Covid-19 has predictably developed a new strain. It is more dangerous to all people especially anyone over the age of 20. In Moray the numbers have been increasing daily since before Christmas. So the Government is not over-reacting with lockdown. Please treat the next 8 weeks with the utmost care and protection for yourself and others. Much hope is being placed on the new vaccines. Pray to God that they will protect us all; and pray for all NHS staff.Meantime, the supermarkets deliver to your door if you can order online. Please use this facility if at all possible, instead of going to the shops.Some of our members have been active in sharing telephone calls with other Members and Church attenders. Please increase this activity if you can for the next two months. Whilst keeping social distance, a good walk in the park is quite therapeutic at this time. Otherwise, books, radio and television are good supports. Meantime, stay home and stay safe until this world pandemic has come to pass. Rest assured, our Church and hall are being kept in good condition for a return to normal activities.
Several people have complained about the Minister’s Beard ! SO… Donald is willing to have it removed on Christmas Eve if there is sufficient sponsorship to each of the three Kirk Treasurers. This will hopefully provide a Christmas boost and gift by you all to our much needed kirk funds during this crisis of Lockdown.
During this time of Lockdown, which will possibly last not 6 months but a year, we can all become anxious. Often the anxiety is due to something we have buried away in the past and now it has time to bubble up again. This may be accompanied by physical symptoms like lack of sleep, a racing heart or a sense of foreboding. The daily practice of meditation can help us all to reduce anxiety levels and find a temporary or lasting peace. Thanks to WCCM a Christian meditation group, you can access this now. All you need do is click here and listen to Father Laurence Freeman.OSB.
Meditation for Children
Many schools are now teaching reflective practices to children, sometimes called mindfulness. Schools do this as it helps reduce anxiety and enables children to learn and remember more easily. Here we encourage Christian Meditation for all ages. This link is a testimony from some children
This is the plan for the Church of Scotland’s activities , as put forward by the Assembly Trustees recently.
As the Church’s vision statement indicates – we are a Church which seeks to inspire the people of Scotland and beyond with the Good News of Jesus Christ. So, the critical elements of our Faith Action Plan are:
• Worship – continuously developing to reflect the changing needs of society • Witness – focusing on priorities, new ways of working and active stewardship • Nurture – faith formation & discipleship • Serving communities – supporting the local church and beyond. Partnering where we cannot make a significant impact or it is beyond our reach, capability or affordability. Collaboration & relationship building. • Training – a single integrated faith training programme with a clear focus on targeted selection, inspirational leadership for worship, witness, nurture, service and impact
Presbyteries and Kirk Sessions , along with all Members will be working to find new and innovative ways of implementing these goals over the coming year.
During the month of October we are encouraged by the Scottish Churches to reflect on our responses to poverty, both personally and at a Church level. Many people from all the Churches give their support to poverty minimising activities like Food Banks. Others help lobby their MPs and MSPs to address the needs of low income families and single people of all ages living alone. For further information please follow the online link: https://www.challengepoverty.net/ Please also watch our Church Service for 04 October 2020 which talks about this topic.