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Following the speeches made by the Prime Minister and First Minister on Monday 23rd March, Mayfield and Easthouses, Newtongrange and Newbattle churches are now closed for the foreseeable future.
Sunday worship services were cancelled under national guidelines from Wednesday 17th March until further notice.
Church buildings can no longer be kept open as a place for people to come and pray following stringent new restrictions put in place by the Scottish and UK Governments on Monday evening (23 March). Weddings, christenings and other ceremonies are also not possible at the moment with the exception of funerals which have a specific set of guidelines that can be discussed with the minister. The measures reflect the need to slow down the spread of the virus, reduce the peak impact of it and prevent the NHS being overwhelmed.
- The church building at Newtongrange will be open at times to provide the critical service offered through the Storehouse Foodbank. Members of the community are invited to drop in donations of tins or dried foods at the back door between 9.30am and 10.30am on Friday the 27th March and Friday the 3rd April.
The Ministry Team and office bearers encourage people to use alternative means to stay in touch as a church community whilst staying at home to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Instead, use telephone, the church website, social media or email to connect with pastoral support, practical help, spiritual guidance, worship and reflection.