Please see below ‘Church Services’ for all forthcoming ‘Diary Dates’
Regular Sunday services following advised limited restrictions have commenced in the Great Glen churches.
Worship Every Sunday
10 am Family Service at Fort Augustus Church
12 pm Family Service at Glengarry Church
Future Diary Dates
“He is not here, He is Risen!” Matthew 28.6
Service times every Sunday
Fort Augustus Church at 10am and Glengarry Church at 12pm
.Sunday 5th June at 10am Family Service and Confirmation
at Fort Augustus Church
H.M. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend
Garden Party at Fort Augustus Parish Church on Sunday 5th June
(teas in the Church Hall if wet)
cream teas and home baking, treasure hunt, music, exhibition of memorabalia and, the original film of the Queen’s Coronation in Westminster Abbey
Everyone Welcome. The celebration starts at 2pm and continues until 4pm.
Looking back and forward – the National Pandemic
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 2020, 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 was then not permitted in church, sanitising of worship areas and the wearing of face masks continued in compliance with ‘Phase 3’ of the national ‘lock down’. Churches were then required to observe a track/trace system for all attendees. Worship was only possible that complied with these restrictions and for very limited numbers. The national office of the Church of Scotland 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 0’.
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 was subsequently adjusted. Regular Sunday worship following all guidelines recommenced in April for groups of no more than twenty people. The situation was still under constant review.
Progress was made when it was announced by the Scottish Government that the wearing of masks in Scotland would end in March 2022. There are now no restrictions on church capacity for all services. Sanitisation is available in the churches (and track/tracing for visitors).
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.
(visit the ‘Home Page’ of this website for further information)
Please note the church buildings of the Great Glen are now open for prayer and to visitors during week day light hours. 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 liaise with the Minister about the national situation.
GREAT GLEN CHURCHES
OF FORT AUGUSTUS AND GLENGARRY
The Church of Scotland in Fort Augustus and Glengarry extends a warm welcome to visitors to the area 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. 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 (tel: 01320 366210) or, speak to an elder if you need any further information.
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.