On Wednesday 18th March, 2020, the Church of Scotland in conference with the Scottish Government enforced emergency powers in order to protect our safety in consequence of which all services in church buildings throughout the land were suspended. We were given instructions to ‘cancel all gatherings both large and small in church buildings for worship and social events, meetings, house groups and regular cafes until further notice’.
As of 15th July, however the Scottish Government further advised there would be restrictions for all worship permitted after full risk assessment. ‘Social distancing’ of 2 metres must be observed, singing is not permitted in church, sanitising of worship areas and the wearing of face masks remain in place in compliance with ‘Phase 3’ of the national ‘lock down’. Churches are required to observe a track/trace system for all attendees. Worship is only possible that complies with these restrictions and for very limited numbers. The national office of the Church of Scotland has announced the ‘capping’ of congregational numbers (where limited worship applies) depending on the size of the church building to a limit of between 20-50 until all restrictions are removed in ‘Phase 4’.
On Saturday 19th December it was further announced that Scotland will be in ‘lock down’ following Saturday 26th December (Boxing Day) for three weeks. This has subsequently been adjusted to one month from Tuesday 5th January. Limited worship following all guidelines will recommence in February for groups of no more than twenty people. The situation however, is under constant review.
Our Minister is in daily conference with the Church of Scotland’s ‘Covid-19’ briefings to the Faith and Nurture Forum at Edinburgh who are giving daily updates and briefings and advice to the church’s clergy.
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Please note, in compliance with emergency measures and instruction from the Church of Scotland, the church buildings remain closed during weekdays (unless otherwise intimated). A full copy of all our duly completed health, safety and fire, risk, assessments is available to see in the church. The Scottish Government and national Church offices of the Church of Scotland continue to advise the Minister on a daily basis about reopening for services in the light of the reemergence of a new strain of the virus ‘Covid-19’ that has developed . The churches will continue to plan and maintain all necessary business by email. All our office bearers and members receive updates of business and will be notified immediately of any national change affecting these measures and emerging developments.
We hope to return to our regular services and church activities as soon as it is safe to do so but, please note in view of the current national ‘lock down’ restrictions returning to ‘Phase 1’ and, heightened to ‘Tier 4’ for a month long national ‘lock down’ in Scotland from Tuesday 5th January, until further notice, all social meetings on church premises are currently postponed.
FUTURE DIARY DATES
Please note – numbers are limited at all services to 20 and, it would be helpful if you could please let us know (by phone call or email) if you0 expect to join us.
Sunday 7th February
Fort Augustus Church at 10am – Family Service
Glengarry Church at 12pm – Family Service
We are looking forward to being together again. In view of restrictions currently in place this year however, capacity is limited in the churches so please let us know if you expect to be present. All restrictions remain in place in church buildings and family ‘bubbles’ may need to be seated separately in the church or hall. This is to ensure safe distancing and to maintain the required 2 metre social distancing. Maximum number permitted at Sunday worship during ‘lock down’ is twenty people.
As time moves on into ‘Phase 4’, we hope the situation will ease to allow larger and more regular services in the Great Glen Churches. Further information will be intimated.
The Church of Scotland in Fort Augustus and Glengarry extends a warm welcome to visitors and families of our two communities. There are a wide range of Sunday Club activities for children attending any of the regular church services with their parents (outside periods of ‘lock down’). All our leaders are fully disclosed and aim to make this a time of fellowship and fun for you and your whole family. This is arranged for families at Fort Augustus and Glengarry Parish Churches during worship. Please contact the Minister if you need any further information (tel: 01320 366210).
Groups & Events in Fort Augustus Church and Hall
10.00am: Walking Group meets at 10am in front of the Church.
5.30 – 7.00pm Brownies;, contact Jessica 01320 366389 or 07881 363001
11.00am: Mothers’ Prayers. Ecumenical Group: Vestry at Fort Augustus.
7.30pm: Community Choir: Kathryn 07710 447 703
10.00am-11.30am: Café. All welcome
11.00am: Prayer group in the Vestry
2.00pm-4.00pm: Senior citizens keep fit / games: Cath Fraser: 366309
(outside ‘lock down’ restrictions this is the church programme)
First Monday of the month September – May 2.00pm – 4.00pm, Heritage Group, contact Lynne: 366262
First Tuesday of the month, September – May, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, Ladies Group.
First Thursday of the month at 11.30am Short Reflective Service in Church. Visitors Welcome.
Second Friday of the month at 7pm – World Film Presentation. All Welcome.