COVID-19 Update for St. Cuthbert’s Church
Although the Scottish Government has announced that churches buildings can open for private prayer after 22nd June, each congregation and Presbytery will need to complete a new Risk Assessment for their buildings before any building can re-open, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Congregational worship is not allowed at this time, but may be permitted from the next phase of the Scottish Government’s ‘roadmap’ easing the lockdown.
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.
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 email@example.com (and many, many thanks to those of you who are already getting in touch. Bea)