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Services SuspendedEach week there will be an opportunity to access prayers, collects, readings and a reflection by myself on this website. Click ‘Online Service’ tab. 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.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.As we now enter Phase 3, the Scottish Episcopal Church has published revised guidelines to assist with the safe opening of churches. There is a video on the provincial website which explains what to expect. Attached is a pastoral letter from Bishop Ian as well as an ‘at a glance’ simple guide to worshipping during Phase 3.As a result of the latest government advice and after guidance from our College of Bishops, it is with great sorrow that we announce that all worship services in St Peter’s Episcopal Church are discontinued until further notice. Further advice can be found at https://www.scotland.anglican.org/coronavirus-cessation-of -church-services/You can also see a message from the Primus, Bishop Mark Strange.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/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.