CRAIGIEBUCKLER PARISH CHURCH – UPDATE
As you will be aware the Scottish Government’s latest guidance is that there is no longer a need for physical distancing to be observed, although the advice is still to remain cautious in social settings. This means that in church we will remove the need for physical distancing from Sunday, 5th September. However, an area of the church will be set aside for those who are anxious about being too close to others in which we will retain 1 metre distancing. It will still be necessary for you to sanitise your hands on entering and leaving the building, and to wear face coverings while in church, including when singing. The offerings will continue to be taken at the church door. Although pre-booking a place for Sunday worship will no longer be required it would help with the administration of Trace and Protect, which is still a legal requirement, that, if you know you are coming to church, you contact the church office in advance. This will ensure the Trace and Protect check in at the church door is as smooth as possible.
Wednesday Worship restarts at 7pm on Wednesday, 1st September. Short service of worship lasting ½ an hour, with music, reflection, meditation. Continuing stories for Acts – The Early Church.
These services are held in partnership with our friends from Kingswells.
Live Streaming of Services
Over the past year a team has been working on equipping the church for the live streaming of services. In the last few weeks, a new Audio-Visual system has been installed by Mark and Matthew Philip and we are now ready to launch our online services live from Craigiebuckler. The services will go live on Sunday, 5th September at 10.55am on the Craigiebuckler Church YouTube Channel. Wherever you are join us at Craigiebuckler for worship each Sunday.
After Church Coffee
A number of folk have asked when we might be restarting after church coffees, an important part of the fellowship we share at church. We have decided to restart coffees in October allowing time for us to get used to being at church without the need for distancing before we move forward to another stage of returning to something more normal. After church coffee will resume on Sunday, 10th October.
NATIONAL GIVING DAY
In May the General Assembly agreed that congregations be encouraged to participate in a National Giving Day on a suitable day during September and October. This is to provide people of all ages an opportunity to reflect on God’s presence with us through these challenging times and to offer gifts of thanksgiving back to God.
Money received through this initiative will remain with participating congregations who will choose how to use these gifts. This money may be used to fund specific work, to launch a new project or simply to offset deficits, considering the challenging financial circumstances faced by many of our churches over the last year. Congregations can use the money locally or direct it towards projects at home or overseas, provided it will be used in line with the charitable objectives of the Church.
The Kirk Session have decided that Craigiebuckler should participate in the National Giving Day. The date for this will be Saturday, 16th October. We have decided that half of the money should be used for congregational purposes, specifically for the Fabric Fund to off-set the cost of the repair work carried out on the hall roof (see below) and that the other half be donated to Christian Aid whom we have not been able to support in our usual way during the last two years. On 16th October you are invited to join us at the Church Hall between 10am and 12noon, to make your contribution and to enjoy refreshments.
If you are unable to come on October 16th but would like to contribute, please send your donation care of the Church Office or it can be handed it in on either Sunday 10th or 17th October, please mark the envelope, National Giving Day.
Please support the Church’s National Giving Day on Saturday, 16th October, between 10am – 12noon in the Church Hall
MONDAY MORNING MARKET PLACE
Our very successful Monday Morning Market Place continues in the Couper Hall on Monday morning between 10-11am. This includes our collection of donations for Aberdeen Cyrenians, which are helping to make a difference to many in our city, our Fairtrade Stall, and Jean’s Jams and Marmalades the proceeds of which go to the Guild Projects.
A huge thanks to everyone who has supported this venture over the last eighteen months.
As things begin to reopen after such a long period of closure, please continue to take care of yourselves. We look forward to seeing you back at church, and church activities, when you feel it is safe to do so.
Kenneth L Petrie Fyfe Hepburn
Minister Session Clerk