Pew Sheet for Palm Sunday

Pew leaflet for Palm Sunday has been published in the appropriate section of this website.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and following guidelines issued by the College of Bishops, all public worship in Scottish Episcopal Churches has been suspended until further notice.

Gordon Chapel is also closed for private prayer and reflection.

Pew Sheet

Pew leaflet for this Sunday has been published in the appropriate section of this website.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and following guidelines issued by the College of Bishops, all public worship in Scottish Episcopal Churches has been suspended until further notice.

Gordon Chapel is sadly also closed for private prayer and reflection.

Online worship on Sundays

As part of the ongoing response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) will this Sunday (22 March) begin broadcasting video coverage of Eucharistic services via its website, social media channels and YouTube channel.  The web page for the broadcast is located at www.scotland.anglican.org/broadcast-sunday-worship

The first service, led by the Most Rev Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, will be broadcast at 11 am on Sunday, to coincide with when many people would normally be worshipping, if church services had not been suspended earlier this week.

The website will also contain a downloadable video and audio format of the service. A new service will be broadcast every Sunday on the SEC website, to allow all congregations to worship. We are aware that some congregations will offer their own version of online worship, but others will not have the means or resource to attempt this, hence this province-wide broadcast.

In advance of the broadcast of each provincial service, the Liturgy will be available to download from the SEC website.  We are conscious of the need to offer as much assistance as possible to those who have no access to the internet, and we encourage people to distribute the video/audio recordings and the Liturgy widely within their own personal networks. In households with no internet or playback capacity, people who can be helped by others through the provision of printed materials will have the opportunity to read the words of the Liturgy to themselves close to the appointed time, praising God along with others in the Church.

“Prayer is an important part of the tradition and spiritual life of the people of God,” said Bishop Mark. “In hard times and good times, quietly being before God with the people we love in our hearts encircles us all in God’s everlasting love and the promise of hope and salvation.”

The service will be available online after its first broadcast, followed by a new one each week, the next at 11 am on Sunday 29 March.

Donald Walker, Director of Communications, Scottish Episcopal Church

National Day of Prayer

Churches in Scotland, including the Scottish Episcopal Church, have joined together to sign a letter commending the Call for a National Day of Prayer in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Sunday 22 March, people of faith are being encouraged to light a candle and place it in their window at 7pm.

The letter, signed by the Primus on behalf of the College of Bishops, asks that we “join in prayerful solidarity with this witness”, describing the candle as “a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, the source of hope in this life”.

A copy of the statement Scottish Church Leaders Forum Statement 190320

Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) developing situation and following guidelines issued by the College of Bishops all public worship in Scottish Episcopal Churches has been suspended until further notice.

I am sure you are well aware of the current situation with regard to the Coronavirus and the latest guidance from the Westminster Government and the Scottish Government.
As a result, the College of Bishops yesterday morning announced that all public worship in Scottish Episcopal Churches will be suspended until further notice.

For your information, a copy of the College of Bishop’s guideline can be found at  https://www.scotland.anglican.org/coronavirus-updates/.

Although our churches will remain closed for public worship. Gordon Chapel Fochabers will remain open for private prayer and reflection between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm each day and we will endeavour to maintain this for as long as we can.

During this time prayer will be vital, even if we are not meeting collectivity.

The Scottish Episcopal Church daily prayer can be accessed at https://www.scotland.anglican.org/spirituality/prayer/daily-offices/ and the SEC is exploring the possibility of bringing something to people via technology on a Sunday morning. More details of this will be available in due course.

We will also continue to produce the weekly pew sheet which will be circulated via email or posted on the website. If you would like a copy emailed to you, please to let us know.

Pastoral Care and ministry will continue to take place. If at any time you have any concerns or you would like a conversation then please do not hesitate to contact me on 01542 882782 and I will respond to you.  Please also do keep in contact with each other via phone and other electronic means.

This is a time of uncertainty, and concern for many.  The message of our faith is one of hope.  As John put’s it in the prologue of his gospel “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” Or, as one prayer which I love puts it,

Glory to God,  whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, forever and ever. Amen.

In the knowledge of God’s love and grace and in prayer at this time and until we can meet together in person, peace be with you.