FROM THE SEC:
‘Stay at home’ with online worship
March 27, 2020
The Scottish Episcopal Church will broadcast the second of its weekly Eucharistic services on Sunday (29 March).
The service will be held in private, in line with SEC guidelines following government advice to suspend church services as part of the national effort to halt the spread of coronavirus.
At the end of a week where the public health message has been “stay at home”, worship will be led from the home of the Rt Rev Dr John Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh.
This website page will also contain a downloadable video and audio format of the service, when these are ready. The service will be available for one week after its initial broadcast, with the next service being shown at 11am on Sunday 5 April.
In advance of the service, the liturgy is available to download here. In response to queries about spiritual communion at home, the College of Bishops has today issued the following guidance on the SEC website.
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 at all, if people are simply given the opportunity to read the words of the Liturgy to themselves close to the appointed time, they will be praising God along with others in the Church.
March 19, 2020
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, held in private with no congregation, and led by the Most Rev Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, will be broadcast at 11am on Sunday, to coincide with when many people would normally be worshipping if church services had not been suspended following government guidance.
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 11am on Sunday 29 March.
While we are unable to attend church, we are putting together some suggestions for prayer that you can follow in your own homes:
BBC RADIO 4 Daily Service
THE SCOTTISH EPISCOPAL CHURCH Daily Prayer