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.