A Happy New Year from the minister.
The year has just started, and we are facing a new lockdown. It doesn’t sound like a great year ahead, but we really hope this will be lifted soon and the schools will be open and slowly we will get back to everyday life again.
As you will know the First Minister has announced changes to Level 4 restrictions covering all the Scottish mainland. The regulations for these will be published on Wednesday, the 6th of January, and will come into effect on Friday although the legal requirement to stay at home (with exceptions) came into force at midnight this Tuesday, the 5th. The restrictions will last for four weeks in the first instance.
For the “enhanced” Level 4, the main impact on us is that from Friday 8th church buildings must be closed for worship or private prayer but available for funerals and weddings.
There’s a concern not only for churches but also for schools, businesses and people in a vulnerable situation. Will you please remember in your prayers the households, pupils, parents, shops and employees in Dingwall and the surrounding area?
Through history, Christians were pioneers in helping people in dramatic situations like this; they founded hospitals, orphanages and many other institutions to help injured and vulnerable people. They are an inspiration for us in the 21st century as we face this pandemic.
In summary, our message to you is this:
The building is closed, but the Church remains open. We appreciate that this is a stressful time for many. The Church remains open through our online services in our Youtube and Facebook platforms; there is a new service every Sunday. You can watch older ones too. In our Zoom meetings, we can interact with each other: we have three Zoom meetings every week. If you need further information on how to connect with the online Church or if you want to include a friend, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We will get through this…
If you (or someone you know) need help or wish to talk to someone from Castle Street Church, please contact your elder or call me on 07807 796014. We are here to support you and care for you.
‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…’ Psalm 46.
We haven’t started the year with great news, but we trust that God is and will be blessing us through this again.