Newsletter - March 2021
FROM THE SESSION CLERK
This first quarter of 2021 has not been much different from most of 2020, but it has the promise of returning us to some kind of normality. This is thanks to the vaccine that is being administered throughout the country and I’m sure many of you have already received at least the first dose and added to that the reducing Covid numbers have helped lift the mood and I hope our spirits.
The chink of light at the end of a dark tunnel has started to get brighter and with some positive news emanating from both the Scottish and UK government's it is clear we will be able to re-open our church before Easter, albeit still with restricted numbers.
Our Sunday service will start at 10 am from March until the end of June and we will be operating the same booking system with the same number as before. So, we will re-open on Sunday 28th March at 10 am and our Easter Good Friday service will be on the 2nd April at noon and Easter Sunday at 10 am
Booking number: 07538 153274
I thank you for your continued co-operation and I look forward to seeing you all soon. It has been an enormously difficult year for us all. Staying at home, social distancing and wearing a mask outdoors are all activities that 12 months ago would have caused a raised eyebrow and dismissive glance. Some of us will have been furloughed and perhaps even lost our jobs and these circumstances present economic challenges in addition to that feeling of confinement and isolation.
Tragically, some of us have lost loved ones and whether through Covid or not we have all been challenged by the limitations on funerals, mourners and coping with loss in isolation. I expect we will have a church service to remember those loved ones when the time is right. For those shielding and living on their own, it has been even tougher. This is why it’s so important we keep in touch with each other and I would encourage our elders and board members to keep in touch with those in their district.
Sadly, we have lost a number of our members so far in 2021:
Mr Bill Craig. Mrs Myra Morton. Mrs Alice Pryde.
All of the familiar faces and each one a supportive member of the Middle Church.
Our Locum Richard Beattie has been recording Sundays Service’s since the lockdown and these will continue for the short term and are posted on our website on a weekly basis.
Speaking to many members I know some are anxious to get back to church and some are anxious about coming back to church but I can assure you that all government guidelines for the opening of churches will be adhered to including social distancing, wearing masks and
while sadly still no singing we will have music for you to enjoy.
I hope to see you soon.
Gordon Russell. ( Session Clerk)
We are sad to announce that the following members have sadly passed away between 2020 and March 2021
Mrs. L. Stevenson
Mr. T. Peat
Mr. W. Fotheringham
Mrs. O. Lithgow
Mrs. M. Mortimer
Mr. D. Forsyth
Mrs. D. McDougal
Mrs. E. Forster
Mrs. I. McDonald
Mrs. J. Peat
Mrs. M. Gibb
Mr. A. Pryde
Mr. W. Craig
Mrs. M. Morton
Mrs. A. Pryde