Welcome

 

15th May 2022

On Sunday 22nd May morning worship will commence at 10.30am and be led by Alison and Susan.

The Sunday School will meet in the Church Hall at 10.30am

Church Magazine: The latest Church magazine will be available for uplift by Church Elder’s on Sunday 22nd May, The magazine’s will be placed on the first pew on the south side pews for collection.

Car Parking: Parking spaces at the side of the Church Manse are for those with mobility issues only please.

Tea & Coffee will be available after service.

Church Flowers: Thank you to Helen B. and Annette W. who have volunteered to help with the Church flowers. If your name was on the rota previously or your would like to add your name to donate flowers/money for flowers to be distributed to Church members, please speak to Helen at this time. They aim for two bunches of flowers, costing £30 resuming on 15th May.

The first of the bunches of real fresh flowers were displayed in Church this morning and were well admired by many people:

 

             

Foodbank – The foodbank is in great need of unbranded foodstuffs and groceries but not toothpaste at the moment. If you would like to donate, please bring along any groceries to the Church.

Queen’s Jubilee: Karen H. and her team are preparing to send a little picnic to our over 85’s in the congregation on Saturday 4th June.If you would like to assist with the deliveries of the picnics please let Karen know. Thank you.

Praise Service on Sunday 19th June: Teas & Coffees will be available in the Sanctuary afterwards. If you would like to help with this please speak to Alison, Diane or June. Please bring your friends along to this service. If you would like a particularly upbeat hymn for this service please let Alison or Brian know.

Queens’s Jubilee In The Park: On Sunday 5th June at 2pm the Churches of Grangemouth are holding a celebration in Zetland Park. We hope that you will come along and wear something red, white or blue and bring along a picnic. We reckon that the weather is going to be great :-

Ukraine: Please continue to pray for all those associated with the people of Ukraine.

Covid: The wearing of face coverings is no longer compulsory and it is now an individual choice if you wish to continue wearing a face covering in Church and you are very welcome to do so if you so choose.

Hand Sanitiser; Hand sanitiser will still be available at church entrances.

Ventilation: Due to the increased air flow in the Sanctuary for Covid ventilation reasons, please be prepared to put on additional clothing while attending Church.

 

9th May 2022

On Sunday 15th May morning worship will commence at 10.30am and be led by Alison and Susan. The service will focus on Christian Aid’s work in Zimbabwe and there will be a retirement offering in aid of Christian Aid.

The Sunday School will meet in the Church Hall at 10.30am

Car Parking: Parking spaces at the side of the Church Manse are for those with mobility issues only please.

Tea & Coffee will be available after service.

Church Flowers: Thank you to Helen B. and Annette W. who have volunteered to help with the Church flowers. If your name was on the rota previously or your would like to add your name to donate flowers/money for flowers to be distributed to Church members, please speak to Helen at this time. They aim for two bunches of flowers, costing £30 resuming on 15th May.

Foodbank – The foodbank is in great need of unbranded foodstuffs and groceries but not toothpaste at the moment. If you would like to donate, please bring along any groceries to the Church.

Queen’s Jubilee: Karen H. and her team are preparing to send a little picnic to our over 85’s in the congregation on Saturday 4th June.If you would like to assist with the deliveries of the picnics please let Karen know. Thank you.

Praise Service on Sunday 19th June: Teas & Coffees will be available in the Sanctuary afterwards. If you would like to help with this please speak to Alison, Diane or June. Please bring your friends along to this service. If you would like a particularly upbeat hymn for this service please let Alison or Brian know.

Queens’s Jubilee In The Park: On Sunday 5th June at 2pm the Churches of Grangemouth are holding a celebration in Zetland Park. We hope that you will come along and wear something red, white or blue and bring along a picnic. We reckon that the weather is going to be great :-

Ukraine: Please continue to pray for all those associated with the people of Ukraine.

Covid: The wearing of face coverings is no longer compulsory and it is now an individual choice if you wish to continue wearing a face covering in Church and you are very welcome to do so if you so choose.

Hand Sanitiser; Hand sanitiser will still be available at church entrances.

Ventilation: Due to the increased air flow in the Sanctuary for Covid ventilation reasons, please be prepared to put on additional clothing while attending Church.

9th May 2022

Christian Aid Week 2022- 15th – 22nd May.
 
Our Christian Aid service on 15th May, will focus on the themes for this year.
 
Every gift. Every action. Every prayer. Every one of us can change lives.
Drought starves. It robs women of the power to farm and grow food for their families.
Now, for the first time in a generation, global poverty is rising. Covid-19, conflict and the climate crisis are pushing more of our global neighbours into a struggle for survival.
 
Women and men in Zimbabwe are hungry to provide a more hopeful future. Mums often skip meals to share with their children what little food they have.
 
One of these mums is Jessica Mwedzi. Drought makes every day a struggle for survival. Jessica is hungry. Hungry for a good meal. Hungry to earn a decent living. Hungry to provide a more hopeful future for her family.
‘My children crave a good meal, but I can’t provide.’ Jessica says. ‘It pains me to send them to bed hungry.’
 
Your gift could help Jessica grow drought-resistant crops. You could help her set up a water tap on her farm and learn how to grow food in the harsh climate. She’ll turn her dry, dusty land into a garden of hope.
 
This Christian Aid Week, you can be one of the hundreds of thousands of our supporters who give, act and pray – stepping out in love for our global neighbours. With you by our side, we won’t stop until everyone can live a full life, free from poverty and hunger.
From envelope collections to walking 300,000 steps in May, Christian Aid Week brings people together as one community helping those living in poverty to transform their own lives.
 
This Christian Aid Week (15-21 May), please:
· Give generously to help women grow crops that survive in the drought.
· Act and raise your voice for justice. Join our Loss and Damage campaign.
· Pray that families will stay strong during tough times of drought. 
 
Together, we can turn hunger into hope.
Join us at caweek.org

1st May 2022

On Sunday 8th May morning worship will commence at 10.30am and be led by Alison and Susan.

The Sunday School will meet in the Church Hall at 10.30am

Tea & Coffee will be available after service.

Face Coverings; The wearing of face coverings is no longer compulsory and it is now an individual choice if you wish to continue wearing a face covering in Church and you are very welcome to do so if you so choose.

Hand Sanitiser; Hand sanitiser will still be available at church entrances.

Ventilation: Due to the increased air flow in the Sanctuary for Covid ventilation reasons, please be prepared to put on additional clothing while attending Church.

Praise Service: We will be having a praise Service on Sunday 19th June and will be offering teas and coffees in the Sanctuary afterwards. If you would like to help with the tea & coffee please speak to Alison or June. You are most welcome to bring along some friends to the Praise Service.

Church Magazine: A June edition of the Church Magazine is currently being prepared. If you would like to write a short article for the magazine please email it to Catherine Weir at her usual email address – theweirfamilyATsky.com   (replacing the AT with @)

Please have your articles sent in by Sunday 8th May at the latest to allow time to compile and publish the magazines.

Queen’s Jubilee: Karen Hind and her team are preparing to send a little picnic to our over 85’s in the congregation on Saturday 4th June.If you would like to assist with the deliveries of the picnics please let Karen know. Thank you.

Queens’s Jubilee In The Park: On Sunday 5th June at 2pm the Churches of Grangemouth are holding a celebration in Zetland Park. We hope that you will come along and wear something red, white or blue and bring along a picnic. We reckon that the weather is going to be great 🙂

Foodbank – The foodbank is in great need of unbranded foodstuffs and groceries but not toothpaste at the moment. If you would like to donate, please bring along any groceries to the Church.

Rota’s: It is great to see people returning regularly to Church now that the Covid restrictions have been eased and we can now hopefully recommence our rota’s for Bible Reading and the Sound/IT Desk. If you would like to volunteer please speak to Alison or leave your name at the Sound Desk.

Falkirk Presbytery: On Tuesday 3rd May the final meeting of Falkirk Presbytery will be held in Falkirk Trinity Church at 6.45pm that will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

 

30th April 2022

Today, we have received an update from ‘Ruth in Nepal’ with great news regarding her father. Ruth’s latest newsletter can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Ruth in Nepal’ tab at the top of this page.

Thank you to Elspeth for sharing this news with us.  

28th April 2022

At the Kirk Session on Monday 25th April it was agreed to put together a June edition of the Church Magazine.

It is intended to produce the magazine for Communion on 5th June therefore your contribution is required by Sunday 8th May at the latest to allow the magazine to be put together and printed to meet the Communion date.

Please email your contribution to myself at theweirfamilyATsky.com   replacing the AT with @

 

27th April 2022

Covid Update: At the Kirk Session Meeting held in the Church Hall on Monday 25th April Hymn Books, The Offering and Communion was discussed now that Covid restrictions are being eased.

Hymn Books; It was agreed that a Hymn Book and a Bible will be placed on each pew in the Church for worshipers use. The books should be left on the shelf at the pews after use.

The Offering: It was agreed that the offering will continue to be collected by way of the plate at the vestibule in the meantime rather than returning to passing the collection bags along the pews. It is intended to return to ‘the count’ in the Session Room in the near future.

Communion: It was agreed that worshipers should continue to bring their own elements (water/juice/biscuit etc) in the meantime.

24th April 2022

On Sunday 1st May morning worship will commence at 10.30am and be led by Alison and Susan.

The Sunday School will meet in the Church Hall at 10.30am

Tea & Coffee will be available after service.

Face Coverings; The wearing of face coverings is no longer compulsory and it is now an individual choice if you wish to continue wearing a face covering in Church and you are very welcome to do so if you so choose.

Hand Sanitiser; Hand sanitiser will still be available at church entrances.

Ventilaton: Due to the increased air flow in the Sanctuary for Covid ventilation reasons, please be prepared to put on additional clothing while attending Church.

Rota’s: It is great to see people returning regularly to Church now that the Covid restrictions have been eased and we can now hopefully recommence our rota’s for Bible Reading and the Sound/IT Desk. If you would like to volunteer please speak to Alison or leave your name at the Sound Desk.

Falkirk Presbytery: On Tuesday 3rd May the final meeting of Falkirk Presbytery will be held in Falkirk Trinity Church at 6.45pm that will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

Kirk Session Meeting: A meeting of the Kirk Session will be held in the Church Hall on Monday 25th April at 7.00pm

 

 

17th April 2022

On Sunday 24th April morning worship will commence at 10.30am and be led by Alison and Susan.

Tea & Coffee will be available after service.

Face Coverings; The wearing of face coverings is no longer compulsory and it is now an individual choice if you wish to continue wearing a face covering in Church and you are very welcome to do so if you so choose.

Hand Sanitiser; Hand sanitiser will still be available at church entrances.

Ventilaton: Due to the increased air flow in the Sanctuary for Covid ventilation reasons, please be prepared to put on additional clothing while attending Church.

Rota’s: It is great to see people returning regularly to Church now that the Covid restrictions have been eased and we can now hopefully recommence our rota’s for Bible Reading and the Sound/IT Desk. If you would like to volunteer please speak to Alison or leave your name at the Sound Desk.

10th April 2022

Sunday 17th April -There will be an Easter Egg Hunt and short act of worship in Zetland Park. Please meet at 9am near the cenotaph. If anyone would like to make some bacon rolls for our return to Church that would be much appreciated. Family worship on Easter Sunday commences at 10.30am in the Church and will include the act of Holy Communion. Please bring along your own bread/biscuit and water/juice to drink.

Tea & Coffee will be available after service

Face Coverings; The wearing of face coverings is now optional and no longer compulsory. It is now an individual choice if you wish to continue wearing a face covering in Church and you are very welcome to do so if you so choose.Please note, these new guidelines on face coverings only apply to gatherings that include an act of worship.

Hand Sanitiser; Hand sanitiser will still be available at church entrances.

Ventilaton: Due to the increased air flow in the Sanctuary for Covid ventilation reasons, please be prepared to put on additional clothing while attending Church.

Rota’s: It is great to see people returning regularly to Church now that the Covid restrictions have been eased and we can now hopefully recommence our rota’s for Bible Reading and the Sound/IT Desk. If you would like to volunteer please speak to Alison or leave your name at the Sound Desk.

 

4th April 2022

On Sunday 10th April it is Palm Sunday and Worship commences at 10.30am and will be led by Alison and Susan.

Tea & Coffee will be available after service

Due to the increased air flow in the Sanctuary for ventilation reasons, please be prepared to put on additional clothing while attending Church.

Update on Covid Regulations:

Following the latest announcement from the Scottish Government, Zetland covid team met and the following changes will apply from Monday 4th April;

Face Coverings; Now optional and no longer compulsory. It is now an individual choice and if you wish to continue wearing a face covering in Church you are very welcome to do so.

Please note, these new guidelines on face coverings only apply to gatherings that include an act of worship.

Cleaning; Cleaning programme will revert to the pre-pandemic levels of cleaning. There will no longer be any additional cleaning, for example, between morning worship and Night Church etc as it is now clear that the risk of catching covid from surfaces is remote.

1 Metre Distancing; Social distancing is no longer legally required. Worshippers will be free to sit where they choose in the Sanctuary, including the Balcony and the south side pews. There will be some people who may wish to remain socially distanced from others and we ask that their decision is respected. There are currently just over 500 seats available in Zetland Parish Church therefore there is plenty of space for people to spread out in the Sanctuary. 

The pew cords and orange distance markers have been removed from the Sanctuary.

One Way System and Controlled Exit; Both of these practices will cease as from 4th April. Floor mounted direction indicators have been removed.

Ventilation; We will continue to ventilate the premises.

Hand Sanitiser; Hand sanitiser will still be available at church entrances.

Hymn Books and Bibles; Awaiting further guidance from 121, hopefully back in use soon.

Offering; To be discussed at next KS meeting. Maintain the current system in the meantime. 

Communion; To be discussed at next KS meeting. Maintain current system in the meantime.

Please note, these new guidelines on face coverings only apply to gatherings that include an act of worship. Under the stated guidelines, this would mean that some groups who use the Church Hall would still have to comply with rules as they stood on the 3rd of April. We await further guidance in respect of hall users.

31st March 2022

On Sun 3rd April –  Worship at 10.30am led by Susan Galloway, while Alison is on leave.

Tea’s & Coffee’s will be available after the service.

 

It would be appreciated if you would do a Lateral Flow Test on Sunday morning before coming to Church.

Track & Trace details are no longer required.

Please observe our social distancing tape distance markers on the floor and also the 1 metre distancing orange markers on top of the pews. People from the same household can sit together in Church.

Due to the increased air flow in the Sanctuary for ventilation reasons, please be prepared to put on additional clothing while attending Church.

Diary Dates for April

Sun 3rd; Worship at 10.30am led by Susan Galloway, while Alison is on leave.

Fri 8th; Wedding of Euan Meikle and Sarah Saum at 1pm.

Sun 10th; Palm Sunday

Holy Week services

Tues 12th; Zetland Church at 7pm

Wed 13th; Abbotsgrange Church at 7pm

Thurs 14th; Kirk of the Holy Rood at 7pm

Fri 15th; Good Friday Vigil at St Mary’s from 12noon to 3pm.( come and go as you please)

Sun 17th; Easter morning in the park at 9am. Meet at the Cenotaph; Worship including Holy Communion at 10.30am

Sun 24th; Worship at 10.30am

 

20th March 2022

On Sunday 27th March – This Sunday is our bi-monthly Pulpit Exchange and we will welcome the Rev Anne Job to lead us in worship that will commence at 10.30am Please remember to put your clocks forward one hour onSaturday 26th March or you will be late for Church!

Night Church will be offered from 7pm to 8pm and all is welcome to come along for a time of quiet reflection on the theme of Lent.

Alison & Susan will be leading worship at Kirk of The Holy Rood.

The Sunday School has resumed and the children will be welcomed into Church.

Tea’s & Coffee’s will be available after the service.

It would be appreciated if you would do a Lateral Flow Test on Sunday morning before coming to Church.

Track & Trace details are no longer required.

Please observe our social distancing tape distance markers on the floor and also the 1 metre distancing orange markers on top of the pews. People from the same household can sit together in Church.

Due to the increased air flow in the Sanctuary for ventilation reasons, please be prepared to put on additional clothing while attending Church.

Night Church on Sunday 27th March from 7-8pm. Come along and reflect and pray. The theme available will be Lent. Hope you can come along.

Ukraine – There will be a plate for any donations for the next 2 – 3 weeks if you would like to make a donation. Any amount will be sent to the Church of Scotland who are sending donations to the Reformed Church of Hungary.

On Sunday 6th March the sum of £255 was raised and on Sunday 13th March £197 was also raised for this worthy cause.

Please continue to pray for all those associated with the people of Ukraine.

Group Preference Forms

Could all Board members please return their Group preference forms by the end of March please.

To date, only 8 people have replied. If there are no further returns, groups will be allocated.

If members of the Congregation would like to know more and/or serve God on a Mission, Worship, Pastoral or Resources Group, please speak to Alison, Woody or Les.

Ministers Leave

On Sunday April 3rd Worship will be led by Susan Galloway, while Alison is on leave.

Alison will be on leave from 2nd to 9th April inclusive and Rev Ronald Matandakufa will cover any urgent pastoral needs.

 

18th March 2022

Diary Dates for April

Sun 3rd; Worship at 10.30am led by Susan Galloway, while Alison is on leave.

Fri 8th; Wedding of Euan Meikle and Sarah Saum at 1pm.

Sun 10th; Palm Sunday

Holy Week services

Tues 12th; Zetland Church at 7pm

Wed 13th; Abbotsgrange Church at 7pm

Thurs 14th; Kirk of the Holy Rood at 7pm

Fri 15th; Good Friday Vigil at St Mary’s from 12noon to 3pm.( come and go as you please)

Sun 17th; Easter morning in the park at 9am. Meet at the Cenotaph; Worship including Holy Communion at 10.30am

Sun 24th; Worship at 10.30am

 

18th March 2022

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15th March 2022

This morning Elspeth received a sad message, that she has kindly shared with us, from Ruth in Nepal. The contents can be read by clicking on the Ruth in Nepal tab above.

13th March 2022

On Sunday 20th March – Worship will be led by Alison & Susan and commence at 10.30am and the theme will be ‘Transform’ The service will also include The Sacrament of Baptism.

The Sunday School has resumed and the children will be welcomed into Church.

Tea’s & Coffee’s will be available after the service.

It would be appreciated if you would do a Lateral Flow Test on Sunday morning before coming to Church.

One metre social distancing and our Track & Trace system is currently in place throughout the Church building to ensure your safety.

Please observe our social distancing tape distance markers on the floor and also the 1 metre distancing orange markers on top of the pews. People from the same household can sit together in Church.

Please register your attendance in Church for Track & Trace purposes either by using our QR codes at the Church entrance and exit or by supplying a paper note with your contact details on it or by giving your details to the person at our check in table.

Due to the increased air flow in the Sanctuary for ventilation reasons, please be prepared to put on additional clothing while attending Church.

Ukraine – There will be a plate for any donations for the next 2 – 3 weeks if you would like to make a donation. Any amount will be sent to the Church of Scotland who are sending donations to the Reformed Church of Hungary.

On Sunday 6th March the sum of £255 was raised for this worthy cause.

Please continue to pray for all those associated with the people of Ukraine.

Holy Week Services

Holy Week Services will be in Grangemouth from Monday 11th April to Friday 15th April in the following Church’s:

Monday – RC Church, Tuesday:

Zetland Parish Church 7.00pm

Wednesday: Abbotsgrange

Thursday: Kirk of The Holy Rood

Friday: St Mary’s Good Friday Vigil between 12 noon and 3pm

If anyone would like to be involved in the service at Zetland, please speak to Alison.

Kirk Session Meeting

The Kirk Session will meet on Monday 21st March on Zoom at 7.00pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend. Log in details are available from Woody and Lorraine.

Church Gardens 

Thank you to Tom D who has taken over looking after the Church gardens and also the team of volunteer gardeners.

The weekly gardening slot will begin on Wednesday 30th March from 9.00am until 10.00am. If you would like to volunteer to help the gardening group please contact either Tom or Alison.

Ecumenical Flag 

The Church’s of Grangemouth Ecumenical Flag will be erected in Zetland Park on Tuesday 15th March around 12.30pm

 

10th March 2022

Prospects Across Scotland (PAS) is opening a ‘Pop Up’ Charity Shop in Redding and Westquarter Church Hall in Falkirk, to be held on the last Saturday of every month.

The first sale will take place on Saturday 26th March from 2- 4 pm. PAS exists to raise awareness among Christians in Scotland about the needs of people with learning disabilities. We equip churches to be more effective in how they welcome people with such disabilities and share the good news about Jesus, in a way they can understand.

We urgently need donations of good quality clothing (not infant or toddler); boots; shoes; handbags; bric-a-brac; books; dvd’s; cd’s; etc.  If you would like to donate, please contact Iris O’Neill (01324) 711677 or iamoneill@btinternet.com , or bring donations to the hall on the day, after 12 noon. Please note, the sale will be on a cash basis only.

 

6th March 2022

On Sunday 13th March – Worship will be led by Alison & Susan and commence at 10.30am

The Sunday School has resumed and the children will be welcomed into Church.

Tea’s & Coffee’s will be available after the service.

It would be appreciated if you would do a Lateral Flow Test on Sunday morning before coming to Church.

One metre social distancing and our Track & Trace system is currently in place throughout the Church building to ensure your safety.

Please observe our social distancing tape distance markers on the floor and also the 1 metre distancing orange markers on top of the pews. People from the same household can sit together in Church.

Please register your attendance in Church for Track & Trace purposes either by using our QR codes at the Church entrance and exit or by supplying a paper note with your contact details on it or by giving your details to the person at our check in table.

Due to the increased air flow in the Sanctuary for ventilation reasons, please be prepared to put on additional clothing while attending Church.

Ukraine – There will be a plate for any donations for the next 2 – 3 weeks if you would like to make a donation. Any amount will be sent to the Church of Scotland who are sending donations to the Reformed Church of Hungary.

Please continue to pray for all those associated with the people of Ukraine.

Rotas – As Covid restrictions are being lifted over the next few weeks it would be good to see people to return regularly to Worship and we can recommence our rotas for Bible Reading and the Sound/IT Desk. If you would like to help again with these duties please speak to Alison or leave your name at the Sound Desk.

 

6th March 2022

At morning worship today three of our Church Elder’s were presented with Long Service Awards. For further details please click on the ‘Elder’s Long Service Awards’ tab at the top of this page.

 

27th February 2022

On Sunday 6th March 2022 – Worship will be led by Alison & Susan and will include the Sacrament  of Holy Communion and also presentation of Long Service Certificates. Please bring your own elements to represent the body and blood of Christ.

The Sunday School has resumed and the children will be welcomed into Church.

Tea’s & Coffee’s will be available after the service.

It would be appreciated if you would do a Lateral Flow Test on Sunday morning before coming to Church.

One metre social distancing and our Track & Trace system is currently in place throughout the Church building to ensure your safety.

Please observe our social distancing tape distance markers on the floor and also the 1 metre distancing orange markers on top of the pews. People from the same household can sit together in Church.

Please register your attendance in Church for Track & Trace purposes either by using our QR codes at the Church entrance and exit or by supplying a paper note with your contact details on it or by giving your details to the person at our check in table.

Due to the increased air flow in the Sanctuary for ventilation reasons, please be prepared to put on additional clothing while attending Church.

Rotas – As Covid restrictions are being lifted over the next few weeks it would be good to see people to return regularly to Worship and we can recommence our rotas for Bible Reading and the Sound/IT Desk. If you would like to help again with these duties please speak to Alison or leave your name at the Sound Desk.

 

27th February 2022

Earlier this week Elspeth received two messages from Ruth in Nepal that she has kindly shared with us. The messages can be viewed by clicking on the ‘Ruth in Nepal’ tab at the top of the page.

     

27th February 2022

On Friday 4th March – World Day of Prayer Service will be held in St Mary’s Church at 7pm. If anyone would like to volunteer to take part in the service, please speak to Alison as volunteers from each congregation are required.

27th February 2022:

The Toddler Group has resumed, contact Margaret or the Minister or email zetlandpc@gmail.com for further details.

The Toddler Group meets weekly in the Church Hall on a  Friday mornings from 9.15am to 11.30am welcoming toddlers from one to pre school age.

There is no joining fee but a weekly donation of £2.00 per child is welcomed to assist with running costs. No formal association with the church is necessary to attend

We have a wide range of equipment and toys available allowing the children to have a great time playing in a safe environment ( supervision is required by the adult who brings them to the group). Positive interaction between the children is encouraged.

The mums / dads / adults enjoy chatting over a tea, coffee and snack prepared by a rota of voluntary church members.

 

25th February 2022

The Guild held a meeting in the Church Hall earlier this week and decided to restart their regular meetings commencing on Wednesday 16th March from 2pm till 4pm. The group will meet fortnightly up until Wednesday 25th May and then stop for a summer break. If you would like to attend please contact June or the Minister or you are welcome to come along on a Wednesday afternoon that they are meeting – the dates are listed in the Diary section of the website.

20th February 2022

Sunday 27th February – Worship will be led by Alison & Susan and will include the Sacrament of Baptism.

The Sunday School has resumed and the children will be welcomed into Church.

Night Church, Sunday 27th February at 7.00pm – To enable this time of quiet reflection to restart, some volunteer’s are required to clean the Church after worship on Sunday morning. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Alison.

It would be appreciated if you would do a Lateral Flow Test on Sunday morning before coming to Church.

Tea’s & Coffee’s will be available after the service.

One metre social distancing and our Track & Trace system is currently in place throughout the Church building to ensure your safety.

Please observe our social distancing tape distance markers on the floor and also the 1 metre distancing orange markers on top of the pews. People from the same household can sit together in Church.

Please register your attendance in Church for Track & Trace purposes either by using our QR codes at the Church entrance and exit or by supplying a paper note with your contact details on it or by giving your details to the person at our check in table.

Due to the increased air flow in the Sanctuary for ventilation reasons, please be prepared to put on additional clothing while attending Church.

 

14th February 2022

Sunday 20th February – Worship will be led by Revs John & Kay Brown.  While Alison is on leave, if anyone is in need of urgent pastoral assistance please contact Woody Speirs or Ronald Matandakufa.

The Sunday School will also recommence on Sunday 20th.

It would be appreciated if you would do a Lateral Flow Test on Sunday morning before coming to Church.

Tea’s & Coffee’s will be available after the service.

One metre social distancing and our Track & Trace system is currently in place throughout the Church building to ensure your safety.

Please observe our social distancing tape distance markers on the floor and also the 1 metre distancing orange markers on top of the pews. People from the same household can sit together in Church.

Please register your attendance in Church for Track & Trace purposes either by using our QR codes at the Church entrance and exit or by supplying a paper note with your contact details on it or by giving your details to the person at our check in table.

Due to the increased air flow in the Sanctuary for ventilation reasons, please be prepared to put on additional clothing while attending Church.

 

6th February 2022

Worship

Sunday 13th February – Worship will be led by Revs John & Kay Brown.  While Alison is on leave, if anyone is in need of urgent pastoral assistance please contact Woody Speirs or Ronald Matandakufa.

It would be appreciated if you would do a Lateral Flow Test on Sunday morning before coming to Church.

Tea’s & Coffee’s will be available after the service.

One metre social distancing and our Track & Trace system is currently in place throughout the Church building to ensure your safety.

Please observe our social distancing tape distance markers on the floor and also the 1 metre distancing orange markers on top of the pews. People from the same household can sit together in Church.

Please register your attendance in Church for Track & Trace purposes either by using our QR codes at the Church entrance and exit or by supplying a paper note with your contact details on it or by giving your details to the person at our check in table.

Due to the increased air flow in the Sanctuary for ventilation reasons, please be prepared to put on additional clothing while attending Church.

 

Sunday School

The Sunday School is intending to restart on Sunday 20th February. If you would like your child to attend our Sunday School Group please contact Alison or Karen.

 

Presbytery

The new Presbytery of Forth Valley and Clydesdale will meet on Saturday 19th February in the GLO Centre, Motherwell from 9.30am to 4.00pm.

 

Ruth in Nepal

Ruth has sent a 2022 Calendar to Elspeth who will let you see it if you wish. There are some stunning photographs of Nepal in the calendar and is worthwhile seeing. If you would like to consider offering any monetary donations to help support Ruth’s work in Nepal please contact Elspeth or Alison for further details.

 

Guild Treasurer 

To allow the Guild to resume, the members require someone to be treasurer. If you would like to volunteer please contact June.

 

Bible Study/Quiz

The Bible Study group meets weekly on Zoom on Wednesdays from 7pm. If you would like to get involved please ask Alison for log in details.  

 

World Day of Prayer

The World Day of Prayer service will be held in St Mary’s Church on Friday 4th March at 7pm.

 

 2nd February 2022

Worship

Sunday 6th February – Worship will commence at 10.30am and be led by Alison & Susan and will include the Sacrament of Baptism.

Attendance on Sunday is expected to be higher than usual due to the Baptism and it would be appreciated if you could arrive at Church early and have your Track & Trace contact details written on a piece of paper rather than checking in at the Track & Trace desk to help in the speedy flow of worshipers into Church. All areas of the Church Sanctuary will be open on Sunday, including the south side pews and the balcony.

It would be appreciated if you would do a Lateral Flow Test on Sunday morning before coming to Church.

Tea’s & Coffee’s will be available after the service.

One metre social distancing and our Track & Trace system is currently in place throughout the Church building to ensure your safety.

Please observe our social distancing tape distance markers on the floor and also the 1 metre distancing orange markers on top of the pews. People from the same household can sit together in Church.

Please register your attendance in Church for Track & Trace purposes either by using our QR codes at the Church entrance and exit or by supplying a paper note with your contact details on it or by giving your details to the person at our check in table.

Due to the restrictions it may take a little more time to get into Church so we encourage you to come along a little earlier to ensure that you do not miss your quiet time for reflection before the Service starts.

Due to the increased air flow in the Sanctuary for ventilation reasons, please be prepared to put on additional clothing while attending Church. 

31st January 2022

A message from Woody:

Hi,

I’m pleased to inform you that as from today, all church organisations can now resume their meetings in the church. Would group leaders please let Lorraine know when you intend to resume meeting just to ensure that the premises are available on the dates you wish to meet.

Please note the following Covid related procedures that must still be adhered to;

Ventilate the Hall, sanitise hands, Track & Trace system needs to be used, physical distancing in the Hall is not required legally but recommended where possible.

Track & Trace: T&T should continue in all areas of the Church. 

Social Distancing in Sanctuary:  We should continue with the 1 metre distancing meantime.   

Choir: The most recent guidance form the CoS says 

 A choir or music group can sing without a face covering if they are apart from the congregation (for example, on a chancel) and keep a 1m distance from each other (or are separated by partitions). The size of the group will be defined by the available space.”

 Taking into consideration the location of our Choir, they should continue to wear face coverings whilst singing. It would also be a show of unity with what Alison does with her face covering.

These procedures will be reviewed on a regular basis dependent on government/CoS announcements.

Regards,

Woody:)

 

23rd January 2022

Worship

Sunday 30th January – Worship will commence at 10.30am and be led by Rev Ronald Matandakufa & Susan.

It would be appreciated if you would do a Lateral Flow Test on Sunday morning before coming to Church, thank you.

We also hope to reintroduce Teas & Coffee’s after Sunday Service.

Night Church, Sunday 30th January at 7.00pm – To enable this time of quiet reflection to restart, some volunteer’s are required to clean the Church after worship on Sunday morning. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Alison.

The Guild– The Guild is looking for a volunteer to take on the role of Treasurer for the group. The Guild is unable to restart until the role has been filled so if you would like to volunteer, please contact June or Alison.

Bible Study/Quiz meets on Zoom weekly on Wednesdays at 7.00pm If you would like to log in and meet up with others for a time of fun and discussion, please contact Alison for log in details for your computer.

16th January 2022

Announcement to the 3 Church’s in Grangemouth

The Churches in Grangemouth have been working hard at planning for the union of the 3 churches in the town. In particular the property group have given a significant amount of time to assess the buildings to bring a recommendation of which building would best meet the needs of our future Church.

However, at the commencement of our new Presbytery at the beginning of January we have been advised that the property assessments should cease until further notice from them. This is extremely disappointing in view of the progress we have made but Kirk Sessions are to be sent a video presentation and questionnaire to complete in February to give us an opportunity to share our mission, discussions and hopes and plans for the future.

 This will have an effect on the timescales which we had set out in Grangemouth however it is hoped that after completing the questionnaires we will be given clear instruction on the way forward but it is now obvious that Presbytery will make the final decision with regards to the buildings and a Presbytery team will visit each of the buildings in the deliberations.

 Please be assured that we will continue to keep you all informed of any updates we receive from Presbytery.  

This statement is being read out at each of the 3 Churches this morning to ensure consistency in the information that is being provided to our members.

16th January 2022

 

16th January 2022

Worship

Sunday 23rd January – Worship will commence at 10.30am and be led by Alison & Susan.

It would be appreciated if you would do a Lateral Flow Test on Sunday morning before coming to Church, thank you.

Due to the recent tightening of Covid restrictions all Church organisations are unable to meet until further notice and Tea’s & Coffee after Sunday Service is not possible either.

One metre social distancing and our Track & Trace system is currently in place throughout the Church building to ensure your safety.

Please observe our social distancing tape distance markers on the floor and also the 1 metre distancing orange markers on top of the pews. People from the same household can sit together in Church.

Please register your attendance in Church for Track & Trace purposes either by using our QR codes at the Church entrance and exit or by supplying a paper note with your contact details on it or by giving your details to the person at our check in table.

Due to the restrictions it may take a little more time to get into Church so we encourage you to come along a little earlier to ensure that you do not miss your quiet time for reflection before the Service starts.

Due to the increased air flow in the Sanctuary for ventilation reasons, please be prepared to put on additional clothing while attending Church. 

Sunday 30th January – Worship at 10.30am will be led by Re Ronald Matandakufa as part of the pulpit swaps among the Grangemouth Churches.

Night Church, Sunday 30th January at 7.00pm – To enable this time of quiet reflection to restart, some volunteer’s are required to clean the Church after worship on Sunday morning. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Alison.

 

16th January 2022

Church Flowers – We are looking for a volunteer to would like to organise the Church flowers again. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Alison.

Foodbank – The foodbank is in great need of groceries. If you would like to donate, please bring along any groceries to the Church.

The Guild– The Guild is looking for a volunteer to take on the role of Treasurer for the group. The Guild is unable to restart until the role has been filled so if you would like to volunteer, please contact June or Alison.

Bible Study/Quiz meets on Zoom weekly on Wednesdays at 7.00pm If you would like to log in and meet up with others for a time of fun and discussion, please contact Alison for log in details for your computer.

Ruth in Nepal – We have received an update from Ruth in Nepal and her message is published at the top of this page under the ‘Ruth in Nepal’ page. Thank you to Elspeth for sharing this message with us.

 

9th January 2022

A meeting of the Kirk Session & Congregational Board meeting will be held on Zoom on Monday 10th January at 7pm. If you have not received the log in details please contact Alison.

 

9th January 2022

On Sunday 16th January 2022 Worship will commence at 10.30am and be led by Alison and assisted by Susan.

It would be appreciated if you would do a Lateral Flow Test on Sunday morning before coming to Church, thank you.

Due to the recent tightening of Covid restrictions all Church organisations are unable to meet until further notice and Tea’s & Coffee after Sunday Service is not possible either.

One metre social distancing and our Track & Trace system is currently in place throughout the Church building to ensure your safety.

Please observe our social distancing tape distance markers on the floor and also the 1 metre distancing orange markers on top of the pews. People from the same household can sit together in Church.

Please register your attendance in Church for Track & Trace purposes either by using our QR codes at the Church entrance and exit or by supplying a paper note with your contact details on it or by giving your details to the person at our check in table.

Due to the restrictions it may take a little more time to get into Church so we encourage you to come along a little earlier to ensure that you do not miss your quiet time for reflection before the Service starts.

Due to the increased air flow in the Sanctuary for ventilation reasons, please be prepared to put on additional clothing while attending Church. 

 

2nd January 2022

On Sunday 9th January 2022 Worship will commence at 10.30am and be led by Alison and assisted by Susan.

It would be appreciated if you would do a Lateral Flow Test on Sunday morning before coming to Church, thank you.

Due to the recent tightening of Covid restrictions all Church organisations are unable to meet until further notice and Tea’s & Coffee after Sunday Service is not possible either.

One metre social distancing and our Track & Trace system is currently in place throughout the Church building to ensure your safety.

Please observe our social distancing tape distance markers on the floor and also the 1 metre distancing orange markers on top of the pews. People from the same household can sit together in Church.

Please register your attendance in Church for Track & Trace purposes either by using our QR codes at the Church entrance and exit or by supplying a paper note with your contact details on it or by giving your details to the person at our check in table.

Due to the restrictions it may take a little more time to get into Church so we encourage you to come along a little earlier to ensure that you do not miss your quiet time for reflection before the Service starts.

Due to the increased air flow in the Sanctuary for ventilation reasons, please be prepared to put on additional clothing while attending Church. 

 

 

2nd January 2022

Presbytery Letter

To all Session Clerks in Forth Valley & Clydesdale and Falkirk Presbyteries

Dear colleague,

                                                                  Firstly may I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year.

As we begin this new year there is much change within our presbytery. As agreed by the General Assembly, on 1 January the Presbytery of Forth Valley and Clydesdale came into being marking the coming together of Hamilton and Lanark Presbyteries. We anticipate that shortly after the General Assembly of 2022, the Presbytery of Falkirk will also join Forth Valley and Clydesdale. Until that date we anticipate that whilst Falkirk Presbytery will be a separate legal entity, we will be working closely together and meeting together wherever possible.

The creation of the new Presbytery is not simply a merger of the old. That would be relatively easy! Instead we are rewriting what it means to be a Presbytery, looking at how the Presbytery can best serve the mission of God in our area, and moving forward with anticipation and hope into a future that only God knows. I pray that our new Presbytery will be focussed on positive relationships, exciting innovation and a desire to work together to share the Good News. 

The Presbytery of Hamilton and the Presbytery of Lanark granted powers to the Joint Presbytery Transition Group in order to put in place appropriate interim Clerking arrangements for the new Presbytery. Staffing discussions continue but at this time I have been appointed as the Depute Presbytery Clerk and will be acting as Interim Presbytery Clerk for the initial period. 

For congregations in Falkirk Presbytery, the clerking arrangements remain unchanged. Any matters specifically for the Presbytery of Falkirk should be directed to Andrew Sarle and Julie Rennick who will deal with your queries. In the six months until Falkirk formally joins Forth Valley and Clydesdale our Presbyteries will work together to ensure that all of our congregations, no matter which part of Forth Valley and Clydesdale receive the same support and follow the same processes wherever possible. 

The Presbytery Office will be based in Rex House, 103 Bothwell Road, Hamilton and when restrictions ease, we hope to open at various points during the week. Until then the best way to contact the Presbytery is by email to fvandc@churchofscotland.org.uk or by phone on 01698 285672. If, over the next week or so, you or your congregation need to make contact then you can call me on my mobile 07485 326163. 

Please bear with us. With ongoing covid restrictions and staff absence we will not be at full speed for a few weeks yet, but please get in touch with me directly if you have any issues or questions.

We have recorded a short ‘welcome’ video and would be grateful if you could watch this and share it with your elders and congregation. The video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/FmoeVW9dLI0

All of us are ‘Presbytery’ and I pray that all of us will play our part in making Forth Valley and Clydesdale something positive for our churches and communities.

Yours,

Rev Bryan Kerr

Interim Presbytery Clerk

 

 

26th December 2021

Sunday Service

On Sunday 2nd January 2022 Worship will commence at 10.30am and be led by Alison and assisted by Susan.

It would be appreciated if you would do a Lateral Flow Test on Sunday morning before coming to Church, thank you.

 

 

24th December 2021

Due to Present Covid Restrictions, our Christmas Eve service will be held online this year rather than in our Church.

It will be available to watch around 11.15pm on Christmas Eve on both our Church YouTube channel and our Church Facebook page. The links to these sites are below:

https://www.facebook.com/Zetlandchurchgrangemouth/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQJyOvdr1PCwORMW2_n7KPg

Please have a safe and enjoyable Christmas and we hope you will be able to join us and thank you to all of our volunteers who took part in our recording.

The team at Zetland wish you all every blessing this Christmas.

Our next Sunday Service will be held in the Church on Sunday 26th December at 10.30am and all are welcome to attend.

 

17th December 2021

Sunday Service

On Sunday 19th December Worship will commence at 10.30am and be led by the Sunday School while performing their Christmas Nativity.

Due to the tightening Covid guidance please do a Lateral Flow Test before attending Church and only attend if the result is negative.

The Church has now been set up for 1 metre distancing – the pew tops have been marked at 1 metre intervals with coloured tape, every second pew has been corded off, the floor is marked with coloured tape at 1 metre intervals and the Church will be vacated in the usual controlled manner. 

The usual Covid precautions still need to be taken as well – ventilation, track & trace, hand hygiene and face coverings must be worn. 

We thank you for your cooperation.

 

15th December 2021

Christmas Concert @ Kirk of the Holyrood

A Christmas Concert will be held in the Kirk of the Holyrood on Sunday 19th December at 7pm and no ticket is required for entry.

Teas/Coffee with Christmas Pies will be served in the Hall after the Christmas Concert.

 

12th December 2021

Due to the worsening Covid situation in Scotland and also the latest guidance from the Church of Scotland the following changes have been made to our activities during the remainder of December:

Saturday 18th December – Sunday School Christmas Party still planned to go ahead in Church Hall.

Sunday 19th December – Morning Service at 10.30am and children’s nativity still planned to go ahead.

Sunday 19th December – Night Church – Cancelled

Friday 24th December – Watchnight Service – Cancelled, new details to be confirmed.

Sunday 26th December – Sunday Service at 10.30am

Teas & Coffees – Have been suspended until further notice.

As further Covid announcements are expected in the forthcoming week from the Scottish Government there may have to be further changes to our plans in December. Any changes will be posted here.

Santa visits the Baby Group – 2018

 

12 December 2021

On Saturday 11th December we received an email from Church of Scotland updating their Covid guidance following the speech on Friday 10th December by the Scottish Government’s First Minister concerning the worsening Covid situation in Scotland.

An abridged version is published below.

Testing : The Scottish Government have stated that before we meet anyone outwith our own household we should be undertake a Lateral Flow Test. The Covid Group believe that in the current circumstances we should encourage anyone who comes to church for whatever reason to undertake such a test before they come to Church, in line with Government advice.

Test and Protect: The latest guidance continues to encourage us to operate a Track & Trace system that utilises a system that uses both QR codes as well as a paper system for those unable to use QR codes. For us in Zetland we currently do use both systems.

Face Coverings: There has been no change to the law in Scotland in respect of face coverings being worn inside churches. You may have heard the news reporting that a face covering can now be removed to sing but this is in England only. In Scotland face coverings must still be worn throughout worship services.

Distancing: There are many churches where social distancing is still the practice during worship. Where this is not the case, with the uncertainty of the new variant and the knowledge of its increased transmissibility, the Covid Group are recommending that all congregations look at where they can reasonably effect a degree of distancing between households. At Zetland, we moved back to 1 metre distancing for morning worship on Sunday 12th December.

In the coming week it is intended to reintroduce the white cord to separate pews and also mark the pew tops with coloured tape to identify 1 metre distanced seating places in the pews.

Christmas Services: The Covid Group have advised previously on the need for congregations to ensure that cleaning takes place between the Watchnight, Christmas Day and Boxing Day Services. This is more important than ever given the new variant. Some congregations are making plans to move at least some of their worship online given the challenge of having someone clean the building after the watchnight service and before Christmas Day morning. Here at Zetland we are planning to move our Watchnight Service online and hope to have our Boxing Day Service in person in the Church Sanctuary.

 

9th December 2021

Sunday Worship – Advent 3

Worship on Sunday 12th December at 10.30am will be led by Alison and assisted by Susan.

 

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.

 

8th December 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.”

 

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