As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads across the world, a prayer from the Rt Rev Colin Sinclair provides hope and support or comfort at this challenging time – go to our Prayers Page
All services and meetings at Kirkliston Parish Church are suspended until further notice, as per the guidance from Church of Scotland.
Church of Scotland Guidance
Rev Dr George J Whyte, Principal Clerk of the General Assembly, has issued the latest advice and information on 26th March 2020.
It is hoped to provide a recorded service for the next three weeks, including Easter, via the Church of Scotland website and social media platforms. Please continue to keep looking at the Church of Scotland and Ascend websites for the latest information.
Streaming Local Church Services
A list of congregations providing a streamed service can be found here on the Church of Scotland website.
Some local churches across the Church of Scotland already stream their services online, and others are in the early stages of setting this up to meet the growing demand. For a list of some of those who are planning to regularly stream services through video, audio or catch-up, please visit our Kirk Services Online page.
Please note that churches should not open for private prayer. See Professor Jason Leitch’s video here on the Church’s website. While guidance in England allows for this, the Church of Scotland’s position is that buildings should remain closed. This is consistent with other major churches in the United Kingdom.
Radio and Television/Social Media
The Right Reverend Colin Sinclair is offering a live daily reflection on Facebook at 10 am (here).
It is expected that there will be a reflective service broadcast on BBC1 Scotland at 12.15pm, on Sunday 29th March 2020; arrangements to facilitate this are ongoing.
No funeral service can take place in the church building. These have been closed for all services.
Following Government guidance from Monday 23rd March 2020, weddings are cancelled. It will be necessary to postpone weddings to a later date when a greater degree of normality applies.
The above is offered in the light of current information, and is of course subject to further public health guidance and directives from the UK and Scottish Governments. The situation is evolving changing frequently, and we shall offer further updates as information becomes available
Kirkliston Parish Church Guidance
All public worship, meetings and activities of Kirkliston Parish Church are cancelled at this time. Only a minister, close family and funeral directors may attend funerals: memorial services can be held later if wished.
KEEP IN TOUCH
Elders and the Pastoral care team offer support by phone. The ‘Kirkliston Parish Church’ website and Facebook page can be used to request support.
The Little Coffee Stop Facebook page offers support to other families. Our children and families Facebook page will have online resources for children and young people.
‘Working Together in Kirkliston during the Coronavirus’ is being coordinated through the Kirkliston community Facebook page and Kirkliston Community Church tel. 0131 156 2262
PRAYER AND WORSHIP
Rev Christine Clark aims to record a reading, message and prayer regularly to our website. The Church of Scotland website has Christian worship and teaching from various churches and Sanctuary First, led by the Very Rev Albert Bogle.
There is a weekly service broadcast on BBC radio, led by Archbishop Justin Welby.
Need prayer? Your elder, pastoral care team or minister can support you with prayer through difficulties. United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) have a prayerline 01782 36 3000 and Try Praying has online resources. Kirkliston Community church also offer prayer to all.
Psalm 91 is a great covering prayer about God’s protection for us and our families. ‘Surely God will save you.. from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you will find refuge. His faithfulness will be your shield’. Amen.
Paula Roots, Session Clerk 25/3/20