Welcome to St. Nicholas'
 

:: A letter from the Minister - 30th August 2020 ::

Dear Friends,

For the past five months, yes five months, almost half of the year, we have been unable to meet together for worship or any kind of fellowship and I know that it has been greatly missed by us all.

Although our buildings have been empty, our congregational life has continued, albeit in new ways. We have been keeping in touch with people by phone, email, snail mail, social media as well as meeting in much smaller groups in gardens and open spaces from time to time.

Covid 19 has not gone away and is still making life complicated for us all. Life is returning a little to normal as the schools return full time and a number of retail and hospitality spaces reopen.

The guidance is changing and churches are now able to consider reopening for worship, which we plan to do on Sunday 6th September 2020 at 11am.

This will not be worship as we knew it before. At the moment we can only fit 42 people seated in the sanctuary, this is less than we would usually have and we will therefore have to book a seat before the Sunday to ensure a seat is available. There will be no organist and no singing. There will be recorded music, prayers, readings and a sermon/reflection. The service will last around 30-40 minutes. We will enter and leave using social distancing and there will be a one way system in place. We will have plenty of people on duty to guide and keep everyone right on the day.

Some may feel unsure about returning yet and that is natural. We miss you but your safety is more important right now. You can join us on Sundays at 11am using a PC, tablet or phone via the zoom app using Meeting ID: 859 8852 7196 and Passcode: zoom1234.

If you aren't able to come to church we will continue to keep in touch with you as we are now. Sadly, we are not able to offer creche or Sunday school at the moment but will as soon as it is safe to do so. It is unlikely we will produce a newsletter at the moment so please check the website or Facebook page or with an elder or myself over the phone for the latest news.

Some good news to share is that the building work started in Hartlaw in the middle of August and is expected to take 20 weeks. We will be worshipping in Bowfield till they are finished.

Fortunately for us God does not live in our church buildings but is to be found everywhere and anywhere, any time of day or night. We can speak to God without the need for phones or internet, God is always listening and ready to answer our prayers. The following hymn reminds us of this and I leave you with the words to ponder.

What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to share, what a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer. O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer! Have we trials and temptations? Is there rouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged, Take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness, take it to the Lord in prayer. Are we weak and heavy-laden, cumbered with a load of care? Precious Savior, still our refuge - take it to the Lord in prayer; do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer; in His arms He'll take and shield thee, thou wilt find a solace there.

Dear friends - stay safe, take care and God bless.

Lyn Peden

Guidance to Congregation for attending a short Sunday Service from 6th September 2020

The Kirk Session has agreed that our Sanctuary, in Bowfield Crescent, will be open for short services from Sundays 6th September 2020, the building will not be open before 10.30am. Services will start at 11am, and last around 30-40 minutes.

Due to the current restrictions we only have seating for 42 people and therefore are asking that you pre- book a seat in advance of the Sunday.

Please call or text 07737 462 871, calls should be made no later than 8pm on the Saturday night if you wish to attend the next day. You can also book a seat online using Eventbrite.co.uk - search for St Andrew and St Nicholas.

If you prefer to stay home you can still watch the service by using the Zoom app on any PC, tablet or phone - use Meeting ID: 859 8852 7196 and Passcode: zoom1234.

Due to the current Government restrictions we have created a list of guidelines for the safety of the congregation and these will be adhered to at all times. The measures may change in line with Government advice and we will update them when they do.

The current guidelines are:
  • If you have a temperature or feel unwell you should not attend.
  • There will be a maximum of 42 persons in the sanctuary at one time.
  • You cannot travel to church in another person's car (unless you are in the same household or part of a social bubble).
  • Entry to the building will be by the main door Bowfield Cres (wheelchair access and those with reduced mobility can use the ramp at the rear door and Stewards will be on hand to advise).
  • A one way system will be used within the building (directional arrows will be displayed and stewards will be on hand to advise)
  • Face coverings will be required to be worn at all times inside the building (unless you have an exemption).
  • It is mandatory for you to provide your name and contact number on entry, for trace and protect, should the need arise.
  • Collection plates will be available for offerings as you enter the building.
  • Pew cushions have been removed - if you need a cushion, you may bring your own and take it away with you. It cannot be left in the building.
  • You will be asked to use the sanitising stations when you enter and exit the building.
  • You will be guided to an available seat, this may not be where you usually sit.
  • You will be unable to use hymn books or sing in worship.
  • The Lord's Prayer may be said quietly into your mask.
  • The toilet facility in the vestibule at the main door and the disabled toilet at the rear vestibule will be available for use. Sanitising products will be provided for you to use before and after use. The toilet lid should be down prior to flushing.
  • You will exit the building by the rear door to the carpark.
  • Please refrain from parking vehicles in the carpark.
  • Please refrain from congregating either inside the building or outside the entrance and exit.
  • There will be no provision of teas/coffees as this is prohibited at this time.
  • There will be no Sunday School or creche facility at the moment.
  • A new cleaning schedule will be implemented.

If you have been given medical advice to shield or are in any of the Government at Risk Categories you should consider if it is safe for you to attend church or not.

If you are unable to attend church at this time, we are still here for you and if you need support please let us know.

The minister, Rev. Lyn Peden, can be contacted by email at [email protected] and also by phone, either at the Manse on  0141 883 9873 or on her mobile on 07737 462 871.

:: Updates ::
30/08/2020 Added detail around resumption of worship services.
06/05/2020 Lyn now has a YouTube Channel. To visit the channel Click Here
14/02/2020 Mar 2020 - May 2020 edition of Parish Magazine is now online. Click Here