As a church family we want to be wise in light of the on-going Coronavirus situation. It is important that we all endorse good practice and follow the advice given by public health professionals. We all have a part to play in helping to control the spread and effect of this virus.
The best defence against this infection is to ensure good hygiene with regular washing of hands and binning of tissues. In line with Public Health advice, we encourage anyone with a recent onset of cough and/or a high temperature to self-isolate and to contact their general practitioner for medical advice.
Following the latest Government directives on Monday 16th March the Kirk Session has agreed that it is best to cancel all church activities on our premises for groups over 20. This will include cancelling Sunday services, at least for the next three weeks – 22nd, 29th March & 5th April. This will be reviewed with regard to Easter Sunday 12th April.
We hope to be able to relay a shorter service using social media and our website so you may worship at home. We’ll be giving you more details about this over the next few days.
It is advised that anyone in the over 70’s bracket or with any underlying health conditions not attend any church group. Likewise, anyone who has been in contact with a wide range of people and may be carrying the virus should not attend.
We realise that there may be those in our congregation and community who are isolated or in need of assistance at this time and so elders have been asked to phone the most vulnerable in their districts in order to find those who potentially need help.
It is also our plan to do a postcard drop in Legacurry, Duneight and Ravernet offering help to anyone who might be isolated. Anyone needing assistance may contact their elder or you can contact the Church Office on 028 9263 9375 and speak to our Ministry Co-ordinator Helen Gault or leave a message on the answer machine. Helen will then direct your request to one of a group of willing helpers who will be glad to e.g. get some shopping, pick up a prescription or give whatever help they can.
We are aware that this a developing situation, so we will keep under review our plans which will be updated as required so please use our Facebook page and Church Website – www.legacurry.church to keep informed.
The Evangelical Alliance has echoed the good advice of health professionals and encouraged us in the following during this difficult time. As a church family, let’s be people of:
• Prayer – pray especially for health professionals, the elderly (particularly those who are resident in Care Homes and their staff) and community carers.
• Protection – be sensible and use best hygiene practice individually and as a church.
• Practical – look to the needs of others, especially our elderly and vulnerable neighbours.
We are people of faith, not fear, so let us not panic. Instead, let us be Prayerful, Protect ourselves and others and also be Practical in our care.
In his pastoral letter our Moderator Rt. Rev William Henry quotes Psalm 27v5
“For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling;
He will hide me in the shelter of His sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.”
With prayerful blessings at this unprecedented time,
Rev. Bobby Liddle on behalf of Kirk Session.