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Church Re-OpeningSt Nicholas pews

We have been so aware that these past three months have been exceedingly difficult for many of our members. A number have experienced the bereavement of losing a loved one, many have confronted health issues and others have had to face the prospect of unemployment or serious concern about the education and future prospects of our young people. Please be assured that throughout this unprecedented time in our lives you have been remembered in the thoughts and prayers of your Church Family.

As we begin at last to move cautiously out of lock-down, the decision was taken by a quorum of the Kirk Session, meeting digitally on Tuesday 23rd June, that we should now re-open the Church, firstly for Private Prayer and Reflection, beginning on Sunday 5th July. To allow the regulations regarding social distancing to be easily observed, the sanctuary will be open fromSt Nicholas chancel 10:30am until 12:30pm so that people may have time to come and go as they please, without crowding.

Please refer to the Re-Opening Guidance document regarding physical distancing and hygiene safeguards which have been put in place. We are indebted to Craig Provan for the enormous amount of work he has given to this, following Government Guidelines and those issued by the Church of Scotland. We would ask everyone entering the building please to respect the signage and comply with the guidance given in Craig’s document.

We sincerely hope that before long we will be able to open for public worship, when we shall have the pleasure of welcoming the Rev. Fraser Aitken as our new Locum. Until such time, we hope that you will be able to come along for a short period of private meditation from the beginning of July.

Wishing you God’s Blessing,

   Margaret McIntosh, Session Clerk

Donations

At this time when St Nicholas is closed you may be wondering how to donate.

There are a few methods available which will allow you to donate. Please go to our donations page for details.

Frank Pirie

I am sorry I cannot write personally to everyone who sent flowers and cards to me and my family. We have been greatly blessed by the kindness and thoughtfulness of so many people from the Church of St Nicholas. I think of the hymn “My Times are in Thy Hand” and so we ask for patience until the day the doors of St Nicholas are unlocked, and we can enter again, meet together, sing, pray and thank God for being with us.
Much love and gratitude,
God bless,
   Jen Pirie

Frank's funeral service took place on Thursday 18th June 2020 at Masonhill Crematorium. The Eulogy was given by Rev. Alastair Symington and can be found here.

 

Manse Garden

Members of the congregation have been engaged in the maintenance of the manse garden.

More volunteers will make the task easier. So, if you can spare some time to assist in the garden please contact Robert Dunn to arrange a time.

Alan McGregor

Alan died suddenly at home on Wednesday 20th May after a period of illness.

His funeral service took place on Tuesday 2nd June 2020 at Masonhill Crematorium. Alan's Eulogy was given by Rev. Alastair Symington and can be found here.

 

Christian Aid logo

As you know there can be none of the usual collections for Christian Aid this year. As with all charities, this is going to impact very severely. Anyone wishing to contribute may do so using the donations page on the Christian Aid website or by posting to Christian Aid, 35-41 Lower Marsh LONDON SE1 7RL.