The Northern Episcopalians
What does church mean during this time of lockdown? I think many of us were wondering if we might be able to go back to worshipping God in our church buildings in the way we’ve known and love. But this comforting aspect in our lives has been pulled out from under our feet. So what does that mean now?
There are many different theological insights that can be applied to our lives as they currently are, but one I put to you is that we are mirroring the lives of those in the Bible, particularly in the Hebraic Scriptures (the Old Testament).
‘Doing’ church online is new thing for many of us, and I have prayed, wondered, pondered and still am doing so, because of its potential but also its limitations.
The Scottish Episcopal Church has a service online every Sunday, and from Thursday 14th, there will also be a Service of the Word. The liturgy is available to download from the same page.
The ministry team of the linked charge of St John’s, Wick and St Peter & the Holy Rood, Thurso are offering Sunday reflections, midweek services, Evening Prayer and Compline each week. The rota for which is both on the Google calendar and ‘Services’ (links below).
One aspect which I think we all miss of having our churches open is the chance to simply sit and pray in the peace and quiet of the building. My offering to you is the Virtual Chapel (currently in creation).
Due to the stringent measures required to contain the Co-Vid19 virus, out of love our church buildings are closed for the time being, but our people continue to worship.
Reflections by the ministry team are available for each Sunday, with a note of the readings:
Midweek services continue (every Tuesday, and the first Wednesday of the month).
Evening Prayer is made available online from 17:30, with the liturgy from the SEC website.
The latest news from:
Ideas and resources for youth and children
Our calendar of local events shows what’s on.
The SEC Calendar has the daily readings for Eucharists and Daily Prayer. Just click on the entry for the day for all the information.
Liturgies for midweek services:
SEC Daily Prayer – I suggest you use what’s on the website as this will change every day.
Youth and children resources