As a result of Covid-19 St Paul's will be open for worship at 10.30am on Sunday mornings from 1st November. Booking is essential, see below.
The building is closed to all organizations.
The Church Office is also closed.
Although the building is closed the Church Community is very much Alive.
Up to date information including Sunday Services, can be found on the website www.stpaulsmilngavie.org.uk
Covid – 19 Update 20 October, 2020
St Paul’s will reopen for Sunday worship on 1st November subject to Scottish Government regulations and Church of Scotland Guidelines. The virus continues to be very active in the community as you will be aware but we believe that St Paul’s can safely meet the principles outlined in the current guidance document. We are aware that the guidelines can change very quickly and therefore they will be kept under constant review.
Worship under the current guidelines it will not be quite as we know it.
You should not attend church if you are unwell or showing symptoms of Covid-19, if you are isolating or living with someone who is isolating or who is unwell or if you are in the extremely vulnerable (extremely high risk) group. Also you should consider carefully before attending if you are in the vulnerable (higher risk) category.
- In coming to Church there should be no car sharing with anyone from another household.
- You must pre-register and have received confirmation before arriving at the Church.
- There will be no specific children’s programme.
- The joint services, with Baldernock, will start at 10.30am and last approximately 30 minutes.
- Social distancing rules must be adhered to at all times.
- You must obey stewards instructions.
- You must wear an appropriate clean face covering at all times, unless exempt.
- You will be required to sanitise your hands.
- After registration you will be escorted to a seat and must remain there throughout the service.
- Sadly singing is not allowed and there will be no pew bibles although music will be part of the service.
- The pew cushions have been removed.
- Toilet access will be restricted.
- At the end of the service you must remain in your seat until asked to leave by a steward.
- There will be no tea or coffee after the service and you are asked not to socialise.
The above is subject to Government Guidelines and although they may change, they are likely to be with us for sometime. While we look forward to being with one another again in the Lord’s House on the Lord’s Day we ask for your support and prayers as we go through the process of opening the Church for worship, all be it in unusual circumstances.
If you have any concerns or questions about the proposed reopening please do not hesitate to contact your District Elder or Graham Mill, Session Clerk.
Graham Mill, Session Clerk
St. Paul’s Prayer Meeting – 29 October 2020
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since, as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And, whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:12-17).
When we come into a relationship with God through Jesus, we are to rid ourselves of our old life and put on the new way of living given by Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit. Paul compares this to taking off old clothes and putting on new ones, and in these verses he gives us a challenging list of the qualities which we are to put on, which involve changing our reactions to others. In the wider world, if someone lets you down, that is often the end of the relationship. But Christians are not to bear grudges and to forgive as God has forgiven us. C.S. Lewis wrote, ‘To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.’ Paul sums up our new set of clothes with the one word, ‘love’, making it clear that love is not just an emotion but an action which we ‘put on’.
Paul stresses that, for this to be possible, we must set our hearts and minds in the right place: ‘Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts; ‘Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly’. God’s peace acts like a referee in our hearts, giving us a sense of his peace about what is right, and his word is our constant guide.
Give thanks for
- The love of family and Friends.
- Our church family at St Paul’s and Baldernock.
- The opening of St Paul’s on Sunday morning 1st November; giving thanks to all the people who have worked behind the scenes to make this possible .
- The Evening Devotion, led by Fergus, which is broadcast on line.
- All Ministers and Church Leaders as they, too, preach the Gospel Sunday by Sunday.
- Our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in these anxious and uncertain times – where would we be without Him.
- Books, music and hobbies which we are able to enjoy.
- People who keep us safe and well - police, medical staff, paramedics, firefighters.
Prayers for our Community and Country
- As St Paul’s reopens this Sunday – pray for Fergus as he prepares and preaches the Word. Pray for all who will hear it – at Church and on line, giving thanks for the wider ministry which is available during this time of restriction.
- Our Church Family
- Our political leaders in Westminster and the devolved Governments of the UK who, whilst dealing with all the issues involved with the Pandemic are also dealing with the other vital aspects of the nation’s life – economy, health care, employment, education, research, and social services. They need more than human wisdom to deal with all the above issues, and we pray for them at this time that they will be given God’s wisdom.
- Doctors, Nurses, Health Professionals, Paramedics, Police and Fire Services
- Vaccine – continue to pray for all the research work that is going on around the World to find an effective and safe vaccine. Pray that one will be found soon.
- People missing out on visits with family members in their homes; social interaction with friends and generally finding the restrictions confusing and difficult to cope with.
- People who care for loved ones at home who are unwell or have dementia and are missing the help and support received from staff at Day Centres.
- People who have loved ones in Nursing Homes and/or hospitals and they are not able to visit them or be close to them the way they would like.
- People you are recovering at home from all sorts of Hospital procedures - as stays in hospital are so much shorter due to Covid-19 .
- People who have lost their jobs – and are anxious and concerned about the impact this will have on their financial ability to support their families
- Increase in number of Coronavirus Cases – pray for people who are in intensive care and for the hospital staff as they seek to bring help and healing.
Prayers for the peoples of the world :
- Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal – give thanks for the people who will contribute to the Shoe Box Appeal and for the adults and children who will receive a Christmas gift this year. Pray too for all the people who will deliver the boxes of welcome gifts.
- Migrants – two adults and two children – aged 5 and 8 - have died after a boat sank off the cost of Northern France. 15 others have been taken to hospital. There are many other people making perilous journeys, fleeing oppression and war.
- Europe – many countries have seen a considerable increase in the number of cases and each country has put measures in place in an attempt to halt the spread of the virus. Austria – has announced new restrictions on social gatherings; Belgium could soon be overwhelmed by a new increase in the number of people infected by the virus; Czech Republic – has the highest rate of the virus at the current time France – local lockdowns are planned for some cities including Paris; Ireland – is looking at further restrictions; Italy – recorded its highest daily infection on Sunday. Pray for wisdom for the Leaders in each of the countries as they make difficult decisions affecting every aspect of their citizens lives.
- Refugee Camps throughout the world – Covid-19 will be spreading throughout these camps where there will be a dearth of medical facilities and medical personnel. Pray for the people (mainly women and children) who will be struggling to survive.
- Tear Fund, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) , Christian Aid – as they seek to bring help and comfort to the most sick and needy
- USA Presidential Election on 3 November 2020 – final week of canvassing before the Election - continue to pray for the American people in the lead up to the election.
- Vine Trust Appeal – vinetrust.org – “It was hoped that 2020 would be a record year for volunteering and programme delivery. We wanted to build on the 2 million plus medical consultations delivered by our medical ships, alongside the 10 orphanages and 144 individual family homes built in Peru and Tanzania by our partners and volunteers. Instead, due to the global pandemic and closed international borders, our 2020 volunteering programme was decimated by approx. £220,000 and our medical ships were laid up for several months, especially on the Peruvian Amazon. We are keen to maintain our projects and ensure that the medical ships are used fully in serving the communities in partnership with local health authorities. If you feel led to support this vital work, please go to the link above – thankyou”
- The Guild, Breakaway, The Men’s Association, The Lunch Club, Noah’s Ark, The Girl’s Brigade and Sun Kids have cancelled all meetings until further notice.
- Although the Thursday evening Prayer Group will not meet, a prayer guide will be available on line each week.
- Friendship House is closed until further notice.
- Life magazine has been produced and is available on line. Hard copies are available on request.
The Congregational Board & Kirk Session meetings have been cancelled.
Communication is going to be an issue in the next few weeks and months and if you have access, please check the Church web-site for up to date information.
I would ask you to be aware of and follow the latest guidance issued by the Government and the NHS and would encourage anyone who is in a vulnerable group or who is in close contact with someone else who might be vulnerable, and to anyone who feels even slightly ill, to consider staying at home.
The question arises as this situation develops, is how can we maintain our community, our friendships, the joy of meeting and worshipping with others? There are no easy answers and we won’t really know how this is going develop and affect us for some time. Perhaps we could phone someone for a chat and even pray together because it is more important than ever at this time, to stay connected with each other. Remember not everyone is on social media.
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