elders to cover the districts. and involves other people (eg those who actually enjoy visiting.)

 

The Coordinating Group:

The introduction of a Coordinating Group follows the pattern of a business committee for the Kirk session, (similar to presbytery) which looks at group reports and devise an agenda for the meeting. The Coordinating Group would be moderated by the Session Clerk. A member of the group could be appointed as Secretary to take minutes. The Coordinating Group would comprise the Minister, Session Clerk, Convenors of Groups, and any other co-opted members.

Groups

The Groups are where the bulk of the work of Zetland will happen. They will comprise- elders, present Board members and members of the congregation. It would be recommended that each Group has a Convenor and Vice-Convenor (to call a meeting if the Convenor is not available). It would also be recommended that someone in each Group acts as Secretary to take a minute of each meeting and to prepare the report to the Kirk Session in coordination with the Convenor of the Group.

 

Method of Working:

Currently reports are made orally at meetings, whether at Kirk Session or the Congregational Board; Reports would be written and circulated prior to meetings. In addition, the minutes of the Kirk Session would be made widely accessible to the congregation and therefore make the Kirk session more accountable to the people it serves.

The model proposed is the same as that adopted by other congregations who have moved to the Unitary Form of Constitution. It is similar to the method of working of Presbytery.

 

Conclusion:

We are moving forward as a congregation and this document is, but one way of ensuring that discussion is held within the leadership of the church about the best way forward. It is hoped this document will help outline our role as trustees of the charity and how best we can ensure that everything we do is able to be held up to scrutiny and, as trustees, we would be able to abide by the decisions that were made on our behalf. Please come along to the meeting in the Sanctuary on Sunday 28th November after Service ready to discuss this document and help shape the future of our leadership within Zetland.

 

7th November 2021

On Monday 8th November at 7.00pm the Kirk Session and Congregational Board will meet on Zoom. Please contact Alison for log in details.

 

The Church gardens are looking very colourful for Remembrance with lovely red poppy’s. Thanks to Jeanette and her helpers for ‘planting’ the poppy’s.

 

Film Night at Zetland will resume in the very near future!

Watch this space for “It’s a boy” in Advent.

 

Wiper’s Wanted!  It would be great if we could have some help to wipe down ‘touch points’ in the Church after morning service to enable:

5th December – The Annual Memorial Service.

12th December – The Choir Cantata.

19th December – Night Church.

If you can help please contact Alison or Woody,

 

7th November 2021

Sunday 14th November – Remembrance Sunday @ 10.30am led by Alison and Susan.

The theme of the service will be “I wonder about life after death”

There will be a Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph following the Service. It may be held behind the Cenotaph and space may be limited but at the moment details are still unclear. 

If you would like to volunteer to read on Sundays please let Alison know.

The Sunday School will meet in the Church Hall and Teas & Coffee’s will be served after Sunday Service.

1st November 2021

Sunday Service:

Next service will be on Sunday 7th November – Hope & Peace Service of Worship led by Alison and Susan

Following recent reports in the media regarding concerns of the Covid infection rates likely increasing during the winter months and to ensure the safety of our congregation, our Track & Trace system will be reintroduced at Sunday Service from 7th November and will continue for the foreseeable future. Checking in at Church will be either QR codes via your mobile phone, writing your contact details on a slip of paper and putting it into an envelope held by the Door Duty team or by registering at the Track & Trace Desk.

 This may mean, that it will take more time to come into church, and so we encourage everyone to come along a little earlier so you don’t miss your quiet time for reflection.

1st November 2021

Kirk Session/Congregational Board Meeting – Monday 8th November

The Church Covid team are aware that some members of Kirk Session and Congregational Board are unable to attend an in-person Kirk Session/ Congregational Board meeting for a variety of reasons, and so the team suggests that to be inclusive, we maintain the Zoom meetings until the beginning of the New Year. 

 

30th October 2021

As cleaning of the Church has now been done, on Sunday 31st October at 10.30am, Worship will be led by Alison and Susan and the theme is ‘I Wonder About The Miracles In The Bible?’

The Sunday School will meet in the Church Hall and Teas & Coffee’s will be served after Sunday Service.

26th October 2021

Positive Case of Covid-19

 

We can confirm that someone who has been in the church building has tested positive for Covid-19. The individual has been asked to inform NHS Test and Protect of their attendance at the church building in order that effective contact tracing may take place. 

We would wish to reassure you that we have in place all the recommended infection prevention and control measures and a thorough cleaning programme for our church building.

 

It remains important to remember that mixing socially in the community without maintaining physical distancing measures helps the virus to spread widely. It is therefore important that people remain vigilant and follow the guidance from the Scottish Government to keep a physical distance from those in other households as well as wear face coverings wherever possible. Individuals should continue to wash their hands thoroughly and regularly using soap and water for 20 seconds. 

 

The Scottish Government are actively encouraging everyone to undertake two Lateral Flow tests a week even if they do not display Covid-19 symptoms. We recommend that you follow this advice and home testing kits are available from most local community pharmacies or online at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

Individuals who experience any Covid-19 symptoms such as a cough, fever or loss of taste or smell, even if they are mild, should stay isolate immediately and get tested. Information on how to access testing is available at: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

 

If you have any questions about coronavirus please visit www.nhsinform.scot in the first instance, or call the helpline on 0800 028 2816.”

 

The Church building will be closed until the building is cleaned and ventilated.

The Stitcher’s meeting and the Boys Brigade meetings due today have been cancelled.

 

 

25th October 2021

We have received an update from Ruth Webster who will be heading back to Nepal shortly.

To read Ruth’s latest update please click on the “Ruth in Nepal” tab at the top of this page.

Many thanks to Elspeth for sharing this information with us.

24th October 2021

On Sunday 31st October at 10.30am, Worship will be led by Alison and Susan and the theme is ‘I Wonder About The Miracles In The Bible?’

The Sunday School will meet in the Church Hall and Teas & Coffee’s will be served after Sunday Service.

 

20th October 2021

Sunday school for children age 3 years to 12 years old resumes in Zetland Church Hall at 10.30 am on Sunday 24th October.

We look forward to seeing you all back. You are very welcome to bring along a friend with you too!.

 

 

17th October 2021

On Sunday 24th October, Worship will be led by Alison and Susan. The theme of the sermon will be “I wonder about God’s will for my life”

If you would like to volunteer to read on Sunday’s please let Alison know.

 

17th October 2021

Tea’s & Coffee’s are now being served after Church Service on Sundays. Track & Trace details are required to enter the Church Hall and once seated face coverings can be removed. It is also possible to stand and drink tea or coffee without wearing a face covering, however if moving around the Church Hall to go to toilets or leave the Hall etc, face covering’s must be worn.

 

The Stitcher’s next meeting is in the Church Hall on Tuesday 26th October between 2 till 4pm. If you would like to join please come along for a chat and ask for Joan.

 

 

The Boy’s Brigade’s next meeting is on Tuesday 19th October at 6.30pm in the Church Hall. All are welcome and if you would like to join please come along on the Tuesday night.

Bible Study & Quiz Night meets weekly on Zoom on a Wednesday at 7pm. If you would like to join in and meet up with others for a time of fun and discussion please contact Alison for log in details.

National Day of Giving – £500 was raised at our National Day of Giving for Zetland Parish Church and Strathcarron Hospice. Thank you to all who gave so generously.

Grangemouth Churches Update: The Ministers and Session Clerks continue to meet regularly to discuss the future of how we progress to one Church in Grangemouth – at the moment we are creating a time-line for various actions/changes.

At the last United Kirk Session/Congregational Board meeting there were less that 25% of Church Elder’s in attendance across the three congregations. Some Church members attended the meeting. The next meeting will be on  Wednesday 1st December at 7pm. Venue to be decided.

Clothing Appeal: Please remember that we are still taking clothing etc for others. Please bring along any bags to The Manse. Thank you to those who support this appeal.

CD’s of Sunday Service: CD’s are available of Sunday Service. If you or you know of anyone who would like a CD recording of Sunday Service please contact either Adam or Alison.

 

14th October 2021

Sunday 17th October @ 10.30am –  Worship will be led by Alison. The sermon question will be “I wonder why my prayers seem to go unanswered” The Service will also ha a ‘Safeguarding theme’ and if you would like to read on Sundays please let Alison know.

3rd October 2021

Sincere thanks to those who met to clean the Church and replace the pew cushions.

Also, a big thanks to our cleaning team who have given their time, service and support during time of Covid, it is much appreciated and the volunteers have now been stood down. 

3rd October 2021

Choir practice has resumed on Thursday evenings in the Church. If you would like to join please come along or contact Brian.

3rd October 2021

The Stitcher’s are restarting on Tuesday 12th October 2021 in the Church Hall between 2pm to 4pm. If you would like to join you are welcome to come along for a chat or contact Joan. Covid restrictions still apply – wear face covering, sanitise hands on entry & exit and you are required to either supply your details or use QR code for Track & Trace purposes.

 

28th September 2021

Harvest Thanksgiving Service: This service will take place on Sunday 3rd October. Monetary offerings will be shared between the Zetland Church and Strathcarron Hospice. Any food donations will be given to the KCP for distribution.

 

27th September 2021

Social Distancing in Church

As the legal requirement of social distancing in Churches has now been removed by the Scottish Government we have decided to move form 1 metre distancing to zero distancing from Sunday 3rd October 2021.

We are still aware that the Covid virus remains a threat and care still needs to be taken therefore we would politely remind everyone to be considerate of the fact that people may wish to remain cautious and maintain space around them.

At the moment only the pulpit pews and the centre pews will be in use and you can sit anywhere you choose in these two areas. The balcony and the south side pews are still corded off meantime to assist cleaning duties.

Track & Trace in Church

 The regulation to keep Track & Trace details of those attending worship in the Church has been removed by the Scottish Government therefore we will no longer be collecting contact details at a Sunday Service from Sunday 3rd October.

 A Track & Trace system is still required in the Church Hall due to our hospitality facility – teas and coffee’s.

Pew Cushions

It is planned to refit the pew cushions on Tuesday 28th September after the Church cleaning team has cleaned the pews therefore the seating should be a bit more comfy from Sunday 3rd October. ?

One Way System

The one way system and the assisted exiting of the Church will continue in the meantime as this helps to minimise congestion in the aisles.

27th September 2021

 

7th September 2021

Further to Woody’s intimation that he read out in Church on Sunday and following the Covid Team meeting after Sunday Service the undernoted changes can now be made following the recent relaxing of the Covid guidance from the Scottish Government.

The text in italics is the current Scottish Government guidance which was updated on 27th August.

 

Physical Distancing in Church:

“The law no longer mandates physical distancing in Church buildings”.

We spoke of our concerns regarding the very high, new Covid infection figures in Scotland, also people that we know personally who has and has had Covid as well as the number of seats available for worshippers compared to our recent attendance figures.

We came to the conclusion to remain at 1 metre distancing in our Church for the next 2 or 3 weeks to see how Covid figures in Scotland go and then have a review on the 1 metre distancing layout in Church.

Current Track & Trace, entry and exit systems and the one way system will also continue

 

Physical Distancing in The Hall:

The current Church Hall capacity will be increased from the current 20 people to 50 people.

Although physical distancing is no longer required in the Church Hall, we would politely remind everyone to be considerate of the fact that people may wish to remain cautious and maintain space around them.

We are still aware that the Covid virus remains a threat and care still needs to be taken

 

Teas/Coffees after Service:

We hope to reintroduce this in approximately 3 weeks’ time. Current guidance is that tea/coffee will have to be by table service.

 

 Choir:

Choirs and bands can perform without a face covering (but only with 1 metre distancing or a partition between other performers/audience in place) but you should wear a face covering if singing as part of a congregation.”

It is intended that the Choir will return to Church on Sunday 12th September and Choir practice will also return to being held in the Church from Thursday 9th September.

 

Church Gardens

The Scottish Government restrictions regarding the number of people meeting in outdoor locations as been lifted. Worshipers are now welcome to mingle and chat with friends in the Church gardens rather than having to go out onto the pavement.

 

Future Guidance

Earlier today, Tuesday 7th September, we received an email from the Church of Scotland saying that their updated Covid guidance will be published on Friday 10th September. If there are any further changes to the current guidance we will let you know.

Zetland Covid Team

7th September 2021

 

 

5th September 2021

Church will be open on Sunday 12th September for Worship at 10.30am and the service will be by John Haston.

The Track & Trace system will still be in operation and you are encouraged to use the QR system to check in to Church using your mobile phone. There are three QR code posters at the entrance to Church and two at the exit.

If you are unable to use QR codes could you please write your name and phone number down on a piece of paper and put it in the envelope/box that the Door Duty team will have.

If you can use either of these two methods to comply with our Track & Trace responsibilities it makes it much quicker for people to enter the Church.

If you cannot manage any of these two methods we will still have a Track & Trace record sheet available and your details can be noted on the day.

The one way system will still be in operation too and the Church will be vacated in the manner that we currently use.

 

3rd September 2021

Boys Brigade starting back!

The Boys Brigade are meeting for the first time since the Covid pandemic started. They are meeting in the Church Hall on Tuesday night, 7th September @ 6.30pm  – contact Margaret for details.

 

3rd September 2021

Church will be open on Sunday 5th September for the Sacrament of Holy Communion at 10.30am and the service will by John Haston.

Please bring along your own elements for Communion.

The Track & Trace system will still be in operation and you are encouraged to use the QR system to check in to Church using your mobile phone. There are three QR code posters at the entrance to Church and two at the exit.

If you are unable to use QR codes could you please write your name and phone number down on a piece of paper and put it in the envelope/box that the Door Duty people will have.

If you can use either of these two methods to comply with our Track & Trace responsibilities it makes it much quicker for people to enter the Church. If you cannot manage any of these two methods we will still have a Track & Trace record sheet available and your details can be noted on the day.

The one way system will still be in operation too and the Church will be vacated in the manner that we currently use.

22nd August 2021

Church will be open on Sunday 29th August for Worship at 10.30am and the service will be by John Haston.

There is no longer any need to phone to book a seat in Church as we have now moved to 1 metre distancing in Church and you are also welcome to choose where you sit in the Pulpit Pews or the Center Pews. 

The Track & Trace system will still be in operation and you are encouraged to use the QR system to check in to Church using your mobile phone. There are three QR code posters at the entrance to Church and two at the exit.

If you are unable to use QR codes could you please write your name and phone number down on a piece of paper and put it in the envelope/box that the Door Duty people will have.

If you can use either of these two methods to comply with our Track & Trace responsibilities it makes it much quicker for people to enter the Church. If you cannot manage any of these two methods we will still have a Track & Trace record sheet available and your details can be noted on the day.

The one way system will still be in operation too and the Church will be vacated in the manner that we currently use.

 

17th August 2021

Church will be open on Sunday 22nd August for Worship at 10.30am and the service will be by the Rev Dr. Christine Clark from Edinburgh.

There is no longer any need to phone to book a seat in Church as we have now moved to 1 metre distancing in Church and you are also welcome to choose where you sit in the Pulpit pews or the center pews. 

The Track & Trace system will still be in operation and you are encouraged to use the QR system to check in to Church using your mobile phone. There are three QR code posters at the entrance to Church and two at the exit.

If you are unable to use QR codes could you please write your name and phone number down on a piece of paper and put it in the envelope/box that the Door Duty people will have.

If you can use either of these two methods to comply with our Track & Trace responsibilities it makes it much quicker for people to enter the Church. If you cannot manage any of these two methods we will still have a Track & Trace record sheet available and your details can be noted on the day.

The one way system will still be in operation too and the Church will be vacated in the manner that we currently use.

 

13th August 2021

August 2021 Letter from the Manse.

Hello,

It’s a while since I have been able to safely communicate with you, by letter. I do hope you have received earlier letters and phone calls from your elder, and may have been able to keep up-to-date from the church website, youtube and/or facebook page? I hope sincerely and pray this letter finds you feeling relieved that some kind of normality is returning to life, although some of you may have known some changes physically and emotionally? Give me a call, please?

We have all been affected by covid in some way. Even now, we can still be “pinged” as Hugh and I were last week. I’m sure some of you have been cautiously escaping from your homes, others have still to venture out; some have returned to worship in the church building with all the restrictions, others still watch online. But during this whole trying and difficult time, many have held onto their faith, knowing God is with them at all times, and have enjoyed returning to worship in-person, even although we sing behind our masks.

This week Zetland church will see a return to, not booking a seat, 1m distancing, still singing with masks on, one-way system, as we await the Scottish Governments guidelines for places of worship (maybe by Aug 30th!) Although life seems to be kind of normal, it isn’t for the church. Sadly, some of our friends have passed away over the past 18 months and so there will be spaces in church, where there weren’t any before. And we miss them. I can envisage their faces, their comments, their presence. I’m sure you do and will too?

In Peter 5:7, it says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” I know many of you are lonely, as the isolation, restrictions and fear have continued, beyond our initial thoughts. If this is you- please give me a call. From scripture, we know; Man wasn’t made to be alone. It wasn’t good for Adam, nor anyone. If you watch worship and there have been a great variety of services over the past months, maybe you felt as if you were in church? But as much as we miss our hard pews- don’t idolize our sanctuary. Our building isn’t the (C)hurch. It’s the (c)hurch. For you are the Church.

Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another,” This passage mentions a basic sense of ???????? (fellowship or communion) giving the idea of physical gathering and sharing; of giving a grieving friend a hug, laying your hand on someone’s shoulder as you pray with them, they are all part of the physical nature of being The Church. Even Paul longed to be with the churches, not just spiritually but physically. I’m excited to sing Psalm 122 once again – I rejoiced when I heard them say, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

I miss our church family. I walk into the (c)hurch building, but don’t see or hear you all. I miss praying with and for you, hearing what’s happening in your lives. I miss seeing your tears of laughter, and being privileged to share the ups and downs of life. I miss the sounds of our young people laughing, or kneeling next to you, praying for you at home or in hospital. What do you miss?

I hope you will return to worship soon and very soon, but until then, try to come onto our zoom coffee and chat on your laptop/or by phone, and/or the quiz and Bible Study- please join?

Now is our opportunity to love one another as we join together again, with a difference. Now is your opportunity to love with intentionality. Psalm [37:4] said, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” I pray we can all re-unite in the very near future, to worship and serve our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. I’m sure you know this, but I do pray for you all.                                                                                                                                                                                    In Christ, Alison

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Statement from the Grangemouth Ministers and Session Clerks- Aug 10th 2021

During the pandemic, it has been difficult to communicate with you all as congregations regarding the future of the Church of Scotland in Grangemouth.

This is just a little note to say that following the General Assembly in May, the Agreed Presbytery Plan for 1 congregation in Grangemouth with 1 minister was sisted (stopped). This does not mean the plan won’t happen, but just that it won’t happen imminently. The 3 ministers will be working together, and aim to draw up a Basis of Team Ministry, which will prepare for the way forward.

The General Assembly in May 2021 passed a new Act called the Presbytery Mission Plan Act, requiring Presbyteries to bring a new plan to Presbytery by Dec 2022. Therefore although the process has begun, the planned outcome of 1 minister and 1 building will not happen soon- mainly due to all presbytery plans being sisted; all vacancies after Dec 2021 being sisted to allow for more radical plans! Falkirk Presbytery started this task with the agreed plan in 2020. Please do not listen to any rumours you hear.

However, that doesn’t mean we stop seeking ways to worship and work together, and so the ministers and session clerks of the 3 congregations have agreed there should be another united meeting on Sept 22nd. The venue has still to be decided, depending on covid restrictions.

The ministers and session clerks have been meeting regularly during the pandemic, to discuss how it will be possible to move forward and so we do hope and pray that you, our members, will come along to this meeting, as the future involves you. Before Covid, members of the kirk sessions and congregations met, and so we hope this meeting will bring us all back together.

13th August 2021

Below is part of an email that we received on 12th August from the Covid 19 team at 121 George Street:

“On the broader front you will have noticed that we have not yet updated the Church’s guidance material after the changes introduced by the Scottish Government as we moved beyond Level O.  We are waiting for the Scottish Government to update their website guidance so that we can offer you an accurate steer on what we can and cannot, may or may not do outside the Levels system. We have been assured that the Scottish Government  website will be updated within the week and it will then take us a few days to work on our own guidance.

Clearly there will be more developments in the weeks that lie ahead and we will try to keep up – please be patient!” 

8th August 2021

Church will be open on Sunday, 15th August, for Worship at 10.30am

There is no longer any need to phone to book a seat in Church as we are now moving to 1 metre distancing in Church and you are also welcome to choose where you sit.

The Track & Trace system will still be in operation and you are encouraged to use the QR system to check in to Church using your mobile phone. There are three QR code posters at the entrance to Church and two at the exit.

If you are unable to use QR codes could you please write your name and phone number down on a piece of paper and put it in the envelope/box that the Door Duty people will have.

The one way system will still be in operation too and the Church will be vacated in the manner that we currently use.

 

3rd August 2021

The Church Artefacts page has been updated with a few historical documents relating to the Willis organ and two of our previous ministers, Rev. David Spowart and Rev. James Gibson. Many thanks to our Church member who kindly passed these documents on to us to allow us to share these documents with you.

If you would like to share any historical documents with us to enable us to scan them and publish them online on our Church website please get in touch with us on zetlandpc@gmail.com All documents will be returned after scanning.

 

1st August 2021

Diary Dates for August:

 * denotes contact Alison for zoom details

Tues 3rd -10-12noon; Big Breakfast for kids at KCP.

Wed 4th 10-12noon; Big Breakfast for kids at KCP. Funeral service for Flora Park at 11.30 am in the Church. 

      2pm; Coffee and Chat on zoom*

Thurs 5th at 7pm; Bible Study and Quiz at 7pm on zoom.

Sunday 8th at 10.30am ; Worship led by Alison. Please book your place

Mon 9th at 7pm; Kirk Session and C Board meet on zoom at 7pm*

Tues 10th; 10-12noon; Big Breakfast for kids at KCP.  Future Church – Friends in Faith gathering at 7pm. Venue to be arranged.

Wed 11th 10-12noon; Big Breakfast for kids at KCP.

      2pm; Coffee and Chat on zoom*

Thurs 12th at 7pm; No Bible Study and Quiz, as the Ordination of Philip Hacking will be online on Falkirk Presbytery facebook page and website.

Sunday 15th at 10.30am ; Pulpit Exchange in Grangemouth. 

Praise in the Park at 2pm.

From Monday 16th, Alison will be on Study Leave to Sept 13th.

Wed 18th at 2pm; Coffee and Chat on zoom*

Thurs 19th at 7pm; Quiz with John Haston at 7pm on zoom*

Sunday 22nd at 10.30am ; Worship led by Dawn Westwood (student for ministry)

Wed 25th at 2pm; Coffee and Chat on zoom*

Thurs 26th at 7pm; Quiz at 7pm on zoom*

Sunday 29th at 10.30am; Worship led by John Haston