Not having a minister has not stopped our churches from being very active during the pandemic and we have continued to serve our communities. Here are some of the things we have done.

  • Both churches invested in audio-visual technology in order to show services to our congregations.
  • A fibre internet connection was installed.
  • Services were repeated when the number of worshipers exceeded the number allowed in the building.
  • Live streaming to the church hall also took place as numbers increased.
  • Elders offered personal assistance to their district, giving support and help when required.
  • The Foundations Group still met weekly online and set up their own social media group to keep in touch.
  • The Session Clerk sent out a daily message to everyone on our emailing list, along with Daily Reflections from a local minister.
  • Church bells were rung each Thursday during the 'Clap for Key Workers'.
  • Elders phoned the members in their district to keep in touch.
  • We joined our interim moderator's church for weekly prayer meetings.
  • Our Facebook page was regularly updated with news.
  • A 'Positive Lenten Challenge' was posted each day in the lead up to Easter.
  • Foodbank collections still took place.
  • Christmas gift collection still took place.
  • Informal groups watched the same service online at home to worship together.
  • Our Foundations Group performed a virtual nativity.
  • The Advent Ring was lit virtually each Sunday and placed on our Facebook page.
  • We had Virtual Foundations Group prize giving with everyone sending in a wee video.
  • The Moderator of the General Assembly's Holy Week Reflections were followed by a large number of our congregations.
  • And in June we appointed a new Locum (all the way from the USA).