CORONOVIRUS. RESPONSE FROM THE SEC . CANCELLATION OF CHURCH SERVICES

Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway

March 18

At the end of an unprecedented day in the history of the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Primus, Bishop Mark Strange, reflects on a painful but necessary decision to suspend church services, and his belief that the way we now engage as we care for each other will make us stronger people, who will find new ways to communicate with others about what is special to us about Christ.

“We are still here to spread the love of God by the way we respond; still here to encourage other people to turn to Christ; still here doing the work and mission of the church, just in a different way.”

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Due to the current epidemic, as from today (17 March) the Scottish Episcopal Church has decided to cancel all church services until further notice. As soon as services are streamed online, we’ll let you know.

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Scottish Episcopal Church

As part of our response to the developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, a group of communications workers within the Scottish Episcopal Church is working on the imminent introduction of regular broadcasts of worship, to be made available to those in our congregations and across the country who have decided to self-isolate or who are otherwise unable to attend Church at this time.

It is recognised that even though places of worship have been told by the Scottish Government that they do not have to close their doors, there are people who will not want to attend church during the current crisis despite all the measures being taken to protect the vulnerable in our midst.

The planned broadcasts, the first of which will be on Sunday 22 March and thereafter weekly, will be made available as widely as possible to as many members as possible, with special considerations made to try to reach and include in some way those who are unable to access the internet and those with accessibility requirements. The intention is to offer worship that directly involves those who are in their homes, if possible. We can worship together and pray together, despite the geographical separation.

Further details will be published early next week to clergy, lay readers, diocesan and vestry secretaries, but in the meantime any Church member who is interested in participating and and any Church able to host the filming of a service or prayer meeting should contact the SEC Digital Communications Co-ordinator at aidans@scotland.anglican.org

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Friday 13 March:
The Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) today issues updated guidance from the College of Bishops on how members and clergy should respond to the spread of COVID-19.
https://scotland.anglican.org/coronavirus-updates/