We hope that you have managed to keep safe and well during the weeks of Coronavirus lockdown and are now able to benefit from the easing of restrictions on our daily lives.
As you are aware, government advice led to the closure of churches and has meant that it has been very difficult to maintain communication with our members and the wider community. We hope that you have been able to find some comfort in online resources or radio and television services. We are very grateful to our Interim Moderator, Rev Brian Smith for his weekly online services and Thought for the Day which have been posted on the West Mearns website (www.westmearns.com).
Government advice now allows for the re-opening of churches where Presbyteries and Kirk Sessions feel this is possible. After careful consideration, the Kirk Sessions of Aberluthnott and Laurencekirk have decided to join with West Mearns for the months of August and September to offer joint worship services each Sunday. This will be done on a rota basis as follows:
|23 August||Dickson Hall||11:00|
|30 August||Online||www.westmearns.com Or phone 01561 – 626423 for audio only|
|27 September||Dickson Hall||11:00|
All services will be conducted by Rev Brian Smith.
A number of measures will be in place for those who wish to attend services. Physical distancing will be in place and you are asked to wear a face covering unless there is a medical reason for being unable to do so. On arrival, you will be asked to leave your contact details so that you can be contacted as part of the government’s Test and Protect system if it is found that someone attending a service tests positive for the virus. This information will be retained for a period of 21 days after which it will be destroyed. You will be shown where to sit and hand sanitisers will be in place around the buildings. After the service, you will be shown how to leave the building. At this time, no singing is permitted during services and we are not able to offer refreshments after the services.
The Sunday reflection currently provided by video and an audio phone in line on the West Mearns website will now shift to a mid-week reflection and our prayer is that it will continue to be helpful.
The “Thought for the Day” will be ending at the end of July.
We recognise that this will be a very different experience of worship to that which we are all used to and that some members will not feel comfortable venturing out as yet, but we look forward to being able to welcome you back to a time of shared fellowship. As restrictions continue to be eased, we will keep you updated with changes to these arrangements and hope that we can fully re-open all our church buildings in the coming months.
If there is any support you would like from us, please do let any member of the Kirk Session know.
With every blessing.
Joint Kirk Sessions of Aberluthnott & Laurencekirk