ATTENDING CHURCH SERVICES
If you are planning to come to a Sunday morning service during the COVID restrictions, please let your elder know beforehand or leave a text/voicemail message on the church mobile. This is particularly important if you are hoping to come to Communion on Sunday 11th October.
07538 209 161
NOTICES for Sunday 6th September 2020
Harvest Sunday is 20th September but we will only be able to accept cash donations which will go to the North Ayrshire Food Bank. Please put any donations (cash or cheque) in a clearly marked separate envelope when you leave the sanctuary. Alternatively, bank transfers can be made. Please contact Ann Turner for details
The CrossReach Christmas catalogues will be available from next week from Margaret Kelso. More information will also be on this website soon.
September 2020 Magazine
The latest magazine is now available and can be accessed from the Magazine page. If you wish to contact any one who has contributed, please email email@example.com in the first instance.
Guidance for attending worship in St Cuthbert’s
Since the Scottish Government announced that places of worship could reopen from the 16th August we have been working on how to recommence services at St Cuthberts in as Covid-19 safe way as reasonably possible. I must thank Angela Beattie, Roy Kelso, Ray and Bea Nicholson for their hard work in making this happen.
Prior to attending services
- Please let your elder know if you intend to be coming to services in the near future.
- Do not attend if you are unwell in anyway. Especially if you have any of the Covid-19 symptoms of high temperature, new persistent cough or new loss of taste or smell.
- Use your toilet at home.
There will be a number of changes to how we worship
- Social distance of 2 metres must be maintained between each household. Please remember a family group may be 2 or more households.
- The pew cushions have been removed.
- Face coverings need to be worn within the church.
- There can be a maximum of 50 people within the sanctuary at any one time.
- Entry will be one household at time.
- You will be invited to sanitise your hands (or gloves if you chose to wear them) before entry.
- Each household will be asked for a contact name and number for Test and Protect.
- You will be guided to a pew. There will be no choice of seat at this time. The balcony is closed for health and safety reasons.
- At the end of the service please remain seated until invited to leave.
- The halls are out of use at this time.
- The only toilet available will be the one next to the vestry. Please use only if absolutely necessary. You will need to clean it after use.
In the unlikely requirement of an emergency evacuation
- There is no need for social distancing
- Follow the normal evacuation plan by leaving via the nearest fire exit.
- Gather in the car park of St Cuthbert’s Court
- Cash offerings require extra caution at this time.
- I would encourage everyone if they do not already do so to contribute by standing order either weekly or monthly.
- Please consider down loading the app Tapmydata which allows a quick and secure way of recording your presence for Test and Protect.
- One of the great joys of church attendance is the fellowship enjoyed within buildings both before and after the service. Unfortunately the new reality is that at present talking in a large group indoors is unsafe.
Worship in St Cuthbert’s
Sunday worship is restarting on 23rd August at 10.45 a.m. To enable adherence to Government regulations numbers are restricted to 50. Face masks, social distancing, hand hygiene and collecting of contact details are in practice.
If you are hoping to come please would you either let your elder know or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can’t reach your elder.
You can download Sarah’s full letter to the congregation HERE.
If you would like to register your attendance at St Cuthbert’s on Sunday 23rd (or subsequent Sundays) there is an app recommended by the Church of Scotland called ‘Tapmydata’ and available for your mobile phone, which you can access through Google Play or Apple’s App Store.
The QR code will be available at the church.
If you are concerned about your data being held digitally, you can give your name and best contact number to the elder on duty when you come to the church. This will be held in paper form only and retained for 21 days before it is shredded. https://tapmydata.com/
A week of Prayer
During this time you’ll be able to watch a morning reflection everyday from 8am on the Church of Scotland’s website or social media channels. For those without internet, recordings of the reflections will be available by phoning 03333409200. Here is a link to the first for the week.
Financing the church
Although we are still not able to come together as a congregation, our church still needs funds to keep it going. Everything from insurance and maintenance to the minister’s salary and other support functions need to be covered. The generosity of our members is amazing and we imagine that you have been putting your usual offerings aside ready for the day when we get back together. If you are able to pay this via the bank as either a one off donation or a monthly Standing Order, this would be very helpful. Please email email@example.com and we can get the banking details to you. THANK YOU in advance for your help.
A week of Prayer for Church and Country
The Moderator of the Church of Scotland has identified Monday 17th – Saturday 22nd of August as a Week of Prayer for Church and Country, believing that as we head into such a critical period we should be ‘on our knees’ before the One who has promised to lead us.
Fuller details of how to get involved and how to involve congregations will follow, but in brief there will be a short, recorded reflection and prayer each morning and an opportunity to gather nationally online each evening. These gatherings will be entirely interactive and there will be ways for individuals and congregations to participate – as little or as much as possible.
COVID-19 APPEAL FROM THE DISASTERS EMERGENCY COMMITTEE
If you can, please consider donating to this appeal. Millions of lives are at stake as Covid-19 hits refugee camps and war-torn countries like Yemen, Syria and South Sudan. Help families fleeing conflict face a deadly new threat.
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) includes the following organisation: ActionAid; Action Against Hunger; British Red Cross; CAFOD; CARE International; Christian Aid; Concern; Age UK; Islamic Relief; Oxfam; Plan UK; Save the Children; Tearfund; World Vision and are concurrently running appeals towards this fund direct.
COVID-19 Update for St. Cuthbert’s Church
Although the Scottish Government has said that places of worship may open from 15th July, each church has to undertake a COVID-19 risk assessment before being allowed to open. We have the responsibility to decide when it is safe to open our buildings for worship.
The Presbytery, too, is involved in the decision-making process. Our Presbytery has said that the earliest date for Sunday worship in a building is 16th August.
St. Cuthbert’s has not yet decided on a date for reopening, but the Planning Team** of the Kirk Session are currently working through the guidelines and risk assessment, and we will inform you once a decision has been made.
Rev. S. Nicol.
**St. Cuthbert’s Church has an “Emergency Planning Team” drawn from the Kirk Session who will be discussing and reporting to the full Kirk Session about our anticipated opening. Once a decision has been made, we will inform people via our church website, emails, texts or phone calls. However, it is important to let you know that we will not be making a hasty decision. Rather, we will be following a cautious path, in order to “stay safe, protect others, save lives”.
The church halls remain shut for all groups and organisations, and due to the previous “normal” pattern of daily use, it is likely that the date for reopening the halls will be significantly later than the reopening of the sanctuary.
In the meantime, we pray that you are finding encouragement through online services and prayers provided by many branches of the Church worldwide, and by television and radio reflections, and freephone prayer lines, as well as by telephone conversations with members of our congregation.
As reported in the local newspaper (Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald) one of our members, Peter Milne, recently celebrated his 100th birthday. We would love to add our congratulations on achieving this great age. Happy Birthday Peter! Click HERE for newspaper article.
Peter joined Caledonia Care Home with his wife Mary in April 2012 and in his words, he has had a great time.
Sadly Mary passed away in 2015. Peter was a lecturer in various places up until he retired and Mary was a teacher in the local schools.
WORSHIP AT HOME
Last Sunday was Trinity Sunday and if you wanted something additional to help your focus on The Father, Son and Holy Spirit – in addition to Sarah’s wonderful weekly prayers and the myriad of options to watch on the web – the Church of Scotland provides some material which you can download and read through in your own time. The music suggestions allow you to find hidden gems and alternative arrangements to familiar songs that will inspire creativity and spark fresh curiosity about how we best use music in worship. CLICK HERE
Do also look at the Children’s Page for links to Scripture Union resources and upcoming Holiday Club
FUNDRAISING / PLANT SALE
Ann has told me that an impressive £2689.50 was raised with virtually everything sold. She could have sold more but it is very difficult to judge what people will want and everyone was desperate for plants.
A massive thanks to Ann for her dedication and hard work and thanks also to those who helped to deliver the plants and of course the buyers for their support.
JUNE 2020 MAGAZINE
William has been hard at work again and offers a different series of recollections. He thinks that this series might provide more photographs for the archives. If you come across any, please let him know. Just click on this link JUNE MAGAZINE.
Memories page can be reached from HERE.
It is with deep sadness that we share with the congregation that our much-loved friend, loyal Church member, elder and dedicated Church Officer, Mrs Sheila Hanlon passed away on Sunday 17th May.
Sheila has been part of the congregation of St. Cuthbert’s from her childhood days, and over the years has been a good friend to many in the church and community. Her life was inspired by her Christian faith and she touched our lives with her cheerfulness and kindness.
I have only had the privilege of knowing Sheila for two years, but from my first Sunday, Sheila made me very welcome and was eager to help in any way she could.
We will remember Sheila as a special person and sister in Christ, who appreciated the gift of life in God’s wonderful world, and sought to share that joy of living with others.
We remember Pat and all their family in our prayers,
If you weren’t able to watch the Heart and Soul 2020 event on Sunday you can catch up with it here
HEART & SOUL 2020 ONLINE
We’re delighted to announce a special “Heart and Soul 2020” event will take place (online) on May 17th 2020. The current crisis has meant that the original event, scheduled to have taken place in Princes Street Gardens on that day, has had to be cancelled.
However, a number of features from the event in Princes Street Gardens can be transferred into an online format, and we’re going screen an abridged “Heart and Soul” at 2.00pm on May 17th — when the original event would have taken place. The programme will run until about 4.20pm. A recording of the event will be available soon afterwards.
Hosted by our usual presenters, Rev Ken Froude, Seonaid Knox and Rev Justin Taylor, the event begins with a replay of the service of installation for the new Moderator, Rev Martin Fair. Without giving too much away, the event features a mix of worship, music, stories and some exciting “In Conversation” guests.
Heart and Soul regulars ‘Fischy Music’ will lead a special segment for all ages, and we hope that you’ll join in all the actions from home! Spread throughout the afternoon will be some very special conversations: Hugh Pym will be in conversation with Prof Jason Leitch and Viv Dickenson from CrossReach, discussing how they have all been tackling Coronavirus and also how their own faith has helped them. Very Rev Susan Brown will be in conversation with Ross Greer MSP and Tara Shannon from COSY discussing climate justice. Prison Chaplain Anne Stewart will be in conversation with Hospital chaplain Mark Evans taking about chaplaincy as a career and the impact of Coronavirus in their places of work.
No Heart and Soul would be complete without some hearty singing, and we’ve chosen some highlights from the archive over the last ten years of Heart and Soul, the Guild Big Sing and the General Assembly to round things off.
We hope you can join us then – here, on the Heart & Soul website.
As promised William has put together some reflections from the 100th Anniversary of the opening of the building now known as St.
Cuthbert’s in lieu of the May magazine. You download a copy from HERE or from the Magazine page.
Just for the time being, we have an informal Facebook page where you can add messages of support to others in the community. Inappropriate messages will be removed at the earliest opportunity but as this is a public platform it may not be instant.
The Church of Scotland now asks, in the strongest terms, that all gatherings for worship should cease until further notice, with effect from Tuesday 17 March 2020, which includes Easter services. This will include, but not be restricted to: house-groups, meetings for youth work, and church cafes.
It is therefore with regret that our doors, although not our hearts, will be closed with immediate effect.
Our usual news can be found on the Posts (blog) page. Added 25 March 2020 – a message to us all from the Presbytery Moderator.
The minister will post items and prayers from time to time to keep you connected with St Cuthbert’s and its wider community HERE. To just listen to the prayers, see the shortcuts on the right (mobile phone users will probably need to follow the link)
As we hear about community initiatives we will include them HERE. Community Hubs have now gone live and you will find contact information HERE. Whether you wish to help or need support, this is a great place to start.
There will be a daily devotional opportunity written by the Church of Scotland in Shetland which you can follow (Be still, and know that I am God).
We will include national and international initiatives HERE which you might be interested in to help keep your spiritual life alive and shining.
Sunday broadcasts of a weekly service take place on Radio 4, and also on Radio Scotland; other radio stations are available. Radio 4’s Thought for the Day can be accessed HERE.
PS. If you find this website helpful or have any suggestions to make it more useful for you, please do let us know. We are here to inform you and only with feedback, good and bad, can we be sure that we are getting it right. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org (and many, many thanks to those of you who are already getting in touch. Bea)