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Selected items of News from the Church of Scotland website are found at the foot of our News page.

Presbytery

As agreed by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on 1 January, the Presbytery of Forth Valley and Clydesdale came into being, marking the coming together of Hamilton and Lanark Presbyteries. It is anticipated that shortly after the General Assembly of 2022, the Presbytery of Falkirk will also join Forth Valley and Clydesdale. A review of what it means to be a Presbytery is being carried out, looking at how the Presbytery can best serve the mission of God in our area, and moving forward with anticipation and hope into a future that only God knows. 

The Presbytery of Hamilton and the Presbytery of Lanark granted powers to the Joint Presbytery Transition Group in order to put in place appropriate interim Clerking arrangements for the new Presbytery. Staffing discussions continue but at this time Rev. Bryan Kerr has been appointed as the Depute Presbytery Clerk and will be acting as Interim Presbytery Clerk for the initial period. 

The Presbytery Office will be based in Rex House, 103 Bothwell Road, Hamilton and when restrictions ease, will hopefully open at various points during the week. Until then the best way to contact the Presbytery is by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone on 01698 285672. A mobile number is also available over the next week or two - ask your elder or the Church Office. 

Click Here to watch a video of Rev. Kerr introducing himslef and the new Presbytery of Forth Valley and Clydesdale.

Church Activities Restricted

You will all be aware of government concerns about the current steep increase in Covid cases due to Omicron, and the re-imposition of some Covid restrictions from Boxing Day.

While attendance at church is still allowed, there is an impact on our organisations and activities in and around the church

The updated guidelines from Church of Scotland make specific mention of meetings stating: 

“in person meetings should not take place, and neither should small study groups or prayer meetings in church or in homes at this time.” 

As a consequence, all of our in-person activities, apart from worship and Sunday School, are suspended as long as current restrictions apply.

The current measures should be reviewed by the Scottish Government in mid-January, after which the Church of Scotland will prepare and circulate revised guidelines. We will then look at how they impact on our own situation at the Old Parish Church and give you a further update. 

Christmas Services
We hope you enjoyed the Christmas services!
* On the 19th, the congregation, some in costume or with props, joined in at a quite noisy Nativity service. Boom!
* Christingle was online on Zoom - Our minister described it as "a beautiful service with about twenty families, all making 'Christingles'".
* The Watchnight service included readings from Jim alternating with commentary from Anne. The Choir then sang us into Christmas Day thanks to a recording made on their phones during lockdown - and a cleverly contructed video which made it look like they were all together in the church.
* The location of the Christmas morning service was changed a couple of times due to Covid measures and the number of places booked, but in the end was much quieter than expected. Children brought in their new toys as usual, and we heard about presents received by some adults too. 
* On Boxing Day we were delighted to welcome members of the West Kirk, as we share worship on alternate years.
 
Important Update
 
The Covid guidance from the Church of Scotland was updated in the light of concerns over the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. 
 
We want everyone to feel as safe as possible in our church while collectively doing our best to help reduce the spread of the new variant.
 
New measures:
 

1. Please take regular lateral flow tests (LFT), ideally one before attending our services. 

(You can order free lateral flow tests online (Click Here for the NHS link) and they arrive in the post within a couple of days. Or you can collect them from some pharmacies and local Covid Test Centres. Note: They are now even easier to use than the original tests.

2. The Choir will now wear masks even when singing. 

3. 1 metre socially distancing applies throughout the church, and hand sanitisers at the doors, as well as special cleaning between services.
 

July EKO Magazine 

We are producing our church magazine throughout the summer, as we did last year, in response to the pandemic. The deadline for submissions to the August magazine is 21st July.
 
Click the Pic for the current magazine:
Read, save, or print off... 
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Note: While guidelines now allow us to resume personal delivery of the magazine by Helping Hands, if you wish to receive the EKO by email, please contact Isobel Gray - you can use the Church Office number: 01355 279004, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

 

From the Church of Scotland website:

Moderator invites us to mark Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

This year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, based on the theme of ‘We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him' (Matthew 2:2), takes place from Tuesday 18 January until Tuesday 25 January, with brand new resources available including a Scots Gaelic translation of this year's guide.

Click Here to read more on the Church of Scotland website and to get the link for downloading the resources.

 

The Moderator sends a Christmas Message 

Click Here to hear Lord Wallace extend Christmas greetings to one and all.

 

Church of Scotland's Advent Calendar: Light in the Darkness 

The countdown started as Advent began on Sunday 28 November and runs until Friday 24 December. This year, contributors across the length and breadth of the Church of Scotland are joining together to shine a ‘Light in the Darkness' through this year's Advent calendar. The theme is inspired by John 1:5 ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it':

Click on Advent Day 1 for Lord Wallace's introduction to the daily Advent series. Click on the link at the foot of the page to see them all as they appear each day up until Christmas. 

 

Moderator and Archbishop issue a statement on refugee crisis

As at least 27 people died trying to reach the UK in a small boat this week....

The Moderator of the General Assembly and the Archbishop of Canterbury have issued a joint statement about the plight of refugees and asylum seekers following the tragic loss of life in the English Channel.

Click Here to go to this Church of Scotland news item. 

   

News of Church of Scotland Moderator-Delegate 2022-23

Rev Iain Greenshields has been named as the next Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

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Click Here to read more about Rev. Iain Greenshields in a Church of Scotland News article.

For more news from the Church of Scotland website Click Here


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