When will St Columba’s be open again?
Several people are asking this question and the short answer is “We are not yet sure”. The Scottish government has given permissions for some use of church buildings, but the guidelines from the government and the Church of Scotland have a lot of restrictions and required procedures. We have set up a group to monitor the rapidly changing guidelines and to consider the practical precautions we will need to take. We would love to return to have the building being the active worship centre and community resource it was before lockdown. However, our primary concern is for the health and safety of the congregation and community, including those who are especially vulnerable. Therefore, we cannot set any dates at the moment, but we will keep people informed as the situation changes.
If you have any questions, please e-mail email@example.com or phone (01592) 752539.
There are other opportunities for online worship –
BBC Reflections at the Quay at 11:45am on BBC One and at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000h441
The Church of Scotland web site has various other options – https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/stay-connected-with-the-church-of-scotland
In these strange times when we are unable to worship together St Columba’s income has been hit hard. We still have our Ministries & Mission contribution, salaries and other overheads to pay.
If you would normally give to the church through Free Will Offering envelopes or open plate, please consider setting up a standing order either via Internet banking or you can be sent a form to post or hand in to your bank. For further details contact the treasurer Dorothy Woolley by email (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone on 01592 745003.
Regular or one off donations by cheque would also to be welcomed. Again please contact Dorothy about this.
Alternatively you can make donations via our give.net page at https://www.give.net/20197489 This has options for one off or monthly donations. If you do wish to donate to the church on a regular basis setting up a standing order would be preferable as give.net take a small percentage for an administration fee.
We would like to thank each and every one of our St Columba’s Church family for their continued support through this unprecedented time.
INFORMATION AND RESOURCES RELATING TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS
Each Sunday we will live stream or upload worship on the YouTube channel. There will also be other occasional items.
COVID-19 Information (updated Saturday 21st March)
The Church is not a building, the Church is not a steeple.
The Church is not a resting-place, the Church is a people!
I am the Church! You are the Church!
We are the Church together!
All who follow Jesus, all around the world,
yes, we’re the Church together.
Richard Kinsey Avery (b. 1934) and Donald Stuart Marsh (b. 1923) Reproduced from CH4 CD-ROM edition, number 204
Words and Music: © 1972, Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188, USA. All rights reserved. Used by permission. CCLI No. 178199
St Columba’s building is now closed except for NHS Baby Immunisation Clinics, which are regarded as essential and will be taking place on Thursdays. These will be run by the NHS nurses, who will take responsibility for the Coronavirus precautions. The only other access will be by Carol or one of the other folk who has the alarm code very occasionally to keep an eye on a possible ant infection in the kitchen. No other key holders should attempt to access the building because the alarm will be set.
However, St Columba’s Church is still very active. There will be regular updates through the Facebook page, website and on the dedicated telephone number (01592) 366016. The answering machine in the church office will be checked by remote access.
There is also an ongoing programme of telephone calling of members and others. Please keep in touch with folk and if they need advice or help, please contact me (742233), Carol or the church office (752539).
St Columba’s Parish Church is situated beside St Columba’s roundabout, near the Kingdom Shopping Centre in Glenrothes. We seek to share God’s love with the people of the parish and beyond.
Our main worship service starts at 11am and all are invited to stay for Tea and Coffee after the service at about 12 noon. We start the service together and, except when we have family services, children leave for the crèche or Junior Church after about 20 minutes.
We welcome visitors to our services. Please don’t worry about what to do when, what to wear or feeling you have to be on your best behaviour! We are just delighted to welcome you.
Messy Church is held on the second Sunday of each month between 4pm and 6pm. This is for anyone, but especially families. It includes crafts, games, singing, stories and we end by sharing a hot meal together.
We hold special services, especially around Christmas and Easter. We also sometimes share worship with the other churches in Glenrothes and Leslie.
See Our Malawi Partnership page for details of our partnership discussions with Chuluchosema CCAP Church in Malawi.
St. Columba’s Parish Church of Scotland, Glenrothes (SC016386)
Minister – Alan Kimmitt (01592) 742233 or email@example.com