7th April 2020
Zetland Church Facebook – Live
Zetland Facebook will host live services on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th April at 7.00pm
On Maundy Thursday, please have some food and a drink to share online in the sacrament of Holy Communion.
There will be further posts etc each day.
7th April 2020
Our Sunday School Teachers have been keeping themselves busy during the Coronavirus outbreak! 🙂
27th March 2020:
A message today from our minister, Alison on the Church Facebook page:
The Moderator’s Reflection:
Every day from 10am, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, will be leading a short reflection live on his Facebook page:
24th March 2020: Notice for Our Congregation:
Good morning everyone,
It is with deep sadness that we have to close our churches completely from today to encourage people to stay safe and stay at home to pray as advised by the prime minister.
The building will no longer be open even for private prayer until further notice.
This includes the daily time of prayer and night church.
I hope you all stay safe and I am wondering what I can do to communicate with those who don’t have access to internet or Facebook. I gave hard copies of a service to 2 members at the weekend who asked for this. But now that isn’t possible. Answers on a postcard please!!! Well post answers here or give me a call?
March 22; Worship wherever you are.
Welcome to worship! It is good to remember that wherever we gather, there is God.
At home, alone or with your family, we are united in spirit.
You may use these thoughts, prayers, bible readings and hymn words at a time and place that suits you. You may share freely with friends and neighbours.
Today’s reflections are centred around the words of the hymn, “What a Friend we Have in Jesus”, and from St. John’s gospel, chapter 9 1-12.
What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit, oh, what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!
What a privilege it is, to be able to bring our concerns to God in prayer.
As we gather today, cast your mind back through this week…
What troubled you? Name it. What cheered you? Name it.
What do you now regret? Name it. What would you do differently? Name it.
Prayer; Precious Holy, as we name before you, things that trouble, things that cheered;
As we name before you our regrets and remorse; We seek you comfort, we seek your grace, Forgive us we pray And refresh our souls, as we pray:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name. thy kingdom come, they will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, now and forever more, Amen
Have we trials and temptations, is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged: take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful, who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness: take it to the Lord in prayer.
Read John 9: 1-12
The healing of the man born blind.
The disciples wondered, what caused the man’s blindness? His sin? Or his parents’?
It is tempting today to wonder if God has sent our current predicament.
To which I say – NO!!!!
For I truly believe things happen, and God is with us, with all humanity, in that.
God is good. God is love and compassion.
In this time of trial and trouble, we can hand it over to God in prayer; we can ask God to help doctors and nurses; researchers and scientist.
We can remember Jesus’ compassion and love and willingness to come alongside those who were marginalised and outcast, helping them to feel acceptance like never before.
If you are unsure; if you have doubts; remember you are in good company. Even the disciples who witnessed Jesus healing and miracles doubted.
Even those who saw with their own eyes the man born blind with sight restored doubted: “they said to each other, ‘no it’s not him; it’s just someone who looked like him…’”
Are we weak and heavy-laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Jesus is our only refuge: take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.
In these strange and uncertain days, three things remain, faith, hope and love.
We all know the greatest of these is love.
However you are feeling today, and in the days to come, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Know that you are loved; you are prayed for. Know that Jesus is our refuge
Know that Jesus hears you . Know that you can find comfort in Jesus
And that even though we are apart – we are together in prayer and spirit.
Rev Alison Meikle
20th March 2020:
Worship Live Streaming/YouTube: Worship will be live-streamed from KHR at 11am on Zetland Facebook page on Sunday 22nd March.
And will also be Grangemouth Churches live on YouTube. All you need to do is subscribe. YouTube link – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-2t9XbLqSNGNRl1U4TdjPA You may have to copy and paste this address into your browser.
If you know anyone who doesn’t have access to social media or computer, who would like to know what has been said , please let Alison know.
Church Open for Prayer: The following church buildings will be open for prayer and reflection between 11-12noon on the following days.
Please come in via the hall door at Zetland, where you can wash your hands in the disabled toilet. You can sit 2 metres from anyone else quite easily!
And you can leave by the front door. All doors will be open so there is no need to touch handles. Hope that is reassuring.
Tue – St Mary’s
19th March 2020: A video update from our Minister, Alison. https://m.facebook.com/Zetlandchurchgrangemouth/ You may have to copy and paste this address into your web browser.
Church of Scotland – Grangemouth Churches, 17 March 2020
Coronavirus and the Church
As you are no doubt aware these are unprecedented times with the various restrictions arising from Coronavirus (also known as Covid-19), and now with the suspension of all worship services it is even more important that we take care of each other.
We shall be looking at ways in which we can continue to spread God’s word meantime.
It may transpire that you may need to self-isolate and the church is concerned for any spiritual or physical needs you may have during this time.
Should you find yourself in need of support please do not hesitate to contact your minister, or in their absence, indeed any of the Church of Scotland ministers listed below.
None of us know what the immediate future brings but with God’s help and the assistance of everyone in the church family we can overcome many difficulties.
Yours in Christ’s name,
Rev Alison Meikle telephone 01324 336729
Rev Aftab Gohar telephone 01324 482109
Rev Ronald Matandakufa 01324 337885
In all cases it is our prayer that you stay safe and well.
17th March 2020: An update issued earlier this evening by The Church of Scotland, 121 George Street, Edinburgh:
Church of Scotland – Covid-19 Briefing 17th March 2020 – Cancellation of Services and other information
The Church’s Covid-19 Task Group met this morning, and considered the most recent advice from the Scottish Government, issued on the evening of Monday 16th March, available here. This information from the Scottish Government takes precedence over the briefing note issued by myself at 17:53 on 16th March 2020.
The Scottish Government advised that people should minimise social contact by avoiding crowded areas and large gatherings, including religious congregations, and smaller gatherings, listing areas which were of concern.
Worship – Cancellation of Worship Services
In the light of the above, the Church of Scotland Task Group has agreed to ask, in the strongest terms, that all gatherings for worship should cease until further notice, with effect from Wednesday 17th March 2020, or earlier if possible. Other Scottish Churches are taking similar actions. This obviously includes Easter services. Some Presbyteries have already instructed this action. This will include, but not be restricted to, housegroups, meetings for youth work, and church cafes. It will still be possible for an individual to offer a livestreaming of a sermon and prayers. Further information on livestreaming, including information on copyright, can be found in this circular on the Law Department’s webpages here. Sunday broadcasts of a weekly service take place on Radio 4, and also on Radio Scotland; other radio stations are available.
Church buildings can be kept open as a place for people to come and pray. Notices should be clearly displayed asking that visitors observe robust hand hygiene, including washing their hands on entry to the church.
The Moderator, the Right Reverend Colin Sinclair, has, along with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and other church leaders, have issued a call for a National Day of Prayer; more details here.
The Task Group is aware that closing down worship services will impact on congregational income, and we’d want to encourage people to continue contributing financially as far as possible, and to encourage the increased use of standing orders as an expression of ongoing stewardship.
Funerals The key phrase here is to minimise social contact. Sensitive conversations will need to take place with families and mourners ahead of funeral ceremonies, and to consider the size of groups gathering for funerals. It may be necessary in the future to consider whether funerals should be restricted exclusively to minister, immediate family, and funeral directors. In addition, local guidance from funeral directors and crematorium staff will be critical here. It should be noted that many crematoria have the facility to livestream services and to host a recording of services for a period of time after the cremation service.
For weddings, the advice offered in the briefing note of 12th March 2020 remains unchanged; certain venues will be restricting attendance, and it may be that couples have to work through what changes have to made, including in some cases rearranging. Travel restrictions on travel into the UK will also have an effect on guests at weddings. Again, sensitive conversations will be the order of the day.
Pastoral Care Networks
Please find attached a guidance note from the Church’s Safeguarding Department with some useful guidance about setting up small pastoral care networks with a practical outcome. This guidance note contains a postcard which may be useful There are some good ideas here about small groups; such groups can mitigate social isolation, and help people to continue to feel that they are part of the wider community of faith. Previous advice about using tools such as Skype, email, letters, greetings cards, Facetime, and Whatsapp groups are all useful approaches and some of these are particularly helpful where people don’t use technology.
The decision has been taken in the light of Scottish Government advice to cancel the General Assembly of May 2020. The Office of the General Assembly will be in touch with commissioners separately.
The above is offered in the light of current information, and is of course subject to further public health guidance and directives from the Scottish Government. The above has taken some time and care to compile, and at this stage we apologise for not being able to respond to every email.
Task Group Members
The Task Group Members are:
the Rev Dr George Whyte, Principal Clerk;
Dave Kendall, Chief Officer;
Catherine Skinner, Strategic Programmes Officer;
Ruth MacLeod, Head of Communications;
Mary MacLeod, Solicitor of the Church;
Liam Fennell, Head of Facilities;
Elaine McCloghry, Head of HR;
the Rev Angus R. Mathieson, Interim Head of Faith Nurture.
Angus Mathieson (Rev)
Interim Head, Faith Nurture
Church of Scotland
121 George Street
17th March 2020: An update issued this afternoon on The Church of Scotland Facebook Page: “Cancellation of Worship Services:
We are asking that all gatherings for worship should cease until further notice, with effect from today (Wednesday 18th March 2020). This includes all Easter services. Some Presbyteries have already instructed this action. This will include, but not be restricted to, housegroups, meetings for youth work, and church cafes. It will still be possible for an individual to offer a livestreaming of a sermon and prayers. Sunday broadcasts of a weekly service take place on Radio 4, and also on Radio Scotland; other radio stations are available.”
15th March 2020: All group meetings have been cancelled until further notice ie; Baby Group, Toddlers Groups, Sunday School, Girl’s Brigade, Boy’s Brigade, Stitchers, The Guild, The Choir, The Gardening Club and the Congregational Board Meeting due to Coronavirus concerns.
At the moment Worship next Sunday (22nd March) is still planned to go ahead but this may change during the week so keep checking back here for updates.
14th March 2020: Baby Group and all Toddler Groups have been suspended for the next two weeks.
Morning Service tomorrow morning (Sunday) as per usual.
We are regularly checking the Church of Scotland website for up to date advice for congregations and will update this page as required.