Please contact us via email, Facebook , or on the Rectory telephone number for further updates. We continue to hold each other in prayer and would be pleased to receive requests for anyone in specific need of prayer. Please remember those particularly, who are on their own and may feel isolated. If you are able to access the Internet or Facebook, then please check with the Provincial Website https://www.scotland.anglican.org where details of online streaming of services will be available from this Sunday or on Facebook @scottishepiscopalchurch to keep us all together as a community. There are good online resources for liturgical prayer and lectionary reflection, such as: SEC liturgies:https://www.scotland.anglican.org/who-we-are/publications/liturgies/SEC Daily Prayer:https://www.scotland.anglican.org/prayer/CofE Worship resources:https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/worship-texts-and-resourcesDaily reflections:https://pray-as-you-go.orgEpiscopal Church USA, Sunday and weekday lectionary readings texts:https://www.lectionarypage.net/Bishop Ian has been in contact with our partner diocese in Brazil and India. Attached are his messages and the replies from Bishop Marinez of the Diocese of Amazonia and Bishop Paritosh of the Diocese of Calcutta.During lockdown, Fife Cluster YF have been meeting via Zoom on a Sunday evening for around 45 mins. 28th June would have been the annual BBQ which they couldn't have so delegates and leaders wore beach dress, sunhats and sunglasses to have a virtual BBQ. in the past week delegates and leaders have been making videos, on what they like about YF which have been edited together to make the following presentation. To view video click on link to YouTube https://youtu.be/nN2Ic7d3miEYF+ is a new venture which follows on from YF on a Sunday and concentrates on the Gospel lectionery reading for that Sunday. This has been received very well so far. YF and YF+ are planning to run over the summer and any young person from halfway through P7 and above are most welcome. Glen 2020 was sadly cancelled this year but the Provincial Youth Network are planning a series of virtual events during the week 2nd Aug, more details to come.Many thanks to Holy Trinity Dunfermline for allowing us to share the video.All Church Groups are also suspended until further notice. However we will endeavour to keep in touch and support each other during this time.BlessingsChristine Fraser, Rector
Breaking NewsChurches in Scotland, including the Scottish Episcopal Church, have joined together to sign a letter commending the Call for a National Day of Prayer in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.On Sunday 22 March, people of faith were encouraged to light a candle and place it in their window at 7pm. The Bishop would like this sign of unity to continue by lighting a candle on a Sunday evening at 7pm until this emergency is over.The letter, signed by the Primus on behalf of the College of Bishops, asks that we “join in prayerful solidarity with this witness”, describing the candle as “a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, the source of hope in this life”.The announcement which includes a prayer which can be used while lighting a candle appears on the SEC website at https://www.scotland.anglican.org/scottish-christians-asked-to-join-in-prayer-every-sunday-at-7pm/ and has been highlighted on SEC media channels.
From the Advisory GroupThe Advisory Group has met this week to take stock of the First Minister’s announcement on Tuesday, 3 August 2021. In that announcement, she confirmed that with effect from Monday 9 August, Scotland will move “beyond level 0” in the Scottish Government’s Strategic Framework. In general, the move entails the lifting of most of the remaining legally imposed restrictions, and the key issues arising from the changes insofar they affect Places of Worship, are as follows: –1)The restrictions regarding physical distancing and the limits on the size of social gatherings are removed. This means that for churches there will no longer be a legal requirement to maintain 1 m social distancing. We assume, but have not had confirmation, that this will also mean that the requirement to display the maximum Physical Distance Based Capacity will no longer apply.2)The law will continue to require the wearing of face coverings in indoor public places. Consequently, the wearing of face coverings in church continues to apply (that likewise applies for congregational singing).3)Churches continue to be encouraged to maintain a record of contact details for those attending services.4)Government generally encourages the continuation of measures to mitigate risks including maintaining good hygiene, practising respiratory hygiene, ensuring good ventilation, getting vaccinated and continuing to engage with Test and Protect.5)Given the removal of restrictions on numbers meeting households, church house groups and other similar bodies will be able to resume. The Advisory Group recognises that for some the removal of restrictions will be welcomed. Others, however, will feel apprehensive. Consequently, whilst the various requirements mentioned above are removed, congregations may wish for the time being to continue their existing practices (for example in relation to physical distancing) if they consider that it would be advisable to do so for local pastoral reasons.The Advisory Group is waiting to hear from Government as to whether it intends to withdraw or substantially modify its own Places of Worship guidance following the move beyond level 0 and once further information is available, the Group will issue a further update. In general, we anticipate that the relaxation of restrictions will mean that a less prescriptive approach will be required in future but that congregations will nevertheless need to apply general principles in the way they operate.There are no guidelines from them regarding the use of the church for activities other than worship, but the following link might be of some usehttps://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-3-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship/pages/other-permitted-uses/Breaking NewsCraft GroupMarjorie Ward has announced that St Peter’s Craft Group will resume on Monday 6th September from 10am until 12 noon (Please note change of day and time).The following guidelines will be in place:She will be asking those attending to have a lateral flow test (free from the chemist) twice per weekHand sanitising before entry to hallMasks to be worn except while drinking and eating1 metre distancing, therefore only two per tableand Track & Trace will be in operation.Letting of HallsAs we are moving beyond Level 0, the Vestry have agreed to open up the Church for hall bookings. If you are interested then you can now download the latest Terms and Conditions together with a Booking Form by clicking on your preferred format: Microsoft Word Document .doc or .docx, PDF.At a recent meeting of the Diocesan Global Partnerships Committee, the situation in our link diocese of Kolkata in India and Amazonia in Brazil regarding COVID 19 and the lack of supply of vaccines was discussed. It was agreed that the Diocese would lobby MPs and MSPs to try to help those countries and others in the same situation by asking that both parliaments consider sending out excess vaccines to help alleviate the suffering. The Revd Canon Bob Harley, Convenor of the committee has drafted a letter of explanation and a letter template in the event that you might support this initiative. Copies of the letter and template can be found here and Google will provide you with information on your local MP and MSP. Please do help if you can.Click here for details of the proposed Diocesan Pilgrimages taking place in 2021 and 2022. Registration information is included in the leaflet, please register directly with the Diocese if you wold like to particiapte in any or all of them.