NEWSLETTER / CHURCH SERVICE

Rev John Wells Podcast 10th January 2021 Sunday Service

Dear Friends and Members of St.Margaret’s Parish Church,

Please find below a link to this week’s podcast service of worship:

https://www.buzzsprout.com/998227/7206505

There are three hymns in the service:

CH4.   334   “On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry …………………………………………………………………………………………”                        Tune: Winchester New.

CH4.   631   “A little child the saviour came …….…………………………………………………………………………………….…..”                        Tune: Commandments.

CH4.   510   “Jesus calls us here to meet him …………………………….. …………………………………………………………….”                         Tune: Lewis Folk Melody .

I hope that you are all well.

Yours,     John

Rev John Wells Lockdown #2

Dear Friends and Members of St. Margaret’s Parish Church,

Yesterday the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon set out new Covid19 restrictions in the form of a second National lockdown. Some may have anticipated that this measure was coming; others may have been caught out and are dismayed that we seem to be back at square one with the difficulties and deprivations that the first lockdown period placed on them.

No matter how this second lockdown comes to you, please bear with the requirements to act more cautiously as regards staying at home, and where you require to venture outdoors maintain all the requirements regarding social distancing, hand washing and mask wearing. The alarming rate-of -spread of the recently isolated Covid19 variant makes this second lockdown necessary and critical to breaking routes of transmission.

St. Margaret’s Parish Church along with all buildings providing religious services are now closed and no services will be taking place. A podcast service of worship will continue to be made available through this time of lockdown to those who have internet access. I have been most grateful to the leaders of Church Family Groups who have been keeping in contact with members of their individual grouping. Can I encourage you all to do your best in maintaining contact with one another – by mail, telephone or if you have a smart phone or computer by social media platforms.

My encouragement to you, to reach out to other members - whether they are next door neighbours or members whose contact details you know, is made as this second lockdown is taking place over the shorter/dark days of winter and not as with the first lockdown, which occurred during the days of Spring 2020. I will not be alone in finding this time of the year a drag on my mood and energy. Keeping in contact with each other we can demonstrate the practical care that we profess in and through our faith.

Do not hesitate to contact me at the Manse if you think I can be of assistance or if you simply want to chat to someone. I would be grateful too if you know anyone who you think is isolated and could do with some contact or a call.

Yours, John

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