UPDATE ON CHRISTMAS
We were so looking forward to gathering (at a distance, of course) on Christmas Day in St Fillan’s. It is always good to be joined by families who have come ‘home’ for the holidays.
Last Saturday the First Minister gave an announcement indicating the very strong concern that the Scottish Government is feeling about the Corona Virus situation and the new strain which seems to be much more virulent. Most of the country is to enter Level Four restrictions by Friday. The First Minister has asked people not to gather in large groups and to remain at home. I know this will be difficult for many of you who had plans to visit family and gather for a few days to enjoy the celebrations. This now cannot happen and even on Christmas Day the First Minister suggested that we would be safer staying at home.
It seemed to me that because we are a rather elderly congregation it would be wise to cancel our church services on Christmas Day. Please believe me when I say this decision was not taken lightly. However, it seems daft when we are discouraged from meeting our own kith and kin and then to gather indoors in a church building, no matter how careful we are with health and safety.
However, Christmas is not cancelled! St Fillan’s is not closed! We shall be worshiping by Zoom together on the day and if you would like an invite please get in touch. Of course it won’t be the same. Nothing has been the same this year. But it will give us a chance to be together ‘virtually’ and share the love we have for the Christchild.
I realise that some of you will be dreadfully disappointed about this, and we shall especially hold in our prayers those who live alone and cannot meet with their families. Love was His meaning, and it is in love that we take care of each other now and always.
Ruth Innes, 21.12.20
At St Fillan’s we are seeking to live out the Christian life and to share that life with others; through our worship, our social events, and our involvement with the local community. We hope to be a welcoming and inclusive community: a place where all will find prayer, song, silence and sacrament; and a safe place for all, irrespective of age, race, gender, tradition, sexuality, disability or health. Old and young and all in between are most welcome. We use a Loop System on Sunday for those who are hard of hearing.
Our rector is The Rev’d Canon Ruth Innes. We also enjoy the occasional assistance of our retired Non-Stipendiary priest Rev Anthea Griggs.
St. Fillan’s buildings are well used during the week by a variety of local community groups, and it means a lot to the congregation that we can serve the local community in this way. The hall is available for occasional use at various times. Enquiries to the booking address in Contacts.
The Sung Eucharist is at 10.00am each Sunday morning.
On Wednesday mornings we have a Eucharist at 10.00am in the chapel followed by coffee in the rectory. (At the present time this is not happening because the chapel isn’t big enough to take any number of people.)
St Fillan’s is a Fair Trade Church. We use fairly traded products for our refreshments after services. We have a fair trade volunteer in our congregation, through whom a range of foodstuffs and gifts may be bought. There is an occasional stall in church.
We support a range of charities at home and abroad. Several members of the congregation are actively involved with Christian Aid, L’Arche, the Open Door Project in Morningside, Enable Scotland, Malawi Association for Christian Support, and Rainforest Saver.
If you need more information about a particular activity or aspect of church life, please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the Make Contact box on the right side of this page.